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Hitachi blades don't need flash VMware, they have hardware virtualization

Finally I see, Bridget, covering Hitachi. (That does remind me of something I had promised Bridget which I haven't yet provided due to crazy schedule here).

Anyways, back to Hitachi's Virtage:

The embedded technology, known as Virtage, runs on an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) coupled with embedded firmware designed to handle virtualization tasks at the hardware level. Virtage works with Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) chips and enables users to partition physical server resources into isolated logical partitions (LPARs) that can each run a different operating system, or guest.

Hitachi designed Virtage for its BladeSymphony 1000 blade servers, which will be generally available by the first quarter of 2008.

Other attempts to embed virtualization within a server don't do so in hardware. In September, XenSource Inc. announced an embedded virtualization platform called XenExpress that integrates into servers via flash or on the hard disk. Similarly, VMware's ESX Server 3i fits on 32 MB of flash memory.

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