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VMware Adds Linux's Paravirt-ops Virtualization

May 12, 2007, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"VMware Inc.'s new desktop virtualization program, VMware Workstation 6, arrived on May 9 with support for the company's open paravirt-ops, a virtualization performance optimizer, which as of the 2.6.20 kernel, is now part of Linux.

"According to the company, paravirtualized Linux operating systems are modified operating systems specifically optimized to run in a virtual environment. Unlike current paravirtualization technologies, paravirt-ops enables transparent paravirtualization. This allows users to run the same Linux kernel in paravirtualized mode on a hypervisor as well as on native hardware. As a result, organizations have to support and maintain fewer Linux kernels, saving management costs and simplifying application development..."

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