Kernel-based Virtual Machine is good for virtualization and Openstack services
Stenio Pereira Filho | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 27, 2017

Kernel-based Virtual Machine is good for virtualization and Openstack services

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Kernel-based Virtual Machine

We are using Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) as part of our storage solution (OpenStack based). Our solution provides low-cost disk volumes to researchers to use for archiving and data backup. The volumes are provided by KVM virtual machines orchestrated by OpenStack Cinder. It was easier to implement this solution with KVM than XenServer Hypervisor.
  • Easy way to work with OpenStack
  • Better performance with the Linux OS
  • Lowest Cost
  • Complex networking
  • GPU processing is not fully supported
  • It's hard to set up without support tools
  • Capital expenditure costs are low, because is open-source and free
  • Operational expenditure costs are medium because it's necessary [to have] an IT team with experience in Linux
  • First step to the virtualization world. Wake up, we are in the 21st century
It is a very reliable solution that can be used for x86 architecture virtualization with low overhead. It is a free and open source software. Easy to use withOpenStack.
I recommend using KVM if you want to start a proof of concept of OpenStack services because it is very simple to configure and has much documentation about it. If your IT environment is Linux based, KVM is a great alternative to virtualize your infrastructure. It works with Windows virtual machines, but it is better with Linux obviously.

Kernel-based Virtual Machine Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
5
Management console
5
Live virtual machine backup
Not Rated
Live virtual machine migration
7
Hypervisor-level security
8