Intel and VMware helped push virtualization technology further into the limelight this week by announcing plans to work together to optimize VMware's server product with Intel's future chip-level virtualization technologies.
At Intel's annual Developer Forum, the companies demonstrated the VMware product working with Intel's upcoming Vanderpool Technology prototypes. Intel hopes to ship chips supporting its virtual processor technology in desktops by the end of this year and in servers in 2006.
In addition to their collaborative product development efforts, both companies are drawing up plans for a number of different marketing activities, including events and solution centers designed to educate customers on the power of VMware virtual infrastructure on Intel servers and desktops.
"Our goal is to expand marketing and education around virtualization. We are looking for ways to accelerate the adoption of virtualization to where the majority, if not all desktop and server-based systems, have it," said Brian Byun, VMware's vice president of alliances.
As part of this week's demonstrations, VMware officials emphasized their commitment to offer more robust support for all 64-bit operating systems and applications running on Intel x86 architecture, including Linux and Windows operating environments.
The Intel-VMware announcement received the immediate endorsement of Novell and Red Hat, the leading distributors of Linux.
VMware responded. "Our message is, whatever 64-bit operating systems are released to market, users can be sure we will support them in our products," said VMware's Byun.