Virtualization from AMD – Solving it at the Hardware Level
AMD offers hardware support under the name “AMD-V” in its Opteron line of chips for virtualization. This technology offloads the hypervisor by handling many of the memory management requirements through the use of larger caches, memory space protections, and paging algorithms for faster data transfer.
Microsoft and AMD co wrote a whitepaper describing virtualization. In addition to the hardware capabilities of AMD’s line of processors which shifts functions from the software into the hardware itself, there are software tools from Microsoft called Virtual Server 2005 which works with MS Windows Server 2003 offering VHD mounting, support for hardware –assisted virtualization, and new performance advantages including Volume Shadow Copy Service for backups and disaster recovery. There’s also support for running Linux operating systems
A great resource for news in virtualization can be found at the Sys-Con site, as well as Insight24’s slate of papers.