Intel ha dichiarato che, in collaborazione con Novell, ha sviluppato dei driver per Windows e per Linux che permetteranno di far funzionare senza modifiche Windows virtualizzato nell'ambiente Xen su di un sistema SUSE Linux Enterprise Server che supporti la virtualizzazione hardware di Intel.
Questa capacità si aggiunge alla già presente di virtualizzare Linux senza modifiche.
SAN FRANCISCO (InfoWorld Virtualization Executive
Forum) - Feb. 12, 2007 - Novell and Intel Corporation today announced
the availability of paravirtualized network and block device drivers
that will allow Microsoft* Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run
unmodified in Xen virtual environments on SUSE® Linux Enterprise
Server 10 from Novell®, operating on Intel-based server platforms
featuring Intel® Virtualization Technology. Combined with the existing
ability to host unmodified Linux on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server,
these new drivers will let customers confidently migrate to newer and
fewer energy-efficient servers, consolidating legacy Windows or Linux
solutions onto virtual servers.
"With our SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform launch in July 2006,
Novell became the first major Linux distributor to integrate Xen
virtualization into a Linux distribution," said Jeff Jaffe, Novell
executive vice president and chief technology officer. "In September,
we became the first distribution to support virtualized Linux workloads
on Xen, and today we are the first distributor to support virtualized
Windows workloads on Linux. Our commitment to innovation to solve
customer problems has never been greater."
"Intel has been working with the open source community to enable
Linux virtualization solutions to take advantage of Intel
Virtualization Technology, so that guest OS and applications can run
unmodified," said Doug Fisher, Intel vice president of Software and
Solutions Group. "In addition, our Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor-based
platform with its outstanding performance, energy efficiency and
reliability provides unparalleled headroom for multiple Virtual
Machines running varied data center workloads. Getting Windows to run
with Linux unmodified and vice versa will bring an immense confidence
boost to IT managers in making decisions on corporate platform
standardization and refresh."
In addition to providing cost savings when virtualizing Windows on
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, these drivers can improve the
availability of Windows- and Linux-based workloads via clustered
virtual systems and help IT staff respond faster to business needs by
easily creating and provisioning services on virtual systems.
Novell is sponsoring a virtualization pilot program for customers,
providing enterprise-level support for running fully virtualized
Windows 2000/2003/XP workloads on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The
paravirtualized device drivers are now available to members of the
pilot program. General availability is scheduled for later this year.
For more information on the pilot program and Novell virtualization
solutions, visit www.novell.com/virtualization. For more about SUSE Linux Enterprise offerings from Novell, visit www.novell.com/linux. For more information about Intel Virtualization Technology, visit www.intel.com/business/technologies/virtualization.htm
Source: Intel Press Release