Review on KVM Hypervisor
Pankaj R Kadam1, Nilesh V Alone2

1Pankaj R Kadam, R. H. Sapat College of Engineering, Management Studies & Research, Nashik, (Maharashtra), India.
2Nilesh V ALone, R. H. Sapat College of Engineering, Management Studies & Research, Nashik, (Maharashtra), India.

Manuscript received on 12 September 2014 | Revised Manuscript received on 20 September 2014 | Manuscript published on 30 September 2014 | PP: 54-59 | Volume-3 Issue-4, September 2014 | Retrieval Number: D1221093414/2014©BEIESP
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Abstract: In today’s world the boom of cloud computing is made possible due to the virtualization technology. This technology was invented before couple of decades but cloud computing leveraged this technology to build scalable reliable platform which can deploy many applications in the cloud. Virtualized resources come under the infrastructure as service. There are many virtualization technologies available right now in the market which includes VMware, Hyper V, LXC, Xen and KVM. KVM is also known as kernel virtualized machine as it is completely integrated into the Linux kernel itself so it is able to use many native functionalities which are available in the Linux kernel itself. KVM provides the full visualization of guests which allows guests to run unmodified. KVM is completely open source and have a strong community behind this which keeps updating the KVM. In this paper we have reviewed the KVM and studied its detailed architecture. We have also done some tests and evaluation which proves the significant upper hand of the KVM over other hypervisors available in the market.
Keyword: Bare Metal Performance, Benchmarking Cloud computing, Full Virtualization, open source virtualization.

Scope of the Article: Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization