AMD announced the availability of a new virtualization solutions powered by a combination of technologies from AMD and Microsoft. This new deployment model uses AMD Opteron processors with AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology together with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to deliver significant efficiencies to enterprises large and small.
Mid-market companies in particular, which have traditionally been slower to implement virtualization, can take advantage of the combined AMD and Microsoft product offering to help reduce cost, complexity and energy consumption.
Resource consolidation achieved through virtualization can deliver the low energy consumption, and superior utilization and manageability demanded by today’s businesses. AMD Opteron processors and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, a hypervisor-based virtualization feature of Microsoft Windows Server 2008, allow OEMs, VARs and Solution Providers to offer a valuable server virtualization combination to help increase their competitive edge and market opportunity. AMD-V technology and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V also help enable businesses to scale according to demands, boosting the efficiency of workloads.
Mid-market companies are often faced with legacy applications and hardware, integration challenges and cost constraints. The efficiencies and flexibility promised through the combined AMD and Microsoft product offering is expected to particularly benefit this underserved market segment.
AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture are well suited for x86 server-based virtualization. Microsoft and AMD’s architectures allow customers to scale with ease, providing a flexible infrastructure that can evolve as an organization grows. The two platforms also deliver the necessary performance to securely handle memory-intensive virtualization with less overhead—all with low energy consumption. AMD-V technology improves efficiency by allowing customers to host more virtual machines, transactions and users per server with superior control and less overhead.
AMD continues to add significant features to AMD Opteron processors, such as Extended Migration, the Tagged Translation Look-aside Buffer for fast switching times and Rapid Virtualization Indexing technology.