5 open source virtualization technologies

January 19, 2011 — Leave a comment

Short for Kernel-based Virtual Machine, KVM, is not as widely deployed as other open source hypervisors, but its stature is growing rapidly. KVM is a full virtualization hypervisor and can run both Windows and Linux guests.

Kernel-based Virtual Machine, KVM
http://www.linux-kvm.org

 

Xen supports paravirtualization and "hardware assisted" virtualization for modified and un-modified guests, respectively.

http://www.xen.org

OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux which has become quite popular among the mass-market Linux hosting providers as an inexpensive way to provide virtual private servers.
http://openvz.org

VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X and can support all those operating systems as guests.
http://www.virtualbox.org

Lguest
http://lguest.ozlabs.org/

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