OpenVZ, the open-source community arm of SWsoft, will soon be releasing ready-to-run Ubuntu server and desktop virtual machines.
OpenVZ Project, the open-source community branch of SWsoft, the virtualization company behind Parallels and Virtuozzo, will release on Jan. 8, pre-made Ubuntu 7.10 server and desktop virtual machines.
Here's how it works. Users will download an Ubuntu software template from OpenVZ
. With this template, they can then set up OpenVZ VMs (virtual machines) of either Ubuntu server or desktop on an existing Linux system. This software represents a combined effort by OpenVZ and Canonical
's commercial sponsor, to make it easier for administrators to quickly deploy Ubuntu desktops or servers.
How quick? OpenVZ claims that a system manager will be able to set up a new Ubuntu server in about a minute.
Administrators will be able to customize these VMs. So, for example, a network administrator could keep a customized image of Ubuntu 7.10 server that's been optimized as a Web server on tap for whenever the company needed more Web-serving power. Or, a business could set up an Ubuntu desktop VM with the company's preferred blend of software applications already pre-set to work on the company intranet, and then clone them up to users' PC as needed. As Kir Kolyshkin, the OpenVZ project manager, said in a statement, "We wanted to give our users a fast, easy way to deploy Ubuntu in a virtualized environment."
If a business finds that combination works extremely well for them, commercial support for Ubuntu is available from Canonical. As for OpenVZ, it has a commercial big brother, SWsoft Virtuozzo
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