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Q&A: How Important Is Kernel-Based Virtual Machine to Virtualization?

Published: 28 September 2007

ID: G00152039

Analyst(s): George J. Weiss

Summary

KVM is led by Qumranet, but it has the backing of IBM, Intel, Red Hat and AMD. Understand the important issues surrounding KVM virtualization and why it could shake up the market.

Table Of Contents
  • What is Kernel-Based Virtual Machine (KVM)?
  • Who's behind the development of KVM?
  • Why is KVM relevant to IT planners?
  • What does Qumranet get from the effort?
  • Will Qumranet be offering its own set of infrastructure and management tools like XenSource?
  • Now that XenSource and VMware have announced OEM versions of their hypervisor-based solutions for x86 platforms, how is the market served by another hypervisor that could fragment hypervisor technology and complicate management?
  • What is the difference between Xen and KVM if they're both open source?
  • Does that mean that it's too late for KVM to create market demand?
  • How will VMware, Xen, KVM and Microsoft Viridian be positioned to capture market share?
  • What are key milestones KVM must accomplish to create market demand?
  • What actions should an IT planner take concerning KVM?

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