Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:13 UTC
AMD "AMD described its forthcoming quad-core processor, codenamed Barcelona, in a session at today's Microprocessor Forum. Details of the new microarchitecture on which the processor is based (codenamed K8L) have been known for some time now. Still, the event brought some new info, and here are some highlights that I've culled from some of the reporting on it."
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Some things to remember about virtualization:

Most operating systems need at most 20GB - 40GB at most for their OS drive. I'm hard pressed nowadays to find a drive below 250GB and really now wouldn't buy one less than 320GB.

So what you get with virtualization is the abilty to save space and power. Instead of 4 boxes with 4 cases, 4 power supplies, 4 raid-1 sets, etc, just reduce it to a single box with 2-4 cores and a single raid-1. Attach some amount of storage to it, logically split it and give to each virtual copy.

This is great for basic legacy Windows office infrastructure which is ridden with server software that refuses to play nicely with other server software (exchange, ms-sql, domain servicer, etc). Basically give each Windows server a virtual sandbox to play in, a sandbox backup being simply a copy of the server image.

Not the way I would suggesting running unix based infrastructure though (software seems to play more nicely with each other, virtualization only needed for security purposes).

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