“Intel is expected to declare Tuesday that its Virtualization Technology (VT: technology that increases a computer’s efficiency by letting it run multiple operating systems simultaneously) is mature enough for testing and about three months away from prime time,” Stephen Shankland reports for CNET News. “Intel’s newest high-end Xeon processors–code-named Paxville–shipped with VT, but server makers employing the chip didn’t enable the feature. Now, with new BIOS software available from Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, that’s changing, said Lorie Wigle, director of marketing for Intel’s Server Platforms Group.”
“VT will extend to more widely used chips for dual-processor servers with the release of Dempsey systems in coming months. And Itanium will get the support with “Montecito,” delayed but due later this year… Software support for VT is in the new VMware Server, Wigle said, a newly free package that lets a computer run several operating systems simultaneously in partitions called virtual machines,” Shankland reports. “VT is required to run 64-bit operating systems on the software. In addition, an open-source VMware competitor called Xen uses VT to let an operating system run without having to be modified. That enables Windows to run on Xen.”
Shankland reports, “Microsoft is working on ‘hypervisor’ software to compete directly against similar technology such as Xen and VMware ESX Server, and that project will require hardware support, the company has said. The Microsoft hypervisor, code-named Viridian, is scheduled to debut in an update sometime after Microsoft’s initial release of its next-generation Windows server product, code-named Longhorn Server, Wigle said.”
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