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Solaris™ Internals: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel Architecture, Second Edition by Richard McDougall, Jim Mauro

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6. Zones

Contributions by John Beck, David Comay, Ozgur Leonard, Daniel Price, Andy Tucker, Andrew Gabriel, and Blaise Sanovillet of the Solaris Resource Management Group

In this chapter, we introduce Solaris Zones (zones), a solution for server consolidation projects in the Solaris environment.

6.1. Introduction

Zones provides a means of virtualizing operating system services, allowing one or more processes to run in isolation from other activity on the system. This isolation prevents processes running within a given zone from monitoring or affecting processes running in other zones. A zone is a “sandbox” within which one or more applications can run without affecting or interacting with the rest of the system. It also provides an abstraction ...

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