OpenVZ Announces Support for IPv6 and Bridged Networking

Jun 07, 2006, 01:00 ET from OpenVZ

    HERNDON, Va., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- For early adopters and advanced
 technologists who want to test virtualization technology with the IPv6
 network protocol, the OpenVZ project ( today released
 its operating system-level server virtualization software technology with
 support for the next-generation Internet Protocol Version 6. In addition,
 support for bridged networking is now available, which gives OpenVZ virtual
 servers the ability to run software that relies on special network
 capabilities such as broadcasts, multicasts, or those having a MAC (media
 access control) address.
     OpenVZ is operating system-level server virtualization software
 technology, built on Linux, which creates isolated, secure virtual
 environments on a single physical server -- enabling greater server
 utilization and superior availability with fewer performance penalties. The
 virtual servers ensure that applications do not conflict and can be
 re-booted independently.
     Most of today's Internet uses IPv4, which is nearly 20 years old, but
 there are many common Internet applications that already work with IPv6.
 The next-generation specification fixes a number of issues, such as the
 limited number of available IP addresses and adds improvements in areas
 such as routing and network auto-configuration. It is expected that IPv6
 will gradually replace IPv4, with the two co-existing during a transition
 period over a number of years.
     "Support for IPv6 was a feature request that came from our user
 community and a valuable addition to the network virtualization that
 already exists in OpenVZ. IPv6 support delivers additional value to OpenVZ
 users and keeps our project current with the very latest technological
 advances," said Kir Kolyshkin, manager of the OpenVZ project. "The bridged
 networking feature further extends OpenVZ networking capabilities and
 allows a broader range of networked applications to run in virtual
     OpenVZ kernels including support for IPv6 and bridged networking are
 available for download from
     "As one of the driving forces behind the request for IPv6 support, I'm
 pleased to see how seriously OpenVZ takes user input and incorporates that
 into the project," said Harald Welte, networking consultant in Berlin,
 Germany. "The introduction of these networking technologies into OpenVZ
 unveils the power of virtualization for the early adopters of IPv6."
     With the power of modern CPUs from both Intel and AMD (including the
 latest dual-core offerings), hardware is often under utilized. With
 virtualization technology, the server can effectively be split into many
 small ones, each running its tasks so that the whole server is utilized
 more efficiently.
     About the OpenVZ Project
     The OpenVZ project freely distributes and offers support to its users,
 promoting operating system virtualization through a collaborative,
 community effort. Since going into full production late last year, the
 OpenVZ project has been very active with the user community with more than
 3,000 message posts on its support Forum. The OpenVZ website attracted more
 than one million hits for the month of April as more businesses and
 individuals explore and contribute to the leading open source operating
 system virtualization project.
     OpenVZ software comes with user tools that help automate management of
 virtual servers. With its unique architecture that uses a single operating
 system instance, the virtual servers perform and execute like independent
 servers with their own memory, configuration files, users and applications.
 Each can be re-booted independently. Using template-based application
 deployment provides a simple way to get new virtual servers up and running
 in minutes and OpenVZ can run several times more virtual servers per CPU
 than other virtualization technologies.
     Supported by SWsoft, the OpenVZ project serves the needs of the
 community developers, testers, documentation experts, and other technology
 enthusiasts who wish to participate in and accelerate the technology
 development process OpenVZ is open source software that is used as the
 basis for the SWsoft Virtuozzo virtualization software product. Also, the
 OpenVZ project maintains a blog site discussing virtualization technology,
 which can be accessed here,