System Administration Guide: Oracle Solaris 8 Containers

General Zones Characteristics

The container provides a virtual mapping from the application to the platform resources. Zones allow application components to be isolated from one another even though the zones share a single instance of the Solaris Operating System. Resource management features permit you to allocate the quantity of resources that a workload receives.

The container establishes boundaries for resource consumption, such as CPU utilization. These boundaries can be expanded to adapt to changing processing requirements of the application running in the container.