What is Hardware Virtualization?

Definition of Hardware Virtualization

Hardware virtualization embeds virtualization hypervisor directly on hardware rather than as software. It can consolidate multiple workloads on a single server. When necessary, a particular component of hardware or architecture can emulate on a computer.

Brief Description of Hardware Virtualization

Hardware Virtualization refers to the embedding of the virtual machine manager as a hardware component. The virtual machine manager or hypervisor enables multiple operating systems to execute on the same device.

It performs the following primary functions:

  • Saving and restoring the CPU upon transition between the guest operating system virtual machine managers.
  • Develop hardware to support external virtualization software

IBM, Sun Servers, Intel and AMD adopts this technology.

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