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Xen vs. other virtualization technologies

Open source applications and software expert Bernard Golden explains some of the technical points of Xen.

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How does Xen differ from other virtualization technologies?
That's a very complex question that deals with detailed technical specs. Simply put Xen, according to the info I've seen, has a lighter-weight implementation. Today, it requires hooks into the guest operating system, but in the future it will be able to support native operating systems. Look for lots of info on Xen as Intel and AMD release their virtualization-friendly chips this year.
This was first published in March 2006

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