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24 March 2010, 16:45

Novell supports KVM

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Novell Logo With the announcement of the upcoming summer release of Service Pack 1 (SP1), Novell will officially support the KVM virtualisation solution in version 11 of its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). Support for the Kernel-based Virtual Machine was already included as a "technology preview" in SLES 11, however, with SP1, Novell will offer official support for guest systems including SLES 9 to 11, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, XP and Vista, as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4 and 5.

The host systems can run 32 or 64-bit guests and can support up to 16 virtual CPUs, 512 GB of RAM and eight network interfaces.

Xen, the "official" virtualisation solution in SLES 11, will continue to be supported and initially will remain the preferred technology. However, in the long run, Novell anticipates that KVM will be an equivalent alternative. More details can be found in a presentation on Virtualisation with KVM from Novell.

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