LynuxWorks Announces LynxSecure 5.0 Featuring Increased Performance and Virtualization Features

LynxSecure 5.0 gives significant performance increases for secured fully virtualized guest OSes and now offers virtualized devices that can be shared between different OSes hosted on a single system.

San Jose, CA, March 04, 2011 --( LynuxWorks™, Inc., a world leader in the embedded and security software market, today announced availability of LynxSecure 5.0. This new release of the award-winning LynxSecure separation kernel and hypervisor adds significant performance increases for fully virtualized guest operating systems (OSes) by utilizing new hardware technologies, and offering 64-bit and Symmetric Multi-processing (SMP) guest OS virtualization support.

This LynxSecure 5.0 release has also added a device sharing facility for systems with limited physical devices that complements the existing direct device assignment mechanism that has been available in previous versions of LynxSecure. With this release, the same highly secure virtualization solution used in safety- and security-critical military, medical and avionics embedded applications can now also be used in more Enterprise-based systems to support secure client virtualization, secure multi-tenancy and secure hardware appliances.

Software virtualization is commonly used on servers in Information Technology (IT) centers to gain a long list of benefits, including equipment consolidation, ease of management and the support of legacy applications. However, performance limitations and the lack of physical devices on client and embedded systems have traditionally made virtualization impractical. With LynxSecure 5.0 many of these limitations have been overcome. By implementing a new secure device virtualization mechanism, managed from a secure partition on LynxSecure, limited physical devices can now be virtualized and shared between guest OSes. By using LynxSecure’s policy-driven, inter-partition communication mechanism, the performance and security of the shared devices such as network, USB, HDD and graphics is optimized, bringing the benefits of security and virtualization to resource-limited client systems, such as laptop PCs or embedded devices.

"Detica is committed to help fight the war against cyber attacks, by advising and working with IT organizations to understand their existing infrastructure and then help introduce new technologies like LynxSecure," said Henry Harrison, technical director of Detica. "The new features of LynxSecure 5.0 along with its secure underpinnings help to protect sensitive information held on corporate computers by segregating the corporate OS and applications from the environment used to browse the Internet."

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Barbara Stewart