Sep 302008

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a Linux kernel virtualization infrastructure. KVM is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions Intel VT (vmx) or AMD-V (svm). 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. KVM also requires a modified QEMU although work is underway to get the required changes upstream.

KVM is a free opensource virtualization software and is included in Linux Kernel version 2.6.20 and above. Using KVM, one can run multiple virtual machines running unmodified Linux or Windows images. Each virtual machine has private virtualized hardware: a network card, disk, graphics adapter, etc.

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Aug 102008

VMware Server is a free virtualization product for Windows and Linux servers. VMware Server is a robust yet easy to use server virtualization product and is based on proven virtualization technology. VMware can run on any standard x86 hardware and can support 64-bit guest operating systems including Windows Linux and Sun Solaris. VMware server can support two-processor Virtual SMP, enabling a single virtual machine to span multiple physical processors.

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Aug 092008

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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