Open source server virtualization software guide

Open source server virtualization software comes in several variations. This introductory guide outlines the major open source virtualization software and their architecture, from Red Hat KVM, to Oracle VM.

This introductory guide outlines the major open source virtualization software vendors, differences between Xenand

Kernel-based Virtual Machine, (or KVM) Linux virtualization architecture, and more.

In the world of open source server virtualization software, there are different virtualization technologies available.

OPEN SOURCE VIRTUALIZATION SOFTWARE GUIDE:

Open source server virtualization software guide

Xen virtualization vs. KVM virtualization architecture

Inside Oracle VM virtualization

Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtualization architecture

Linux virtualization with Novell's SLES

How should you choose an open source virtualization technology?

 The major players are Oracle Corp.'s Oracle VM, Red Hat with its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtualization which offers Xen-based virtualization. In this article, we provide an introduction to the characteristics of these various open source virtualization software options.

Before exploring the individual products, it's important to understand the major distinctions between the two major technologies in open source server virtualization software, which are Xen and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). To understand these technologies, you need to understand their differences.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sander van Vugt is an author and independent technical trainer, specializing in Linux since 1994. Vugt is also a technical consultant for high-availability clustering and performance optimization, as well as an expert on SLED 10 administration.


This was first published in January 2010

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