SWsoft™ to Deliver High-Powered Server Virtualization on IBM’s Intel-based eServer Line

November 19, 2002
IBM Server ProvenSWsoft Releases IBM ServerProven™ Results Showing 2,500 Instances of Linux Possible on a Single IBM eServer xSeries System

San Francisco, Calif., November 19, 2002 – SWsoft, Inc., leading provider of hosting automation and enterprise software, today announced it is working with IBM in order to integrate the Virtuozzo™ server virtualization technology across the IBM eServer xSeries 300 product line. Hosting provider customers such as Hostmania, Host Box and OnSmart Network are already using SWsoft’s Virtuozzo 2.5 on IBM Intel-based servers.

Virtuozzo uniquely virtualizes the Linux operating system on Intel processor-based servers. This technology allows customers to partition a system into isolated compartments - called Virtual Environments (VEs) - which independently function like a stand-alone server. The Virtuozzo 2.5 software has been validated and optimized under the IBM ServerProven program to run across the xSeries line with tests showing up to 2,500 VEs running on a single machine.

“Virtualizing server technology is a cost-effective way to reduce the number of servers companies have to manage,” said Carol Carson, Director Marketing and Sales, IBM Linux Servers. “In combination with our larger eServer xSeries systems, this new technology from SWsoft offers customers the possibility to grow their business.”

A comprehensive series of tests was conducted with Virtuozzo 2.5 on IBM xSeries servers and concluded the following technology results:

  • Up to 2,500 virtual environments were run comfortably on IBM xSeries hardware;
  • A single VE can scale to 64GB memory and 16CPU, enough to cover the entire server;
  • Intel Hyper-Threading technology increases performance up to 20 percent;
  • A single xSeries server supports more than 20 instances of IBM DB2 database software;
  • Less than 1% total system overhead per server - if running one or more than 1,000 VEs.

“As our testing results demonstrated, Virtuozzo 2.5 is the most powerful and flexible technology for hosting automation and server virtualization,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO, SWsoft, Inc. “Our customers are buying Virtuozzo on Linux-based IBM xSeries servers because they provide reliability, availability and performance equivalent to Solaris-based Sun systems – at only half the price.”

Dedicated hosting specialist Hostmania (www.hostmania.net) has chosen SWsoft’s Virtuozzo 2.5 software running on IBM x335 systems to automate its datacenter and offer managed services to SMBs and other customers. This new solution helped allow Hostmania to increase its revenue by more than 500 percent and offer its customers a wide range of hosting plans. Using Virtuozzo-powered fully-isolated partitions, Hostmania found they could support up to 200 customers on a single server and offer Virtual Private Server plans to customers, which offer functionality identical to hosting a site on one’s own servers but for a more reasonable price point.

Hostmania offers customers like Sammons Enterprises and AP Services fully managed hosting services and the new EnterpriseControlCenter for increased control over hardware, bandwidth and other system resources. The move to virtual hosting helps these companies decrease overall hosting costs by more than five times.

About SWsoft SWsoft is a leader in hosting automation and enterprise server software (www.sw-soft.com). Since 1999, the company has focused on the development of its patent-pending Virtuozzo™ technology and the HSPcomplete full business lifecycle hosting automation solution. The only end-to-end solutions and services for hosting service providers, e.g. Internet data centers, application service providers, managed hosting providers, SWsoft's products deliver powerful, comprehensive solutions that power data center management, accelerate business and infrastructure operations and provide excellent return on investment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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