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kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a free, open source virtualization architecture for Linux distributions.

KVM virtualization, which is supported by Red Hat Inc. and Canonical Ltd., uses a type-two hypervisor that resides within the Linux kernel. KVM virtualization is often compared with Xen,  the open source hypervisor for Oracle VM, Citrix Systems Inc.'s XenServer and other platforms. 

This was last updated in March 2013

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