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Company sells virtualized Leopard server hosting

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Wed June 18, 2008

Xserve-Virtual servers

Following only a day after the release of Parallels Server for Mac, Media Temple has begun a private beta of (xv) (Xserve-Virtual), a new hosting service. The company takes Parallels Server, and combines it with Apple's Xserve hardware to run virtualized copies of Mac OS X Leopard Server. The primary advantage of this is said to be lower price overhead than a dedicated Leopard server, while still retaining access to flexible resources.

A limited number of participants are being accepted into the beta, and each copy of Leopard Server is guaranteed only 1/8th of a partition and 2GB of RAM. Similarly, the virtual nature of the service means that processing and bandwidth is shared with other customers. Final pricing for the hosting remains undetermined as Media Temple intends to test different configurations.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    what is stupid here...

    ...is that since they already own a copy of Leopard Server and they own an Xserve - why in the h*** are they adding a middle man?

  1. MSchienle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Not stupid at all

    This has been going on for years using larger systems, but it is just now coming to MacOS X. By using an XServe as a virtual system each one is seen as completely independent from the others. This would allow the same username or program names to exist on separate partitions, but still use the same underlying hardware. It's like running 8 (or 200) different instances of Leopard Server on the same hardware.Whether it's cost-effective will be interesting. I run my own co-located Intel Mac Mini for about $75 per month and serve about 30 GB of data per month through a bunch of web-based applications from it. If they can beat that, I would consider giving up my own server and using a virtual one.

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