Open source virtualization

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About Open source virtualization

With the open source-based Xen hypervisor, there are alternatives to the market-leading virtualization platforms, such as VMware, Hyper-V and XenServer. These alternatives include Red Hat's KVM, Sun VirtualBox and OpenVZ. Open source-based virtualization can provide lower-cost alternatives to costly virtualization platforms, but they also pose support and in-house expertise challenges. This section covers open source virtualization, provides step-by-step how-to's on using open source virtualization technologies and compares open source virtualization alternatives with market-leading virtualization technologies such as VMware and Microsoft's Hyper-V on the basis of performance, reliability, ease of use, support, security and performance.