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Aug 12, 2002, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"You probably have not heard of SWSoft. Founded circa 1995 by Serguei Beloussov, the company has been building a new hosting solution that it calls HSB Complete. The company maintains offices in Moscow, San Francisco, and Singapore.

"Designed with the help of chief software engineer Alexey Kuznetsov, who has a reputation in the Linux community, the company claims its HSB Complete 2.0, which was released on August 1, 2002, offers better virtual server operations than its competitors.

"They key challenge, says Alex Plant, SWSoft's senior marketing manager, was to give many users root access to a single server, allowing a service provider to sell entry-level services that resembled owning a dedicated server. The key technology is a piece of server virtualization software that SWSoft calls "Virtuozzo." To provide root access to, say, 150 different users, the company had to figure out how to give each user a completely configurable operating system that was nevertheless as small as possible. It was like slicing an atom—breaking down something that many assumed could not be cut..."

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