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.
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.