Open source server virtualization software guide
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
The major players are Oracle Corp.'s Oracle
, 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
This was first published in January 2010
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