Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

Posted on 25th Jul 2011 @ 12:35 AM


Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

Intel® Virtualization Technology

Helping to transform IT environments, hardware-assisted Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)¹ provides greater flexibility and maximum system utilization by consolidating multiple environments into a single server, workstation, or PC. With fewer systems required for the same tasks, Intel® VT delivers:

  • Simplified resource management increasing IT efficiency.
  • Greater systems reliability and availability reducing corporate risk and real-time losses from downtime.
  • Lower hardware acquisition costs with increased utilization of the machines you already have.

Making traditional virtualization better

With support from the processor, chipset, BIOS, and enabling software, Intel VT improves traditional software-based virtualization.Taking advantage of offloading workloads to system hardware, these integrated features enable virtualization software to provide more streamlined software stacks and "near native" performance characteristics.

More environments and less hardware required

Virtualization solutions enhanced by Intel VT allow a platform to run multiple operating systems (OSs) and applications as independent virtual machines, allowing one computer system to function as multiple "virtual" systems. For example, IT managers can create a single build with multiple and different OSs, software, and legacy applications.

Extending virtualization beyond business environments

Hardware-assisted Intel VT and software-based virtualization technologies also extend to the home user. Creating virtual "partitions" and isolating multiple user environments, home users can dedicate resources to specific activities like PC games, personal finance, and photo and video libraries, while simultaneously improving defenses against viruses or spyware.