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Top 5 Hypervisor tools

Today we are going to talk about Hypervisor which is also an important tool for Developers or programmers these days. In this post we are going to share the name & features of top Hypervisor tools which are mostly used by Developers these days.
 
But, before that let us first understand Hypervisor.
 
Hypervisor which is also known as Virtual machine monitor (VMM) is a software or firmware which allow to run and manage the virtual machines. In a broader way, we can say Hypervisor makes it possible to run different operating systems in the same machine by using all the hardwares like processor, memory etc. if no other operating system is on. In simple terms just understand, it is a tool which control and distributes the hardware resources to each operating system according to their needs without interrupting other operating systems.
 
Now, If we look forward there are two categories of Hypervisors
 
1. Type 1 hypervisor — This type of Hypervisor are also known as bare metal or native or embedded hypervisors. It can be installed and runs directly on the system hardware.
 
Highlights
  • More Efficient
  • Higher performance
  • Higher availability
  • Higher Security
  • Need skills to operate
 
 
2. Type 2 hypervisor — This type of Hypervisors can install & run on host operating system.
 
Highlights
  • Less Efficient
  • Less expertise Needed
  • Less security
  • Complex problems cannot handled
  • Easy to Install
  • Useful when I/O devices support is important.


So, Till now we read and understand about Hypervisors and types of hypervisors. Now, let's move on to the important section where we will look on to the top 5 hypervisor tools. So let's start.
 
1. VMware ESX or ESXi

 


Highlights
  • Type 1 Bare Metal
  • Belongs to Vmware
  • Known as Mature & Stable tool
  • Required License for advanced features & scalability
  • Free edition available with limited features
  • 5 commercial editions
  • Good for enterprises
  • It includes its own kernel
  • Memory over commitment
  • High availability
  • vMotion
  • Storage vMotion
  • Fault Tolerance
 
2. Microsoft Hyper V



Highlights
  • Belongs to Microsoft
  • Type 1 Bare Metal
  • Good for Small-Medium Businesses
  • Good for running windows
  • 4 commercial editions
  • Free edition available (with no GUI and no virtualization rights)
  • Live Migration
  • Storage Migration
  • Dynamic memory 
  • Extensible virtual switch
 
3. VMware Workstation/Fusion/Player



Highlights
  • Type 2 Hypervisor
  • It can run only single Virtual Machine
  • Not allow to create VMs
  • Licensing plans
  • Good for running multiple different operating systems or versions of one OS on one desktop
  • Good for labs and demonstration objectives
  • Good for sandbox environments and snapshots
  • Good Option for running Windows and Linux on Macs
 
4. Oracle VM VirtualBox


Highlights
  • Type 2 Hypervisor
  • Mature and Stable
  • Belongs to Oracle Corporation
  • Similar to VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Alternative of expensive server and desktop virtualization
  • Open-source hypervisor
  • Suitable for Small-Medium Business & Enterprises
  • Live migration
  • Multiple host resource pools
  • Automated workflows
 
5. KVM



Highlights
  • Open Source
  • Belongs to Red Hat, Inc.
  • Mature hypervisor
  • Contains the features of Type 1 & Type 2
  • Suitable for Personal & Small medium solutions
  • Based on Linux
  • Numerous guest operating systems work with KVM (BSD, Solaris, Windows, Haiku, ReactOS, Plan 9, and the AROS Research)
  • KVM is used in products such as Redhat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)
  • Live migration
  • Storage migration
  • Configuration snapshots

So, this is my list of top five hypervisor tools. Hope you guys will like my efforts and if you want to share your list of hypervisor tools than feel free to share in the comment box below. Lastly, I just want to say choose those tools which are suitable for you as per your requirements.
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