September 15, 2008

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors for Virtualization

Sunnyvale, Calif. - AMD announced that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors now power 37 platforms from global OEMs, nine of which are designed with virtualization in mind. 
AMD and Dell, having just introduced the latest Dell M905 PowerEdge blade server, can claim the only 16-core x86 server to support 11 tiles or 66 Virtual Machines (VM) in VMmark performance testing. The new server is now available, along with the Dell PowerEdge M805 blade. Both servers are uniquely designed to leverage AMD-Virtualization (AMD-V) technology for enhanced virtualization performance to help businesses maximize valuable datacenter real estate.        
"Virtualization technology is an essential solution for businesses seeking to create efficient and easy to manage data centers," says PatrickPatla, general manager, server and workstation business, AMD. "Our processor technology combined with these new Dell PowerEdge servers offer a solution that can help speed mainstream virtualization adoption in theindustry. We are excited that more customers now have greater choice invirtualization platforms and are able to take advantage of the performance leadership delivered by AMD's Direct Connect Architecture."        
AMD's Direct Connect Architecture helps enable the efficient memory and I/O capabilities that memory-intensive virtualization servers require, while alleviating the bottleneck of traditional front-side bus architectures. Combined with AMD's Rapid Virtualization Indexing, which can significantly improve virtualization performance through more efficient virtual machine memory management, the new PowerEdge servers create an optimal virtualization platform tailored for performance and reliability.
The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based Dell PowerEdge line of servers can support VMware ESXi 3.5, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition integrated hypervisors.