Short for Kernel-based Virtualization Machine, KVM is an open source virtualization offering for Linux operating systems that enables Linux to function as a hypervisor for running multiple virtual machines (VMs).
KVM has been directly integrated into the Linux kernel as of 2007's 2.6.20 Linux kernel release. KVM is the basis for both IBM’s and Red Hat’s Linux virtualization technologies, and it’s also the most widely used virtualization technology in the OpenStack cloud.
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