IBM will provide a package called Virtualization Engine, is designed to make
IBM’s Power servers better able to juggle multiple loads and provides a
foundation for an infrastructure that can respond automatically to changing
priorities in a company’s workloads. IBM demonstrated the technology on
Wednesday. Virtualization Engine will debut in IBM’s iSeries line in the second
quarte and later will appear in the pSeries and Enterprise Storage System
products. With the virtualization technology of Power5, IBM will increase this
to 10 partitions per processor. IBM is to add more later, as systems are more
thoroughly qualified.

Virtualization Engine software will run on IBM’s current version of Unix, AIX
5.2, but support for the full partitioning abilities requires the forthcoming
version 5.3. The Power5 partitions can run three different operating systems:
IBM’s AIX version of Unix, from its pSeries line; its OS/400, from the iSeries
line; and Linux. The new partitioning technology in Power5 requires
virtualization abilities that come through a technology called Hypervisor, which
IBM brought from its mainframe. IBM is speeding up several Hypervisor abilities
by incorporating them directly into the Power5 processor instead of relying on
slower software.

Comments : Virtualization is certainly the next cool technology coming
in the near future apart from Multi-core architecture. Chip giant Intel has also
announced the Vanderpool Technology for desktop and Silvervale Technology for
their Enterprise platforms (Xeon and Itanium). VT is expected to make its way
into the desktop platform within 2 years. AMD too is seriously looking into this
technology as well.

IBM will provide a package called Virtualization Engine, is designed to make
IBM’s Power servers better able to juggle multiple loads and provides a
foundation for an infrastructure that can respond automatically to changing
priorities in a company’s workloads. IBM demonstrated the technology on
Wednesday. Virtualization Engine will debut in IBM’s iSeries line in the second
quarte and later will appear in the pSeries and Enterprise Storage System
products. With the virtualization technology of Power5, IBM will increase this
to 10 partitions per processor. IBM is to add more later, as systems are more
thoroughly qualified.

Virtualization Engine software will run on IBM’s current version of Unix, AIX
5.2, but support for the full partitioning abilities requires the forthcoming
version 5.3. The Power5 partitions can run three different operating systems:
IBM’s AIX version of Unix, from its pSeries line; its OS/400, from the iSeries
line; and Linux. The new partitioning technology in Power5 requires
virtualization abilities that come through a technology called Hypervisor, which
IBM brought from its mainframe. IBM is speeding up several Hypervisor abilities
by incorporating them directly into the Power5 processor instead of relying on
slower software.

Comments : Virtualization is certainly the next cool technology coming
in the near future apart from Multi-core architecture. Chip giant Intel has also
announced the Vanderpool Technology for desktop and Silvervale Technology for
their Enterprise platforms (Xeon and Itanium). VT is expected to make its way
into the desktop platform within 2 years. AMD too is seriously looking into this
technology as well.