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Virtuozzo to build a new stack for containerised computing

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May 12, 2016

Today Virtuozzo said it's going to build a comprehensive stack of new technology for containerised computing.

The company is the server virtualization remains of the now-devolved Parallels, which kept its name for a spin-out devoted to desktop hypervisors.

The company's cloud automation assets were sold to Ingram Micro and the Plesk service desk business also spun out to go it alone.

As was Virtuozzo, a business that offered virtualization software most-often-deployed by service providers to deliver dedicated cloudy servers.

Virtuozzo's wares were more akin to containers than virtual machines because it offered the ability to offer virtual servers that shared an operating system.

To be sure, that approach gathered a few enterprise customers, but on Parallels' watch the products were targeted at service providers.

Docker's since come along and made containers rather prominent, but not in the way Virtuzzo wielded them. But that's not stopping the latter company deciding it needs to get better at Docker-style containers.

Virtuozzo CEO Rob Lovell said the company has engaged in “deep discussions” with Docker about interoperability and integration with the goal being to have Virtuozzo “able to support Docker apps and lifecycle apps.”

Virtuozzo will ensure it's a decent platform for microservices, but will otherwise stick to its knitting as a platform for hosting more traditional applications.

Lovell said firms running about 1,000 Linux servers or more are the real targets, with the aim being to give such organizations the chance to bring the apps they run into a containerised environment.

Virtuozzo is to drop its proprietary hypervisor and instead adopt KVM, which Lovell thinks will do rather better as a host for Docker than other hypervisors.

A home-brew Linux distribution (based on CentOS) is on the cards, to host the whole thing, the company asserted.

Lovell also plans to build a standalone SDN (software-defined) storage product, a field in which he reckons his company has decent technology that just hasn't been exposed to customers yet.

Plans for that product call for compatibility with Amazon's S3 and JBODs as the underlying storage systems.

All those projects add up to a reasonably deep data centre stack, and that's where Lovell wants to be-- in the thick of it rather than on the service provider segment.

The reasons for the change are simple-- Lovell is putting Virtuzzo into a bigger market where he hopes there's more cash to be harvested. We'll keep you posted on these and other developments.

Source: Virtuozzo.

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