Server Virtualization

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) logo

Infrastructure automation has greatly increased our ability to build servers and applications very quickly. Over the past several years, server virtualization (running multiple independent servers in separate virtual containers on a single physical server) has substantially increased efficiencies in managing server operations.

Server virtualization:

  • increases efficiency by maximizing resource usage (system memory, processor time, and storage) on individual physical servers
  • allows for allocation of resources to servers in a dynamic, as-needed manner
  • allows for much faster and reliable system restores
  • breaks pre-existing locks between applications and physical hardware, allowing for more flexibility and openness in server management and system planning

The Library uses KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine); an open source virtualization infrastructure developed for Linux and currently the default virtualization platform in most Linux distributions.

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