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Intel, Microsoft sign new technology pact

Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have announced plans to connect computer network management technologies and also t...


March 8, 2006  


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Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have announced plans to connect computer network management technologies and also to work together to advance virtualization technology.

In a move aimed at users of Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS), Intel plans to connect its new Active Management Technology (AMT) with Microsoft SMS, which the two say will protect computers from viruses and lower maintenance costs.

Intel and Microsoft have also joined together to extend Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) to include support for mapping I/O devices to virtual machines on servers with a new specification called Intel Virtualization for Directed I/O (Intel VT-d).

“Intel AMT and Microsoft SMS will mean relief for those who manage computer networks who have struggled to effectively control virus outbreaks, audit networked PCs or handle computer problems without affecting users’ productivity,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the company’s digital enterprise group.