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Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Open Source on Intel

by on Oct.19, 2009, under Storage

Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Open Source on Intel

In an earlier post, I mentioned that the Open Source at Intel website was going to have several focused topics about the intersection of Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Open Source. I wanted to highlight a few of those new topics here in this blog post.

Cloud Computing Spotlight: Virtualization&aposs Next Frontier

"Because of its strengths in collaborative, standards-based innovation, Open Source software holds great promise for moving the cloud forward. Building on the foundations of mature hypervisor technologies such as those in Xen* and KVM*, open Cloud Computing infrastructures will advance the ecosystem as a whole." Read more …

Project Spotlight: Xen and KVM Enablement for Trusted Computing

"The security of Cloud Computing is vital to end customers as they consider placing their data on public infrastructure. They need to be assured of a trusted environment, even as they share hardware with other organizations, cede administrative control to the cloud operator, and comingle data and applications of multiple security levels. Current work by Intel within the Xen* and KVM* projects is helping to advance that goal through a mixture of hardware and Open Source software technologies." Read more …

Ecosystem Spotlight on Virtualization

"Nowhere do the benefits of Open Source seem more compelling than in the burgeoning Cloud Computing space, where virtualization and advanced technologies create bright opportunities for innovative companies. To explore the enterprise perspectives on public and private clouds, Intel invited a panel of notable experts from Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and VMware to share their viewpoints at the Intel Developer Forum 2009." Read more …

Content Spotlight: Security in a Virtualized Environment Whitepaper

"As with any major change to an organization’s IT architecture, virtualization brings with it a number of new security challenges and considerations. The hardware and software ecosystem continually introduces new measures to help address these challenges. The security outlook around virtualization continues to unfold, including the following key changes to the physical security model." Read more …

Intel Expert Series: Billy Cox and Jun Nakajima

"Billy Cox is particularly involved in the development of strategic relationships between Intel and hypervisor projects, especially Xen* and KVM,* as well as cloud platforms such as the Eucalyptus project. Among his key goals are enabling trusted multi-tenancy in Cloud Computing environments." Read more …

"Jun Nakajima is a Principal Engineer at the Intel® Open Source Technology Center who focuses on Open Source virtualization projects, such as Xen and KVM. In fact, Jun wrote the first code for Xen to take advantage of Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) and continues to be recognized as one of the key contributors to Xen." Read more …

Platform Technology Spotlight

"In the application virtualization space, many Citrix customers are looking to simplify their environments by virtualizing their Citrix XenApp* servers on Citrix XenServer*. Citrix recently benchmarked its XenApp 5.0 application virtualization solution with new XenServer 5.5 on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series and demonstrated dramatic performance benefits, compounded by the use of Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology." Read more …

You can visit the Open Source at Intel website for more information on open source at Intel.


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Sun Microsystems Unleashes VirtualBox 3.0, Adds Many Server Virtualization Features

by on Jul.01, 2009, under Storage

Sun Microsystems Unleashes VirtualBox 3.0, Adds Many Server Virtualization Features



Sun Microsystems today announced a new version of Sun VirtualBox, its cross-platform virtualization software. VirtualBox 3.0 is capable of creating and running multi-processor virtual machines that can handle heavyweight server-class workloads, and also delivers enhanced graphics support for desktop-class workloads, reinforcing VirtualBox’s position as one of the world’s most popular virtualization platforms.

Many multi-threaded server-based workloads, such as database and Web applications, can benefit from Symmetric Multiple Processing (SMP) systems, which contain multiple CPUs. VirtualBox 3.0 can now support virtual SMP systems with up to 32 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) in a single virtual machine. With this major enhancement, VirtualBox software can be used to run not only desktop workloads on client or server systems, but also demanding server workloads.

A key component of Sun’s industry-leading desktop-to-datacenter virtualization portfolio, VirtualBox software has been rapidly growing in popularity, surpassing 14.5 million downloads and 4 million registrations worldwide, as well as more than 25,000 downloads a day. A mere 50 megabyte download, VirtualBox software is incredibly compact and efficient and installs in just a few minutes.

New server features of VirtualBox 3.0 software include:

  • Up to 32 vCPUs per guest to accommodate heavyweight data-processing workloads.
  • Hypervisor enhancements for SMP to enable optimum performance.
  • Updated API platform designed to be the basis of the community-driven VirtualBox Web Console project, which is coming soon to allow IT administrators to manage their datacenters from a Web console. This project is based on the popular Python language.

New desktop features of VirtualBox 3.0 software include:

  • Microsoft Direct3D support for Windows guests, which enables graphically intensive Windows applications, like computer modeling, 3D design and games software, to run in a virtual environment.
  • Support for version 2.0 of the Open Graphics Library (OpenGL) standard. As a result, high-performance Windows, Linux, Solaris(TM), and OpenSolaris(TM) graphical applications, which typically use graphical hardware acceleration, are able to run applications like Google Earth and CAM-based software on VirtualBox software.
  • Support for a wider range of USB devices, including storage devices, iPods and phones.

VirtualBox software is free of charge for personal use. For wider deployments within an organization, Enterprise subscriptions are also available, starting at $30 (USD) per user per year, which includes 24/7 premium support from Sun’s technical team. Discounts are available based on volume.


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IDF Comes to San Francisco September 22-24

by on Jun.30, 2009, under Storage

IDF Comes to San Francisco September 22-24

For a dozen years, the Intel Developer Forum has been pulling together top rock stars of technology innovation.

It’s happening again September 22-24, when digital enterprise, mobility, digital home, software, manufacturing and research experts come together under the enormous roof of San Francisco’s Moscone Center West.

Leading technologists gather to collaborate and collect insights about Intel’s technology roadmap so they can build new products with the best and latest innovation inside.

IDF is about collaborating, educating, innovating and risk taking to find new ways for technologies to meet real needs in our lives. It’s about meaningful progress, and I feel the pace of innovation quickening when I see highlights from last year’s IDF 2008 in San Francisco:

IDF 2009 theme explores the innovation economy, the enormous impact technology is having on industries, governments and our daily lives.

In addition to keynotes by Intel executives, there are 125 technical sessions, including interactive discussions, hands-on labs and panels.

Day One keynotes:

  • Intel CEO and President Paul Otellini will kick off the opening day keynote slate with a leadership address.
  • “Intel Architecture Innovates and Integrates” by Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Group, discussing
  • “Silicon Leadership: Delivering Innovation in High Volume” by Bob Baker, senior vice president and general manager, Technology and Manufacturing Group

Day Two keynotes:

  • “The Mobile Computing Revolution” by David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager, Mobility Group
  • “Developing for the Full Spectrum of Computing” by Renee James, vice president and general manager, Software and Services Group
  • “The Architecture of Television Innovation” by Eric Kim, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Home Group

Day Three keynotes:

  • “The Future of Mobile and Immersive Computing Experiences” by Justin Rattner, Intel senior Fellow and vice president, and Intel Labs director and chief technology officer.

Other highlights during IDF:

  • industry Technology Showcase, home of the latest innovations demonstrated by representatives from leading technology companies.
  • Technology Insights, where attendees get the latest on Intel processor technologies from Intel Fellows
  • Industry Insights feature industry visionaries and Intel Fellows
  • Live & Uncensored (formerly Shop Talk), promises that no question is off-limits.

Music, Meetups and Media

Come see the latest from our IDF Sponsors, who help make IDF possible:

Absolute Software (Gold) Cisco (Gold) Ericsson (Gold) Microsoft Corporation (Gold) Rambus (Gold) Sun Microsystems (Gold) Supermicro (Gold) Hynix (Silver) Lenovo (Silver) Symantec S(ilver) VMware (Silver)

If you’ve been following IDF for years, please share your best memories and what you hope to see happen in September.

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