Integration with KVM

KVM is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). Using KVM, one can run multiple virtual machines running unmodified Linux or Windows images. Each virtual machine has private virtualized hardware: a network card, disk, graphics adapter, etc.

About KVM

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is an open-source, full virtualization solution built into the Linux kernel, enabling the creation and management of virtual machines on Linux hosts. KVM is widely recognized for its performance, scalability, and security, making it an ideal choice for cloud environments and data centers of all sizes. Its strong integration with the Linux ecosystem and support for advanced features such as live migration and memory overcommitment have made KVM a popular choice among organizations seeking a robust and efficient virtualization solution.

KVM’s Integration with Apache CloudStack

KVM is supported by Apache CloudStack, allowing administrators to fully utilize KVM’s virtualization capabilities within their CloudStack deployments. The integration enables a seamless management experience for KVM environments, with CloudStack providing an abstraction layer that simplifies the orchestration of resources and virtual machines alongside other hypervisors.

Pros

Open-source, cost-effective, and recognized for its performance, scalability, and security.

Cons

Might lack some of the enterprise features found in proprietary solutions.

Ease of Implementation

Easy.

Ease of Use

Moderate.

Total Cost of Ownership

Low upfront costs and ongoing maintenance costs due to its open-source nature.

Support

Commercial support for KVM is offered by various vendors, such as Red Hat and Canonical, with options for 24/7 assistance, updates, and professional services. Community support is available through mailing lists, forums, and online resources.

Supported Integrations

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is an open-source virtualization platform that integrates with Apache CloudStack, offering seamless management of virtualized resources within CloudStack environments. The supported operations include provisioning and management of virtual machines, cluster management, storage and network management, high availability, live migration, snapshots, and template and ISO management. This integration allows CloudStack administrators to leverage KVM’s advanced features and capabilities, providing a robust and flexible virtualization solution for data centers and cloud infrastructure.

Resources

Host KVM Installation

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Unlocking Cost Efficiency – KVM-based Cloud vs VMware vCloud

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KVM Rolling Maintenance

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Workshop – Cloudstack Deployment with KVM 

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