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Kernel-Based Virtual Machine

What Does Kernel-Based Virtual Machine Mean?

A kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) is a virtualization infrastructure built for Linux OS and designed to operate on x86-based processor architecture.


KVM is developed by Red Hat Corporation to provide a virtualization solution and services on the Linux operating system platform. KVM is designed over the primary Linux OS kernel.

Techopedia Explains Kernel-Based Virtual Machine

KVM is a type of hypervisor that enables, emulates and provides for the creation of virtual machines on operating systems. These machines are built on top of the Linux kernel, using operating systems such as Linux, Ubuntu and Fedora. KVM can be installed on all x86 processors and provide separate instruction set extensions for Intel and AMD processors.

KVM supports multiple different guest operating system images including Linux Kernel, Windows, BSD and Solaris. It also allocates separate virtualized computing resources for each virtual machine such as the processor, storage, memory, etc.


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