Intel and Microsoft join forces to ease systems management

Intel and Microsoft are to combine their network management technologies and work together to develop joint virtualisation technology, to ease users’ system management.

Intel and Microsoft are to combine their network management technologies and work together to develop joint virtualisation technology, to ease users’ system management.

The announcement was made at this week’s Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Intel will connect its Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) with Microsoft's Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003.

The pair said the move would improve customers' ability to protect computers from viruses and help them to lower their maintenance costs.

The duo has also agreed to further develop the Intel Virtualisation Technology product, to include support for mapping input/output devices to virtual machines on servers with a new specification, called Intel Virtualisation for Directed I/O.

Intel also this week announced that it was bringing forward its Wimax long-range wireless data plans. Intel plans to introduce Wimax laptop data cards in the second half of this year, to enable users to access Wimax networks that can connect users over a number of kilometres.

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