SWsoft To Offer Entry-Level Virtualization Bundle
Hoping to appeal to corporate IT shops looking to do their first implementation
of virtualization technology, SWsoft on Wednesday will introduce an entry-level
turnkey solution of its flagship product that will be priced below $1,200.
Appropriately called the Virtuozzo Starter Pack, the solution is specifically
tailored to help less-experienced administrators deploy OS virtualization technology
for those projects involving the consolidation of smaller servers. Company officials
claim the software can be downloaded, configured and ready for use in just several
Virtualization technologies are rapidly gaining a lot of interest among both
large and small IT shops because it allows them to consolidate a number of workloads
onto fewer servers, thereby significantly reducing hardware costs. It can also
give users more options in pursuing a number of different computing architectures.
"I think this approach gives users a way to get comfortable with the technology
and to see how it can complement their consolidation projects," said SWsoft
CEO Serguei Beloussov.
Included in the bundled solution is the company's VZP2V-Physical-to-Virtual
tool that is intended to make it easier for administrators to migrate their
software from a physical server to a virtual one using Virtuozzo. The new software
can help admins make a better determination about the necessary resources a
particular server and its applications need in order to perform well, company
The bundle also contains a management toolset that allows admins to manage
end-to-end a starter pack-based server including the abilities to provision,
monitor and do backup and recovery operations.
Compatible with either Windows or Linux, the Virtuozzo Starter Pack includes
a license for servers with either one or two processors, a full management toolset
and one year of the company's Silver-level support and maintenance plan.
Explaining how the Virtuozzo works, company executives said the software can
partition a single Windows or Linux operating system instance and allow it to
work as a scalable virtual environment. The server-based software allows hundreds
of virtual environments on every physical server, company officials said.
Available immediately, Virtuozzo is priced at $999, with technical support
costing an additional $199. Administrators interested in downloading the product
can go here.
Ed Scannell is the editor of Redmond magazine.