Virtualization software is dated and does not take full advantage of modern hardware, making it extremely power-inefficient and forcing data centers to overprovision hardware to avoid poor performance.\nThat\u2019s the pitch of Sunlight, a virtualization-software vendor whose products take advantage of technologies that didn\u2019t exist when Xen, KVM, VMware and Hyper-V were first developed.\n\n\u201cThe cloud infrastructure or virtualization stacks have been designed and built 15 to 20 years ago,\u201d said Kosten Metreweli, chief strategy officer of Sunlight. \u201cSo the big problem here is that back then, I\/O, and particularly storage, was really slow. So fast forward, and we now have NVMe storage, which pushes millions of IOPS from a single device, which is orders of magnitude better than was possible just a few years ago.\u201d\nA single NVMe drive requires multiple cores or even multiple CPUs to get the most out of the SSD because there's so much data I\/O, and the existing VM products simply aren't able to drive that kind of performance, the company claims.\nSunlight CEO Julian Chesterfield should know. Before founding the company he was part of team that built the Xen hypervisor, now owned by Citrix and widely used, including by Amazon Web Services.\n\u201cBy building a more efficient architecture for the virtualization layer, you're able to deliver bare-metal performance, as we call it. Effectively, [it\u2019s] the full performance of the underlying hardware rather than only being able to get 10% or 20% of the performance,\u201d he said.\nMost companies poor VM performance throw more hardware at the problem. Sunlight says that with its more efficient VM you get 100% of the performance of the underlying hardware and only need 30% to 50% of the infrastructure that you'd have to provision with legacy virtualization.\n\u201cThe assumption is that hardware is cheap, so these big hyperscalars encourage people to consume more and more infrastructure, because that's their business model. But of course the carbon impact of that is significant,\u201d said Metreweli.\nChesterfield estimates that hardware requirements can be reduced by as much as two-thirds, depending on the application. Apps heavily dependent on I\/O, like analytics or AI, would gain the most.\n\u201cBy dploying Sunlight, I can deliver the full performance the underlying hardware, so I only need a third as much infrastructure. That means I've saved two-thirds of the of the server infrastructure, which translates to two-thirds of the power that those servers would consume,\u201d he said.\nLining Up OEMs\nTo say Sunlight has an uphill battle would a colossal understatement. But it does have OEM partners, including HP Enterprise and Lenvo, and just signed an edge-computing OEM deal with Altos Computing, a subsidiary of Acer, to deliver hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliances. Under the agreement, Altos will embed Sunlight\u2019s NexVisor hyperconverged stack on its Brainsphere appliances.\nSunlight is targeting the edge because Metreweli said that in the edge, the devices are smaller and lower powered than those found in data centers but are far more numerous for organizations like retail chains with multiple sites. \u201cThose are going to have a sickening carbon footprint in their own right. And so being able to keep the infrastructure in those edge environments small and managed is really important,\u201d he said.