Delivering the industryâ€™s first hardware virtualization support for desktop PCs, Intel Corporation debuted new processors that offer businesses improved manageability and bolstered security.
Intel Delivers New Era For Virtualization
Virtualization allows a platform to run multiple operating systems or applications in independent partitions or â€œcontainersâ€? that can be tailored for specific needs such as IT management services and protecting networked assets.
â€œWith innovations such as IntelÂ® Virtualization Technology built-in, Intel is at the forefront of tackling some of the biggest IT challenges facing businesses today,â€? said Robert B. Crooke, vice president and general manager of Intelâ€™s Business Client Group. â€œAnalysts believe virtualization is one of the most disruptive technologies to the PC in a decade, and our technology combined with our industry enabling efforts are going to help bring this into the mainstream.â€?
With virtualization support, businesses can maintain full control of a portion of a PC to run security or management services without interrupting the end-user or allowing them to easily tamper with critical applications. Businesses can better protect themselves from malicious code or viruses by filtering network traffic through a separate IT partition before it reaches the user.
Configuring multiple partitions on a PC improves manageability by providing support for legacy applications while testing and adopting new operating environments.
Lenovo is now offering IntelÂ® Virtualization Technology-based pilot systems to select customers and broad support for desktop PC solutions from several other system manufacturers is expected in the first quarter of 2006. In addition, leading industry virtualization solution providers including VMware, Microsoft and Xen have joined Intel in support of Intel Virtualization Technology on future Intel processor-based PCs and servers.
Further evolving â€œbuilt-inâ€? world-class IT security and manageability capabilities for businesses, Intel will deliver the second phase of another premier platform innovation â€“ IntelÂ® Active Management Technology â€“ together with virtualization support on its dual-core IntelÂ® Professional Business Platform, codenamed Averill, later in 2006. Virtualization capabilities will also be extended to notebook PCs and the company will first support this through IntelÂ® CentrinoÂ® mobile technology-based platforms in 2006.
Businesses are also benefiting from virtualization for their server applications primarily through enhanced functionality and workload support. Intel announced last week that it is shipping IntelÂ® XeonÂ® processors MP with hardware-enabled support for Intel Virtualization Technology. The company will begin shipping this same technology on IntelÂ® ItaniumÂ® processor-based platforms in mid-2006.
The benefits of virtualization can also extend to home and entertainment activities. In the future, home PC users will be able to create virtual â€œpartitionsâ€? isolating several user environments such as dedicated Web browsing resources, productivity software applications, personal video recorders and offering service providers access for remote diagnosis and repairs.