z/VM and Xen Virtualization Performance

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Executive Summary

There are many virtualization techniques in the market for various platforms. For these tests, one wanted to compare the z/VM virtualization product to the Xen virtualization product. These virtualization products provide the feature to run an operating system, for example a Linux, on virtual hardware. This operating system instance is called a guest. With that virtualization feature it is possible to run many guests in parallel on the same physical hardware, completely isolated from each other.

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