Intel, VMware Launch Virtualize ASAP

by CXOtoday Staff    Jun 23, 2006

Intel Corporation and VMware, Inc. have announced launch of Intel-VMware Virtualize ASAP, a global program to accelerate IT customer deployment of applications in virtual environments using VMware Infrastructure on Intel Xeon processor-based platforms.

The program strengthens collaboration between Intel and VMware around optimizing Intel platform support for virtualization. Virtualize ASAP would benefits customers by enabling software vendors for developing practices for optimized application deployment for VMware Infrastructure on Intel-based server platforms.

According to the duo, Intel and VMware jointly drive tuning, feedback and technical optimization for VMware virtualization software on Intel processor technologies. Over the long-term, Virtualize ASAP would help direct continued improvements in support for VMware software on Intel’s platforms and processors.

“We created Virtualize ASAP with VMware to accelerate and simplify the process of customer solutions deployment of VMware environments on Intel Xeon-based server platforms and to strengthen our joint technical collaboration,” said Pat Gelsinger, Senior VP & GM - Digital Enterprise Group, Intel.

“Giving IT professionals well prescribed deployment guidelines for applications will serve as a strong catalyst for them to migrate their data centers to VMware Infrastructure on Intel Xeon-based server platforms. Working with VMware on the workloads will allow both companies to further optimize virtualization workload support on a longer term basis,” concluded Gelsinger.

“Virtualize ASAP gives a broad set of ISV partners a set of technical resources to accelerate the creation of best practices and reference configurations of VMware Infrastructure for servers using Intel’s dual-core Xeon processors,” said Diane Greene, President, VMware.

Virtualize ASAP provides multiple resources for engaged software vendors including a dedicated solution testing facility and resources. The program will deliver the hardware, software and technical expertise to help software vendors establish best practice reference configurations, and application-sizing guides for their software using VMware Infrastructure and Intel Xeon processor-based server platforms.

The program will also provide education and support to software vendors who wish to take advantage of latest advances from Intel and VMware, including forthcoming energy-efficient performance of Intel Core Microarchitecture server processors and the newly released VMware Infrastructure 3 software suite, including availability, dynamic resource management and resiliency capabilities.

The benefits offered to participating software vendors through Virtualize ASAP includes education on VMware Virtual Infrastructure, Intel Platforms and Best Practice Development and 24×7 Online Access to Virtualize ASAP Center.