AMD, in collaboration with Red Hat, today demonstrated "live migration" of a virtual machine across vendor platforms.
Live migration enables the movement of running virtual machines (VMs) from one physical server to another without disrupting service to the end user, something that, till now, has only been demonstrated across systems based on one vendor?s platforms.
Today?s live migration demonstration moves a live VM from an dual socket Intel Xeon DP Quad Core E5420-based system to a system based on the forthcoming 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, utilizing Red Hat?s open source virtualization software.
See the demonstration here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuhU6jJjpAQ
Live Migration of VMs across physical servers is a vital component of data center management that enables IT managers to move VMs as necessary in order to perform tasks such as upgrading or conducting maintenance of a server, balancing the server load and proactively managing the server availability to avoid downtime or lost data.