Basics of Virtualization


Virtualization is a framework or methodology of dividing the resources of a computer into multiple execution environments.

Traditional setup < 2000 time frame>

Traditional x86 machines (Windows XP, ME , Linux desktop versions have above setup. Only one OS

With Virtulization

By using a “Hypervisor layer”, the several OS can be run on the same server/PC. This Hypervisor connects the other OS’s with hardware. Hypervisor is also called as “Virtual Machine Monitor” (VMM)

This is efficient method if we would need to have several OS’s

Hypervisor assists other OS’s (Guest OS) to connect to host OS

Virtualization Defined

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