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The Linux Foundation is launching its own virtual machine monitoring software

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The Linux Foundation is launching its own virtual machine monitoring software, backed by some of the world’s biggest technology players. 

In an official announcement, the Foundation said it would host the Cloud Hypervisor project, delivering a Virtual Machine Monitor for modern cloud workloads.

The software is written in Rust, with a “strong focus” on security. Its features include CPU, memory and device hot plug, support for running both Windows and Linux guests, device offload with vhost-user, and a “minimal and compact” footprint.

Major backing

Among the backers of the project are Alibaba, ARM, Intel, and Microsoft. Its founding members include Arjan van de Ven (Fellow at Intel)  K. Y Srinivasan (Distinguished Engineer and VP at Microsoft), and Felix Zhang (Senior Software Engineer at ByteDance).

The foundation said the focus of the project will initially be security and modern operation for the cloud. 

“Cloud Hypervisor has grown to the point of moving to the neutral governance of The Linux Foundation,” van de Ven said. “We created the project to provide a more secure and updated VMM to optimize for modern cloud workloads. With fewer device models and a modern, more secure language, Cloud Hypervisor offers security and performance-optimized for today’s cloud needs.”

Virtual server availability essential

The availability of virtual servers has become a high priority for many businesses, lately. As a result, the use of virtual machine monitoring is on the rise. These tools provide valuable metric data, allowing businesses to keep track of their virtual machine servers and their guest virtual machines, making sure their performance is on optimal levels at all times.

Performance issues on machines hosting multiple virtual machines will affect both the physical server, as well as all of the VMs and their applications. Thus, performance monitoring and virtual environment health are essential for any business that’s building hybrid environments for running virtual, cloud, and on-premises infrastructure for their workloads.

For Mike Dolan, senior VP and general manager of projects at the Linux Foundation, security is a major pain point the community is trying to solve, and the Foundation is eager to support the project, going forward:

“Modern cloud workloads require better security, and the Cloud Hypervisor project is intentionally designed to focus on this critical area,” Dolan said. “We’re looking forward to supporting this project community, both as it begins to build and to put the proper governance structures in place to sustain it for years to come.”