Linux KVM Virtualization comes to IBM Power servers soon

Linux KVM Virtualization comes to IBM Power servers soon

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Since 2007, when the Linux 2.6.20 kernel was released, Linux has had its own built-in hypervisor: Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). What was nice about that was that it made virtualization easy if you were running virtual machines (VM) on Intel or AMD processors with virtualization extensions Intel TV or AMD-V, respectively. What wasn’t so nice was that those were the only chips you could run KVM on. Almost a year ago, IBM promised that they would port KVM to its high-end Power architecture. Now, Big Blue is ready to deliver on its promise.

In a blog posting, Jim Wasko, Director of IBM’s Linux Technology Center, said “that a Power Systems version of KVM, PowerKVM, will be available on IBM’s next generation Power Systems servers tuned for Linux before the end of the quarter.”

Source:
http://www.zdnet.com/linux-kvm-virtualization-comes-to-ibm-power-servers-soon-7000028353/

2 COMMENTS

  1. Humor follows with the sentence … What wasn’t so nice was that those were the only chips you could run KVM on

    Would read better as

    What wasn’t so nice was that those were the only chips on which you could run KVM.

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    My French friends who read studied English have problems with sentences ending with a preposition. For them, on means standing on something, sitting on a chair, putting something on top of another or being on topic. Same with the sentence “there are 4 cars to choose from”. They would read it as “there are 4 cars from which to choose” or One can choose from amongst 4 cars.

    By the way, I do enjoy the news.

  2. Its not a 100% Intel world, users do still have choices.

    Rather than use my own words, I would strongly suggest that interested readers please read at least these Wikipedia articles to better understand the background and possibilities of KVM and CPU Virtualisation:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernel-based_Virtual_Machine
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardware-assisted_virtualization

    Then go out and buy a IBM Mainframe – Happy 50 years 1964-2014 with Linux and KVM among many other choices 🙂

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