Itanium with VT support thoughts and questions

20. July 2006 09:25 by Csaborio in General  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

After reading Jose's blog entry, I immediately had some questions about virtualization on the new dual-core Itanium architecture.  First and foremost, which software vendor out there has a Virtualization solution that supports the Itanium?  As far as I know, the roadmap for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 does not include support for the Itanium.  Longhorn's roadmap does not include any foreseen support for the hypervisor on the Itanium either, so no luck in there as well.

Secondly, if some company indeed supported VT on the Itanium and allowed you to say, run Windows XP 32-bit on a virtual machine, would  that be faster than running the a 32-bit application directly on Windows Server for the Itanium?  Also, how would the WoW64’s performance (which IMHO is the Itanium's Achilles’ heel) be affected by the fact that there is VT support? 

These are many, many questions for which I have no answer for and hopefully will be addressed soon enough.