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Oracle® Solaris 11 System Virtualization Essentials, Second Edition by Bob Netherton, Gary Combs, Jeff Savit, Jeff Victor

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3. Oracle Solaris Zones

Operating system virtualization (OSV) was virtually unknown in 2005, when Solaris 10 was released. That release of Solaris introduced Solaris Zones—also called Solaris Containers, and now called Oracle Solaris Zones—making it the first fully integrated, production-ready implementation of OSV. In response, several other implementations have been developed or are planned for other operating systems (OS). Zones use a basic model similar to an earlier technology called jails. Chapter 1, “Introduction to Virtualization,” provided a complete description of OSV. To summarize the key points here, OSV creates virtual OS instances, which are software environments in which applications run; these instances are isolated from each ...

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