Parallels has introduced a version of its Containers software optimised for HP's Moonshot platform, aimed at hosting firms looking to deploy the high-density server system in their data centres.
Available immediately, Parallels Containers is delivered as a licensed component of Parallels Cloud Server, the firm's suite for service providers that combines Parallels Cloud Storage, Parallels Containers and Parallels Hypervisor.
Parallels is claiming this as the only supported virtualisation solution for HP's Moonshot, and said that its container-based approach makes it the only one efficient enough to provide cost-effective virtual servers for the platform. It allows customers to deploy up to five virtual servers on each Moonshot cartridge, the firm said.
"Parallels Containers' operating system virtualisation technology maximises the customer investment in HP Moonshot server, while simultaneously improving performance," said Parallels chief marketing officer John Zanni.
Containers, or virtualisation at the operating system level, does not use a hypervisor to create separate virtual machines, but instead delivers multiple isolated instances of the same operating system. This imposes fewer overheads on the system and allows for more workloads per CPU, a key benefit for service providers.
This version of Parallels Containers and Parallels Cloud Server targets Moonshot deployments based on the recently launched HP m300 server cartridges, which are configured with an Intel Avoton eight-core Atom C2750 processor and 32GB memory.
The advanced memory management capabilities of Parallels Containers improves the overall workload performance of the cartridge against bare metal software deployments, Parallels claimed, and enables service providers to deliver multiple server instances and cloud server packages at varying levels of CPU, memory, disk I/O and storage space.
HP is due to be demonstrating Parallels Containers on HP Moonshot at the Parallels Summit event in New Orleans, which takes place between 24 and 26 February.
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