Microsoft Corp has confirmed that it is working with Intel Corp and
Advanced Micro Devices Inc on a new virtualization hypervisor
technology that will take it into competition with the Xen open source
The company's CEO Steve Ballmer mooted plans for a hypervisor in April
at the company's Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. "You'll see
us introduce hypervisor technology around Windows, that is important,"
he said. "We have virtualization technology today, but really this
notion of a smaller, thinner hypervisor and what that can mean is very
Microsoft's corporate vice president of server and tools marketing and
solutions, Andy Lees, told ComputerWire that the company is working
with Intel and AMD on their respective VT and Pacifica processor-based
"Virtualization today is used very much for develop and test, and much
less in production," said Lees. "Having a hypervisor semi-hardware
layered virtualization is the important step forward. Ultimately we
will build a hypervisor working with Intel and AMD and do it at the
operating system level."
Microsoft already offers virtual machine technology with its Virtual
Server 2005 product, which runs on top of Windows and supports Windows
virtual machines, with Linux virtual machine support coming in the
release of Service Pack 1 release later this year.
The hypervisor technology will be embedded within Windows and enable it
to take direct advantage of processor-level virtualization technologies
that will improve the performance and efficiency of running virtual
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