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Guidelines for Choosing the Right Hypervisor

By CIOReview | Thursday, August 24, 2017

With the wide adoption of virtualization and cloud computing among organizations, the uses of hypervisors are seeing a rapid drift. A hypervisor, the program that would enable you to host several different virtual machines on a single hardware, acts as the key while managing these virtual machines.

Though each of the virtual machines or operating systems will be able to run individual programs as these systems have the host hardware's processor, memory, and resources, the hypervisors are the actual player that allocates resources to the virtual machines. Effectively, hypervisor seamlessly allows enabling several virtual machines to work optimally on a single piece of computer hardware. Hypervisors dramatically improve the abilities of data centers while providing several benefits. A hypervisor virtualizes the server, allowing the system to host multiple VM instances each running an independent operating system and application on the same physical system using more of the available compute resources.

Before going for the best hypervisor, it’s a wise choice to identify the right hypervisor that can cater the organization's requirements. To start with, do a research on the organizational requirements and make a checklist on the priorities. Moreover, understand the basic hypervisor types as well as the various features and differences between each of these hypervisors.


Once the details regarding the organizations requirements are identified, the compatibility of devices is another point of concern. Ensure that all the virtualization hypervisor is 100 percent compatible with the hardware platform that the organization has implemented. While performing these operations, always insist on the best performance, simple management and an ability to be integrated into a virtual infrastructure. Furthermore, consider the industry leading and price performing load balancers or application delivery controllers, as Load balancers are vitally important to deliver keep the servers up and running. Moreover, reliability and scalability are also important factors to be considered. Finally, not only of deployment but also the cost of keeping these hypervisors running should never be underestimated.

Performance Being the Preference

After all the researchers and organizational requirement analysis, if performance and advanced resource control are the final preference, a bare metal hypervisor is the best option that can be adopted. Bare metal hypervisors use least amount of resource overhead and deliver the advantage of being able to prioritize or restrict virtual machine (VM) usage and guarantee VM resource allocation. In addition, hosted hypervisors have limited or no resource control, so VMs need to compete with each other for resources. Another limiting factor for hosted hypervisors is that, unlike bare metal hypervisors, frequently have heavy resource overhead penalties. This is particularly the case when tools, operating system services, and applications are also running on the guest system.

Expenses and ROI

Calculating the actual expenses for the hypervisors, hosted hypervisors are comparatively cheaper than the bare metal hypervisors. Bare metal hypervisors are costly, especially during instances when choosing a system that can scale up for implementing advanced features. Even though the initial expenses of bare metal hypervisors are comparatively low while going for advancements or improving any operational components in the hypervisor the expenses will be double.

Hosted virtualization hypervisors are also filled with various advantages. Normally, they are easy to install, user-friendly, ease of use and does not require any specialist skills to maintain these devices. Furthermore, Installation of the majority of hosted hypervisors is similar to that of a windows application and therefore can be considered intuitive.

Comparing the features and benefits, adopting the best technology is always easy, but finding the right solutions that suit the requirements of the organization is the right way of doing it.