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Intel Backs VMware And Microsoft, But Xen Celebrates at IDF

Intel snuggled up to VMware and Microsoft at its developer's forum but it's Xen that will benefit most from the company's latest batch of virtualization technology-enabled (VT) server chips, sources claim.

The shipment of Intel's enhanced VT-enabled server processors this month, code-named Dempsey, will help extend Xen's footprint, observers note.

That is because the recently released Xen 3.0 open source hypervisor offers support for VT and will virtualize any guest operating system including Windows and Netware workloads, said sources close to Xen.

In the past, Xen supported Linux and Solaris only. Xen 3.0 was completed last December.

Xen will be integrated into next generation SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell this spring and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 later this year, sources said.

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