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Standard to bridge virtual gap between AMD and Intel

VNUnet reporting:

A group of vendors including Dell is preparing a new standard that will bridge the gap between Intel and AMD servers in virtualized environments, vnunet.com has learned.

Chipmakers currently enable the live migration of virtual machines between processor generations. AMD already offers such technology in its Opteron processors, and Intel on Wednesday unveiled VT FlexMigration, a similar technology that will be added to future server processors.

Migrating workloads between processor generations poses a challenge because older generations lack some of the features in newer chips. The AMD and Intel technologies solve this problem by essentially scaling down features of the more advanced chips to match those of the oldest generation in a server pool.
Well we will see more such interoperability initiatives as virtualization becomes pervasive!

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