AMD Shows Live Migration With Three Opteron Gens

Not too long ago, it was Intel demonstrating its newest, hippest family of 32nm Westmere processors; today, it's AMD's turn to strut its stuff. Advanced Micro Devices has just revealed to the public the first video and images demonstrating live migration across three generations of AMD processors on VMware ESX 3.5, including the six-core AMD Opteron processor, often referred to as "Istanbul." For those unaware of the strains in server environments, live migration of virtual machines across physical servers is crucial to providing flexibility for managing data centers. Not to mention the whole thing is just wicked cool to watch.

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AMD is also taking this opportunity to highlight its continued, cooperative development efforts with Microsoft as evidenced in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, which just so happens to be available today (imagine that!) as a beta and adds support for AMD-V technology with Rapid Virtualization Indexing. Margaret Lewis, Director of Commercial Solutions, stated the following: "The AMD ecosystem of hardware and software partners like Microsoft, Sun and VMware illustrates a strong confidence in the advanced virtualization capabilities AMD-V offers. Enabled in part by RVI, Live Migration across our 65-nm and 45-nm Quad-Core and upcoming Six-Core AMD Opteron processors provides further evidence of the flexibility of AMD-V technology for data center customers upgrading their systems."

Have a look at the video demo below, and feel free to click any of the images for larger versions.

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