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    Xen is described as 'org, home of the Xen hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization. It is a native (bare-metal) hypervisor providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently' and is a popular Virtualization Tool in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Xen for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based and BSD. The best alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Xen are KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) (Free, Open Source), OpenStack (Free, Open Source), XCP-ng (Free, Open Source) and Windows Sandbox (Free).

    This page was last updated May 17, 2021
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    Xen.org, home of the Xen hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization. It is a native...
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    1. VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.
    2. KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.


    3. OpenStack OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds.
    4. XCP-ng is a high-performance, enterprise-level hypervisor with a rich ecosystem and is the result of massive cooperation between individuals and companies. All commercial features are enabled with no commitment required to a support agreement.
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      fischerr Based on XenServer, XCP-ng is the result of massive cooperation between individuals and companies, to deliver a product without limits. No restrictions on features and every bit available on GitHub!
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    5. a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.


    6. Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate installation. It unpacks and adjusts the paths and configuration of VirtualBox so it will run portably.

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      It has not been updated since 2017 and does not work with any version of Virtualbox beyond v5.1.22.

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      VMware vSphere Hypervisor ( based on ESXi ) is a free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware.
    7. Containers which offer an environment as close as possible as the one you'd get from a VM but without the overhead that comes with running a separate kernel and simulating all the hardware.
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      bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2 hypervisor that runs FreeBSD 9+, OpenBSD, Linux and MS Window desktop (versions Vista, 7, 8/8.1/8.
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    8. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a free product that delivers enterprise-class virtualization for your datacenter and hybrid cloud.
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