Linux startup debuts virtual computing environment

What a novel idea! To give IT managers the ability to link-up Linux servers into an environment that simulates that of something like a mainframe! OK, the concept is certainly nothing new here. But it is cool to see it being implemented by one brave little startup.

Virtual Iron Software, a small startup, will formally debut its virtual computing environment that enables administrators in a corporate IT shop to link Linux-based servers into a network and allow them to function more like a mainframe.

The company’s Virtual Iron VFe helps administrators more flexibly deal with peak load processing by allowing them to “hot swap” in and out a wide range of on demand server-based technologies.

“This environment allows you to treat all servers in the datacenter as a collection of building blocks, instead of as independently managed systems where users typically overbuy capacity to handle peak loads. It can allow users to put together adaptable virtual servers and those virtual servers can be anything from a fraction of a server to large multiprocessors up on the grid,” said Scott Davis, founder and CTO of the company.

With the delivery of Virtual Iron VFe, expected in late May, Davis said he believes he can offer a solution to a problem that many IT shops have been grappling with, namely the ability to virtualize more than one physical server at the datacenter level. The future belongs to those technologies that can work with multiple physical servers, he contended.