Rackspace announced on Monday that it has acquired ZeroVM, a lightweight open source hypervisor created by LifeStack. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
According to a blog post by Rackspace’s Van Lindberg, ZeroVM helps break down the barriers between compute and storage, and increases speed of access while decreasing latency by moving the app to the data as opposed to moving the data to the app for processing.
Unlike most virtual servers, which take at least two minutes to create, ZeroVM takes less than 5 milliseconds, according to Lindberg.
“We believe the future of computing is smaller, lighter and faster. We see great potential in ZeroVM and the community around it, led by Camuel Gilyadov, Constantine Perespykin and their eight-member team. We are excited to welcome the ZeroVM team and community to the Rackspace family,” Lindberg said. “Stay tuned for a publicly accessible preview showing what a converged data and compute layer can do.”
ZeroVM was a participant in TechStars Cloud in April 2013, raising more than $500,000 in seed funding.
So far, it is unclear exactly what Rackspace plans to do with ZeroVM. In August, Rackspace launched a managed virtualization service.
According to a report by Datacenter Dynamics, ZeroVM was designed for cloud, and only virtualizes parts of the server that are required to do the work.
“The hypervisor uses Unix-style processes that communicate through pipes such as VMware, XEN and KVM, and claims to create a new VM for every single incoming request. It can also aggregate many physical servers and represent them as a single virtual system, or represent a number of virtual systems backed up by any number of physical servers. The end result for ZeroVM is a lightweight hypervisor that offers smaller footprint, allowing you to, hypothetically, divide the hypervisor into 10,000 processes instead of 10 servers, bringing virtualization down to another level.”