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 can be too complex for most users. Vanderpool is designed to make it easier.
The preliminary Vanderpool Technology External Architecture Specifications provide technology overviews and guidance to software developers who are designing virtualisation products for Intel's IA-32 and Itanium-based processor platforms.
Although 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 - one year earlier than previously planned.
Intel expects broad take up of such virtualisation products next year. Using Vanderpool-type solutions, users could create systems that run different software for different tasks or legacy applications. Virtualisation could also aid server consolidation, legacy migration and offer security benefits, Intel 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."
The Vanderpool specifications