Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM)

Definition - What does Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) mean?

A Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) is a software program that enables the creation, management and governance of virtual machines (VM) and manages the operation of a virtualized environment on top of a physical host machine.

VMM is also known as Virtual Machine Manager and Hypervisor. However, the provided architectural implementation and services differ by vendor product.

Techopedia explains Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM)

VMM is the primary software behind virtualization environments and implementations. When installed over a host machine, VMM facilitates the creation of VMs, each with separate operating systems (OS) and applications. VMM manages the backend operation of these VMs by allocating the necessary computing, memory, storage and other input/output (I/O) resources.

VMM also provides a centralized interface for managing the entire operation, status and availability of VMs that are installed over a single host or spread across different and interconnected hosts.

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