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Intel teams with VMware on virtualization

The partnership aims to fuse the companies' respective hardware and software products for virtualization, a technology that is branching out from its test environment roots.

The efficiencies of virtualization that are already widely acknowledged by IT administrators could improve greatly

It sounds like they are going to take away the overhead of virtualization, and VMware will talk directly to the Intel processor …

Carmine Iannace, Welch Foods

with the integration of technologies from two of the biggest proponents of this computing technique.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel Corp. and VMware Inc. on Wednesday revealed plans for a deeper technical collaboration that will result in Intel processors that are optimized to run virtualization technology developed by VMware. Software virtualization allows computers to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions.

All Intel chips that contain the hardware maker's virtualization technology -- code-named Vanderpool -- will now offer better performance, richer options and better support for VMware's virtualization software, said Brian Byun, vice president of alliances at VMware, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., and owned by EMC Corp., Hopkinton, Mass.

Virtualization has begun to hit the mainstream, and many customers are looking forward to what they

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view as the next logical step.

"It sounds like they are going to take away the overhead of virtualization, and VMware will talk directly to the Intel processor, which will increase efficiency," said Carmine Iannace, director of IT infrastructure at Welch Foods Inc., in Concord, Mass. "It's more robust and will make VMware a more efficient platform.

"We've been waiting for this," Iannace said. "We will definitely look at it as soon as it is practical."

VMware's Byun said customers can expect to see the technology appear on desktops in 2005 and in servers and laptops in 2006.

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