Virtualization is the technology that started a big technology shift toward IT consolidation, which provides more efficient use of resources and the cloud as a more integrated, automated, and orchestrated version of virtualization with a focus on not only virtual machines but also additional services. There are a total of 16 chapters in this book, all of which have been lined up to cover all the important aspects of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization. We will start with basic KVM topics such as the history of virtualization concepts and Linux virtualization and then move on and look at advanced topics in KVM such as automation, orchestration, virtual networking, storage, and troubleshooting. This chapter will provide you with an insight into the prevailing technologies in Linux virtualization and their advantages over others.
In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:
- Linux virtualization and its basic concepts
- Types of virtualization
- Open source virtualization projects
- What Linux virtualization offers you in the cloud