Linux Foundation launched VMM “Virtual Machine Monitoring” Software

Linux Foundation launched VMM “Virtual Machine Monitoring” SoftwareThe Linux Foundation officially announced the launch of its own virtual machine monitoring software. The Foundation issued a statement and said the software will host the Cloud Hypervisor project in order to deliver a Virtual Machine Monitor for modern cloud workloads. The software is written in Rust, with a “strong focus” on security. The features of VMM software include CPU, memory, and device hotplug, support for running Windows and Linux guests, device offload, and a minimal & compact footprint. Moreover, Microsoft, ARM, Intel, and Alibaba are backing the project. Its founding members include Arjan van de Ven (Fellow at Intel), K. Y Srinivasan (Distinguished Engineer and VP at Microsoft), and Felix Zhang (Senior Software Engineer at ByteDance). The Linux Foundation said the key focus of this project will initially be security and modern operation for the cloud.

Moreover, van de Ven said, “Cloud Hypervisor has grown to the point of moving to the neutral governance of The Linux Foundation. We created the project to provide a more secure and updated VMM to optimize for modern cloud workloads. With fewer device models and a modern, more secure language, Cloud Hypervisor offers security and performance-optimized for today’s cloud needs”. Point to be noted that the availability of virtual servers has become a top priority for many businesses. So, the use of virtual machine monitoring has shown a significant amount of increase. These tools provide valuable metric data and allow businesses to keep track of their virtual machine servers, and their guest virtual machines to make sure their performance is on optimal levels at all times.

However, the performance issues on machines hosting multiple virtual machines will affect the physical server, all of the VMs, and their applications. Performance monitoring and virtual environment health are the major parts for any business that needs hybrid environments for running virtual, cloud, and on-premises infrastructure for their workloads. Senior VP and general manager of projects at the Linux Foundation, Mike Dolan said security is a major issue and the community is trying to solve it and the Foundation also wants to support the project and going forward. Dolan said, “Modern cloud workloads require better security, and the Cloud Hypervisor project is intentionally designed to focus on this critical area. We’re looking forward to supporting this project community, both as it begins to build and to put the proper governance structures in place to sustain it for years to come”.

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