Virtually Linux

Virtualization provides an abstraction layer mapping a virtual resource to a real resource. Such an abstraction allows one machine to be carved into many virtual machines as well as allowing a cluster of machines to be viewed as one. Linux provides a wealth of virtualization offerings. The technologies range in the problems they solve, the models they are useful in, and their respective maturity. This paper surveys some of the current virtualization techniques available to Linux users, and it reviews ways to leverage these technologies. Virtualization can be used to provide things such as quality of service resource allocation, resource isolation for security or sandboxing, transparent resource redirection for availability and throughput, and simulation environments for testing and debugging.

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