Parallels has announced the renaming of its container-based virtualization solution Parallels Cloud Server to Virtuozzo, while also announcing that Virtuozzo now ships with native support for cloud application development and deployment using Docker.
A highly-secured and elastic virtualization infrastructure combining containers and storage, Parallels Virtuozzo would be ideal for managed hosting providers who want to capitalize on emerging, container-dependent technologies like Docker’s application packaging and orchestration platform in order to build new offerings for businesses and cloud application developers.
“The ability to deliver Docker-based services represents an opportunity for service providers to attract new audiences and increase revenues,” said James Bottomley, chief technology officer, Virtualization, Parallels. “To improve security and isolation, customers often run Docker inside virtual machines, which impacts elasticity and density. Instead, customers can now run Docker inside hosted Virtuozzo containers, which preserves container elasticity and density and allows for better margins per virtual Docker instance for service providers.”
Managed hosting providers would be enabled to quickly launch Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services that appeal to cloud application developers using Docker, which is optimized when running on containers, while maintaining the management tools and expertise they have developed for their Parallels Virtuozzo environment.
“Not only do service providers have the advantage of supporting cloud application development with Docker when using Virtuozzo,” added Bottomley, “but it also prepares them to provide offerings based on the container technologies of tomorrow.”