Sun Microsystem's on Monday released what it's billing as a "significant new version" of Sun VirtualBox, version 3.1. The refreshed software includes a bunch of new features, but none more noteworthy than a live migration feature called Teleportation.
"Today's enterprises expect to deliver a 24/7, always available, computing service. The ability to teleport running virtual machines from one computer to another allows system administrators to perform essential maintenance with zero downtime of their IT systems. As a cross-platform hypervisor, VirtualBox allows customers to easily evaluate and deploy virtualized systems, using their existing x86 hardware, operating systems, and skillsets," said Jim McHugh, vice president Datacenter Software marketing at Sun.
Other new tricks up VirtualBox's sleeve include improved snapshot capabilities, 2D video acceleration, better execution speed, and optimized memory handling the company claims results in performance increases of 30 percent over previous VirtualBox releases.
VirtualBox 3.1 is available now and is free of charge for personal use. Enterprise licenses and subscriptions are also available, which start at $30 per user per year.