Parallels Virtuozzo Containers.jpg The field of virtualization just keeps a-movin'. This time, desktop/server virtualization heavy-weight Parallels is taking server virtualization into the up-and-coming realm of SaaS. Their popular OS virtualization solution, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, has been chosen by ProServe, one of the leading ISPs in the Netherlands, to deliver a scalable, cost-efficient Online Backup solution through a SaaS model.

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers is billed as the world's leading OS virtualization solution. It works by creating isolated containers on a single physical server and OS instance, giving it higher levels of density, performance and manageability than most competitors. It is this virtualization technology that will serve as the back bone for ProServe's Virtual Online Backup Server (VOBS) offering. By using Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, ProServe can quickly deliver an on-line backup solution with the necessary performance, cost-efficiency, scalability and isolation required for SaaS delivery.

The Benefits of SaaS

The ever-growing SaaS model is preferred by end users who want the power of today's advanced applications without dropping the big, big bucks on hardware, licensing and maintenance issues associated with maintaining a complicated service around the clock. The SaaS model has seen success in the document management field with providers like SpringCM, as well as in content management, a la Clickability. With Parallels virtualization and automation solutions, service providers and ISVs can deliver web applications, multi-tenant applications, and traditional single instance applications while minimizing integration and development issues. "Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 combined with our automation software provides the ideal platform for companies like ProServe that are looking to capitalize on the SaaS opportunity," said Soeren von Varchmin, vice president of SaaS and service providers international at Parallels. "ProServe’s VOBS solution is another example of how our SaaS enablement technologies are driving real business results for service providers and their customers."

ProServe's Virtual Online Backup Server

ProServe's VOBS provides a number of software capabilities and services. Featuring backup storage amounts from 1GB to 250GB, variable backup schedules from days, weeks, months, and years, and support for modules for Microsoft Exchange/SQL, Lotus Domino, Oracle, and MySQL, the service offers a considerable range of flexibility. The SaaS feature keeps things speeding along, allowing an end user to create a new virtual container in under five minutes with just one command line. “Parallels Virtuozzo Containers clearly delivered the performance and isolation we needed,” said Gerben van der Veen, ProServe Director, “The product has doubled our confidence of no interaction between users’ backup tasks, and gives us twice the performance of any other approach.“ Head over to Parallels or ProServe for more information.