Intelâ€™s Virtualization Architect Donald Dugger started working on Xen Project software eight years ago. We recently interviewed Don to find out why Intel continues to support, contribute and invest in the Xen Project.Â One of the first companies to contribute to hardware-assisted virtualization, today Intel remains equally focused on actively promoting open source virtualization. The company continually adds new virtualization features in its CPUs and is constantly evolving its virtualization support. Improved cache monitoring technology, which provides faster processing and better utilization to resolve the â€œnoisy neighborâ€ dilemma when hosting large, resource-hungry data sets, is the latest contribution from the worldâ€™s largest chip company. Don spoke toÂ eWeekÂ about this new feature last week for the release of Xen Project Hypervisor version 4.5.
In this video, Don discusses the pressure data centers face today to reduce costs and achieve more efficient use of hardware. Open source Xen provides a very secure, efficient and cost-effective way to solve these problems and allows organizations to do more with less. Don also talks about the key role open source virtualization plays in cloud computing, which is poised for continued growth as datacenters struggle with capacity and resource availability. Don says Intel remains deeply committed to the Project to best service customers running a cloud environment based on Xen virtualization and utilizing Intel hardware.