The Windows Enabler Appliance is a self-contained virtual machine appliance that provides the ability to run unmodified Intel-based 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems on System z10 hardware in a virtual machine managed by z/VM
The Windows Enabler Appliance:
The appliance creates a emulated x86_64 CPU and simulated disk, network, and GUI console for use by the Intel operating system code.
- One virtual machine instance per Intel OS image
- Emulated hardware passes Windows Logo hardware interface verification test
- Has been submitted to Microsoft, but not yet processed
What Business Problem Are We Solving?
- Customers are being pressed to incorporate increasing amounts of Windows-only or Intel CPU-only based infrastructure into enterprise environments, including Linux on Intel workloads
- Increasing environmental impact of Intel sprawl
- Cost management (ability to recycle paid-for unused cycles)
- System integrity and fast recovery requirements
- Server based applications that are I/O oriented
- Applications that need fast recovery in disaster situations
- SQL Server
For more information please read the attached presentation by David Boyes.