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by on Sep.25, 2009, under Storage

Hardware-based Virtualization Built Into Next-Gen Nehalem-EX

Intel Senior Fellow Stephen Pawlowski delivered a session at this week’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on Intel’s latest industry-standard, mission-critical platform codenamed Nehalem-EX. And one of the key topics of discussion? IntelĀ® Virtualization Technology (IntelĀ® VT).

Nehalem-EX offers scalability along with world-record virtualization performance, enabling the highest consolidation ratios of any industry-standard server. And as IT departments across the board move to lower costs while increasing hardware utilization, Intel has responded to their needs by improving and enhancing its hardware-based virtualization technology.

With Nehalem-EX, Intel has created a feature that enables data packets to come in and be tagged to the appropriate virtual machine (VM). The hardware then places those packets into hardware queues that are focused on a particular Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Once packets arrive, they are delivered to the appropriate VM in packet order and are re-packetized and put in the appropriate VM queue before they get sent to the virtual machine. It’s Intel’s hardware that is making virtualization software perform even better.

Including broad industry support for an era that is increasingly moving towards the cloud, virtualization technology combined with energy-efficient performance and RAS-rich environments provide a reliable, scalable environment that IT departments can bank on.

Download Stephen Pawlowski’s IDF session (PDF 1.94MB) Nehalem-EXStevePawlowski_IDF.pdf

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