If you use the Linux operating system for your business, you’ll definitely want to look into a Kernel-based Virtual Machine. Localization may be a great solution for your business, but you’ll first need to learn the basics.

Here’s what you’ll need to know.

What is a Kernel-Based Virtual Machine?

If you’re not comfortable with technical jargon, don’t worry! Understanding the complex nature of Linux’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine infrastructure is still possible.

Every piece of hardware using a Linux-based OS is capable of running KVM right out of the box. In short, KVM is a piece of open-source software that exists for virtualization.

Running KVM allows a machine to become a hypervisor. We know that we’re throwing a lot at you but stick with us.

Think of a hypervisor like a hub or a beehive. There’s one central machine that operates the host. Therefore, every other machine in the network operates as a guest.

To help you keep things straight, here’s a quick list of terminology you’ll run into if you operate KVM:

  • Host

A host computer is the main component of KVM hardware. A host connects to other devices on a network and provides data to all other devices on the network.

  • Guest

A guest device is any device that connects to the host in order to retrieve data.

  • Virtualization

Virtualization refers to the mimicking of another piece of hardware through open-source software. Here, you’ll be virtualizing a computer, so multiple employees can access a desktop.

Why use a KVM?

Now that you understand just what a KVM is, how can it help your business and why should you consider using it?

Using a Kernel-based virtual machine may be a good solution if you work with a large team. Any business can use virtualization. But that doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for your business.

Remember when you were in school and had a group project? Coordinating schedules and tasks could quickly get out of hand. With virtualization, anyone on the team can go in at any time and get the work done. Not only is it efficient, but it’s also practical.

Largely, using a KVM is a cost-cutting effort. Instead of paying more money for more servers, using a KVM can cut down on data.

And since KVM is an open-source software, you’re free to alter and customize it at your will. If you install KVM and find that some of the software doesn’t work for you, you can physically go in and alter the code!

How cool is that?

A Quick Warning About Open-Source Software

Open source technology is great, but you’ll need to take some extra precautions should you use it.

Accidents happen, so make sure the right people have access to the right code. I can be easy to delete crucial data on your Kernel-based virtual machine.

Make sure those with access know how to correctly handle the virtual machine.

Protect your code and business by making sure you’ve deployed the proper training.

If you have questions about your Kernel-based virtual machine or hosting, reach out! We’d love to hear from you and help your business out! We have great options for businesses of every size.