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Intel Virtualization Technology

Besides AMT itself, Intel also expanded the Embedded IT capability by using the Virtualization Technology (VT), which should guarantee a better and more secure connection within a corporate network environment.

With the VT technology Intel has more opportunities. Namely, Intel virtualizes the network connection and assigns a virtual NIC driver to the user operating system. The actual NIC stays secured in its own virtual OS, so that the overall level of security improves significantly.

Virtualization technology allows you to run multiple operating systems on the server. By doing this you create a new level of flexibility and robustness for the IT manager. Intel announced today that they will have VT support included into Microsoft Virtual Server Software package.

To demonstrate the advantages of a virtual server Intel showed a set of virtual machines with VT enabled. Then those machines had to be migrated onto a single piece of hardware. How did it work? With the new VT technology support the OS application environment was first encapsulated and then securely moved to a new physical location. In this case it didn’t take much time and effort, no software reinstallation was necessary: just click and go, just as if you were simply moving files and not entire enterprise environments!

Another acute example is a data center type of environment, where there are a lot of legacy applications running in a particular application environment. These applications can be consolidated using virtualization technologies. In this respect Intel today announced a new ESX product line (software tools) from VMWare that will deal with consolidation of the independent OS partitions. The best example could be a physical server running three different types of operating systems on three virtual partitions: In our case one was running Windows NT, another one - Oracle, and the third one - Windows Server 2003 64bit Enterprise Edition. Pat forced a crash of one of the operating systems on this server, so that we got a typical blue screen, however, the systems running within the remaining two partitions didn’t get affected in any way. This is how the reliability and stability of the physical enterprise system is guaranteed with the help of Intel VT technology.

We have seen quite a few advantages brought to us by the Intel Virtualization technology. In fact it is going to be incorporated not only in the enterprise server environment, but also in the desktop and mobile segments. Here is what Intel’s plans to support VT technology look like today:

So far, VT technology has only been implemented on the software level. However, it already gives us great opportunities to build more robust machine without any additional complexity involved.

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