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Virtualization support for Itanium processor

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Does ESX or Hyper-V support the Itanium processor?
From what I can see it doesn't I'm not 100% sure.
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See this:

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/192692

Re: VMware Support for Itanium Servers

The long answer is NO as it doesn't make any sense. The industry is dropping Itanium Vs endorsing it. Ten years ago Itanium was supposed to be the next generation Intel architecture, right now Intel is just waiting (and looking forward) to pull the plug as soon as they can. (From VMWare Employee)
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http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2010/04/02/windows-server-2008-r2-to-phase-out-itanium.aspx

I’ve written previously about 64-bit and Windows Server and the long, steady adoption of 64-bit computing over the years.  Having been involved in Windows Server support for Alpha processors in the past, and seeing many of the early chapters of 64-bit Windows Server written on Intel’s Itanium architecture, it’s with a sense of nostalgia that I pass on some important news.

Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the last version of Windows Server to support the Intel Itanium architecture.  SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010 are also the last versions to support Itanium.  
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Regardin hyper-v:

https://www.microsoft.com/hyper-v-server/en/us/system-requirements.aspx

Processor: x64 compatible processor with Intel VT or AMD-V technology enabled.
Hardware Data Execution Prevention (DEP), specifically Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit), must be available and enabled.

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So both vmware and microsoft don't support itantium (any longer)

Tolomir
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Also xen is dropping support:

http://forums.citrix.com/message.jspa?messageID=1458117
(scroll down)
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by:wannabecraig
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When we say support, do we mean it wont run on the server of the MS/VMware wont offer support for that server?
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Don't run!

The x86 and x64 are quite "similar", but ia64 is too much different.

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With a server marked share of about 0.5% for itanium, providing itanium version of virtualization tools is too expensive.
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