Chip Makers Welcome Red
Hats Virtualization Move"> Representatives from chip makers AMD and Intel welcomed Red Hats virtualization move. Joe Menard, the vice president of software strategy at AMD, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said being a key partner of Red Hat was important to the company. AMD had heard from customers that server utilization was an issue, as was the space they increasingly occupied and the power they consumed, and they wanted a solution to address this, he said."With the work we are doing with Red Hat and Xen, we are able to offer customers a very powerful virtualization solution," Menard said, adding that the company was at a proof of concept stage with regard to the use of virtualization technology internally. Lorie Wigle, the director of services technology and initiatives marketing at Intel, based in Santa Clara, Calif., said virtualization technology was a big area of focus for the company, which was also pleased to be working with Red Hat in that regard. Ziff Davis Media eSeminars invite: IT managerscome learn the datacenter cooling fundamentals. APCs experts show you new solutions for space, cooling and heating, live on March 23 at 4 p.m. ET. Sponsored by APC. "As our customers are deploying virtualization, they are concerned about the reliability of the system, they need performance tuned for a virtualized environment, and software compatibility is critical to them. Thats where the collaboration with Red Hat and the Xen community is really important to us," she said. Intel was also at a proof-of-concept stage internally with regard to virtualization technology, she said, but would this year be rolling out a global program to bring tools and resources to bear so that customers can look at, learn and roll out these technologies. She said Intel would be working closely with Red Hat in this regard. To read about how virtualization is moving beyond servers, click here. Bruce Moxon, the senior director of strategic technology at Network Appliance, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said he looked forward to working with Red Hat on this virtualization initiative and to helping it create and deliver on its virtualization vision. Frank Artale, the vice president of business development at XenSource, said the company was pleased that Red Hat was including the Xen open-source hypervisor technology in its upcoming RHEL 5 product. Asked about support for other virtualization technologies, both the Intel and AMD spokespeople said they would offer any virtualization technologies their customers wanted, as choice was always good, and that they would both continue to work with the various providers of this technology. Some analysts like Tony Iams, vice president of system software research at Ideas International, in Rye Brooks, N.Y., said they believe that Red Hat will drive virtualization deeply into the mainstream by making Xen a pervasive part of its Linux distribution. The integration of Xen into Red Hat Enterprise Linux would also result in important customer benefits, including better support for consolidation, more flexible life-cycle management, and improved workload management and availability, he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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