Virtuozzo debuts hyper-converged offering based on open source technology and optimized KVM

Virtuozzo announced on Monday general availability of Virtuozzo 7. With this new version, the platform ushers in a new level of portability, reliability, and performance, especially for customers in large data center environments where vendor flexibility, as well as low latency, is critical.

Virtuozzo 7 includes optimized KVM with rebuilt hypervisor core on top of open-source KVM resulting in better density, performance and security; rebootless kernel updates with ReadyKernel with enterprise grade, 24×7 support. More than 200 enhancements, including backup and out-of-the-box high availability and advanced memory management that outperforms CentOS KVM by up to 33 percent.

The platform also delivers additional Docker support including new storage plugin.Virtuozzo Storage outperforms open source software-defined storage Ceph by ten times or more, on identical hardware. Advanced Windows support is also added to KVM allows customers to run Linux and Windows workloads with the same features and level of stability.

Virtuozzo converges virtualization technology including system containers, hypervisor, and software-defined storage into one efficient platform. By supporting different types of scenarios, the platform gives the freedom to choose how and where users run their workloads to achieve the greatest density and performance within public or private data center.

It enables legacy workload bare-metal performance, secure isolation, and portability typically only seen with app containers. Virtuozzo also enables live migration and high availability and mutability between containers and VMs.

“Virtuozzo 7 is the most agnostic, agile, and cost-effective virtualization platform on the market today,” said Alexey Kobets, Virtuozzo’s senior vice president of research and development. “It combines our own optimized KVM and the ability to create system containers in a single hyper-converged platform. Leveraging the entire Virtuozzo 7 product stack–or utilizing standalone products within it, such as Virtuozzo Storage–gives our partners the flexibility and efficiency required to run their business across multiple clouds with the lowest total cost of ownership.”

Virtuozzo 7 has the ability to run applications or services in containers and hypervisors side-by-side, providing a truly consolidated view of compute, networking and storage, for ease of management. Additionally, Virtuozzo supports any orchestration solution such as OpenStack or platforms built in-house.

“The market for hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) will grow 79% to reach almost $2 billion in 2016, propelling it toward mainstream use in the next five years,” according to Gartner. “HCIS will be the fastest-growing segment of the overall market for integrated systems, reaching almost $5 billion, which is 24 percent of the market, by 2019.”

The platform includes an updated kernel to the latest version of CentOS (3.10+), providing even more stability and performance, while reinforcing Virtuozzo’s commitment to open source software. With this update, a new feature called ReadyKernel enables rebootless and instant patching of the kernel to power sensitive and critical applications which require continuous security management and uptime.

The cost to maintain open source or proprietary software has always been a concern to enterprises and service providers. Virtuozzo 7 offers a TCO three times lower than open source and five times lower than proprietary software and popular commercial hypervisor vendors.

“ViUX has successfully relied upon Virtuozzo for 10 years as our virtualization system,” said J.T. Smith, owner, ViUX. “As other options for virtualization became available, we’ve stayed with Virtuozzo as our provider because it has continually exceeded other systems in performance, features, and price–which enhanced our business bottom line over those years. The cloud storage feature of Virtuozzo has been invaluable in allowing ViUX to provide high-availability cloud VPS containers and hypervisors to increase ARPU.”

“We’ve successfully relied on Virtuozzo for nearly a decade as our virtualization provider,” said Todd Robinson, president, InMotion Hosting. “We also recently adopted Virtuozzo Storage for InMotion’s new choose your own stack cloud hosting. As a trusted partner that consistently outperforms other vendors, we will continue to look first at Virtuozzo for new technologies, like KVM and Docker, for our next generation of service tiers.”

Virtuozzo announced last month availability of Virtuozzo Storage for Docker. Delivering persistent storage capabilities for Docker production deployments, Virtuozzo Storage for Docker offers Docker volumes integration as the default stateful data storage mechanism on servers used by Docker applications in multi-server environments. Virtuozzo Storage for Docker is available for Insider Access as part of DockerCon.

“Docker containers deliver their core benefit of reusability and portability precisely because they are stateless, and persistent data is clearly separated. While in development, Docker native storage capabilities are usually sufficient. Once, however, a Docker application goes into production, you need a more robust solution to manage and protect such data – it is not just about test records anymore” said Rob Lovell, CEO of Virtuozzo. “A major management problem arises in highly dynamic multi-server environments—it becomes nearly impossible to efficiently manage application data using Docker alone. Virtuozzo Storage for Docker solves that problem.”

Instead of relying on external storage or risking data loss, when developers need stateful storage for their Docker containers and container-based applications they can use Virtuozzo Storage, a software-defined storage solution that can leverage the same hardware already used for Docker deployments.

In addition, Virtuozzo Storage for Docker scales for even the most demanding production applications, by delivering up to hundreds of nodes with petabytes of storage capacity – ensuring that storage capacity or performance is never a bottleneck when scaling out Docker production deployments.

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