June 18, 2008

Novell modifies SUSE Linux to run faster on VMware

Author: JT Smith

Waltham, Mass.-based Novell Inc. has added support for VMware Inc.'s Virtual Machine Interface (VMI) to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 SP2, which Novell says will make SUSE run faster on VMware's ESX hypervisor.

VMI is VMware's version of paravirtualization, in which the operating system is "aware" that it runs on a hypervisor and offloads certain chip instructions to the hypervisor, reducing the overhead of virtualization. Thus, a VMI-enabled operating system should demonstrate better performance than a non-paravirtualized, fully virtualized OS.

Link: searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com


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