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Novell and Intel offer Windows server Xen virtualisation support

Antony Savvas

Novell and Intel have unveiled a set of drivers that will allow Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003/XP platforms to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.

The new drivers will let customers migrate to newer and fewer energy-efficient servers, consolidating legacy Windows or Linux solutions onto virtual servers, said the pair.

Jeff Jaffe, Novell chief technology officer, said, “Last September, we became the first Linux distributor to support virtualised Linux workloads on Xen, and today we are the first distributor to support virtualised Windows workloads on Linux.”

Doug Fisher, Intel vice president of the software and solutions group, said, “Intel has been working with the open source community to enable Linux virtualisation solutions to take advantage of Intel Virtualisation Technology, so that guest OS and applications can run unmodified.

“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 standardisation and refreshes.”

In addition to providing cost savings when virtualising Windows on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the drivers can help IT staff respond faster to business needs by easily creating and provisioning services on virtual systems, said the two driver partners.

General availability of the drivers is scheduled for later this year. Information on an early pilot programme is available at: www.novell.com/virtualization

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