KVM Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
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Real User
Senior Consultant IT Infrastructure at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Jul 24 2016

What is most valuable?

KVM runs virtualized guests with its own kernel, which is very important to me.

How has it helped my organization?

I mainly use it for customer projects, as KVM allows running virtualized environments for free in a very efficient way. Furthermore, it is an open source solution so modifying the code is possible. One might think that this is never necessary... more»

What needs improvement?

Setting KVM up and running it with dozens of parameters can be annoying. However, there is a control interface called Virsh (and also a GUI called virt-manager) which allows running KVM guests with a simple config file.
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Real User
Student at Universidade de Brasília at a tech services company
Jun 19 2017

What do you think of KVM?

Valuable Features Low cost, if not lowest. Great performance and scalability. Security is top-notch. Free. • Room for Improvement Networking configuration might be annoying depending on how you want to set it up; usually works fine, though. • Use of Solution I have used it for one year. • Deployment Issues We have not encountered any deployment issues. • Stability Issues We have not encountered any stability issues. • Scalability Issues We have not encountered any scalability issues. • Customer Service and Technical Support Customer Service: Well, none. Technical Support: Unless you can count open forums? • Previous Solutions I previously used VMware VM VirtualBox and then Workstation Pro. I switched because VMware is not free. • Initial...


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KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko.
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