Intel has introduced its preliminary Vanderpool virtualisation specifications to make it easier for users to run multiple operating systems on the same server hardware.
Users already have the ability to partition hard discs to run more than one operating system or greater numbers of applications, but the building and management of such systems is too tricky for most users. Vanderpool is designed to make it easier to achieve.
The preliminary Vanderpool Technology External Architecture Specifications (EAS) provide technology overviews and guidance to software developers who are designing virtualisation solutions for both Intel’s IA-32 and Itanium-based processor platforms.
While expected in Itanium-based platforms this year, Intel now also plans to offer Vanderpool technology in other future desktop processor and chipset products in 2005, a year earlier than previously planned.
Intel expects "broad" user take-up of such virtualisation solutions next year. Using Vanderpool type solutions, companies could create systems that run different operating systems and software for different tasks or legacy applications, said Intel.
Additionally, virtualisation can provide IT advantages through server consolidation, legacy migration and security benefits, it said.
William Swope, Intel corporate vice-president and co-general manager of the software and solutions group, said, "Our work with the software community around Vanderpool is an important step in helping to drive improvements to the reliability and resilience of enterprise servers, potentially reducing total cost of ownership, and enabling exciting future uses for the digital home and office."
More details of solutions based on Intel’s Vanderpool technology will be disclosed at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on 1-3 March.
The Vanderpool specifications can be found at www.intel.com/technology/vt