L4 - Virtualization and Beyond

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Executive Summary

After being introduced by IBM in the 1960s, virtualization has experienced a renaissance in recent years. It has become a major industry trend in the server context and is also popular on consumer desktops. In addition to the well-known benefits of server consolidation and legacy preservation, virtualization is now considered in embedded systems. In this paper, the authors want to look beyond the term to evaluate advantages and downsides of various virtualization approaches.

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