What is a KVM VPS? The advantages and technology explained

 What is KVM VPS?

KVM VPS is an acronym for Kernel-based Virtual Machine. It is a full virtualization solution and has become commonly used by hosting providers throughout the majority of the last decade. From a physical host perspective, KVM enables you to run to operating systems such as Windows and Linux. In fact, many of the big clouds empowering the sites you go to and use daily run on KVM virtualization technology too.

Using KVM, one can have Linux and Windows virtual machines running side by side on the same hardware. Each KVM VPS has its own kernel independent from the host (you can install or modify your own kernel from a VM-level). Since each virtual machine has its own environment, the VPS will act completely on its own and can run any operating system. This frequently used restrictions seen with container virtualization solutions (i.e. OpenVZ can only run certain Linux distributions).

Advantages of KVM VPS:

The pros with KVM is that all applications and use cases should be very similar to how it would on a dedicated server — thanks to it being independent from the host node. This means you can run Docker, OwnCloud, customized kernel headers, and more.

Additionally, you will find that KVM VPS solutions generally provide better performance for a number of reasons. Typically, providers offering KVM VPS tend to run the host nodes on more powerful host nodes than they would for containers, consider the extra overhead that KVM requires to operate efficiently from a host-perspective. On top of this, certain resources within KVM cannot be oversold easily – which is a top reason why consumers prefer to look for the term “KVM” when looking for a VPS hosting solution. This provides extra peace of mind to the consumer that the performance of their virtual server will be predictable and consistent now and in the future.

Most KVM VPS providers who include a control panel such as SolusVM or Virtualizor also allow for you to VNC or HTML5 Console into your server. This is useful if you ever need to console into your server and find remote access (i.e. SSH or RDP) inaccessible for whatever reason. Most providers today allow for custom ISO’s to be mounted as well, for you to https://lowendbox.com/tag/kvm/install your own Operating System on your KVM VPS via VNC.

For the reasons explained above, it is clear why KVM is a technology that many hosting providers have adopted for their virtualization platforms throughout the years, and why consumers tend to prefer it when seeking out a VPS hosting solution.

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