KVM Review
Possibility of using KVM Virtualization in Hosting

Virtualization has made a lot of progress during the last decade, primarily due to the development of myriad open source virtual machine hypervisors. This progress has almost diminished the barriers between operating systems. There are mainly two types of virtualizations; Software Virtualiztion and Hardware Virtualization. Up until recently, the focus always has been on software­emulated virtualization.


KVM is short for Kernel­based Virtual Machine and makes use of hardware virtualization, i.e., you need a CPU that supports hardware virtualization, e.g. Intel VT or AMD­V. Connsidering the time line of virtualization techniques, KVM is a relative newcomer. Several incumbent open source methods exist today, such as Xen, Bochs, UML, Linux VServer, and coLinux, but KVM is receiving a surprising amount of exposure now. KVM is a unique hypervisor. It consists of a loadable kernel module that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module. Using KVM virtualization, one can run multiple virtual machines...

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.


tina5gigaReal User

What could businesses ever do without open source programs? This is one of the many free programs that let businesses and individuals appreciate the role of open source programs. Free does not necessarily mean ineffective. Very clear and detailed review here on KVM. Excellent!


Loved this post!! however, I would like to understand can we prefer KVM over ESXi? What features does it have over VMWare virtualization?