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Originally, yes. Unfortunately Unix/Windows has accumulated a ton of global state (libfoo 3.7.1 not parallel installable with libfoo 3.6.4) and enterprise software is now so fragile that any alternative to VM sprawl is unthinkable.

We run our software (and other "enterprise" software) multiple instances per node and they are fully isolated. Most is in JVMs but we have C++ stuff with no problems.

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