Linux Foundation May Soon Launch its Own Virtual Machine Monitoring Software

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The Linux Foundation announced it will host the Cloud Hypervisor project, which delivers a virtual machine monitor for modern cloud workloads.

Written in Rust with a strong focus on security, its features include CPU, memory and device hot plug; support for running Windows and Linux guests; device offload with vhost-user; and a minimal and compact footprint.

In an official announcement, the Foundation said the project is supported by Alibaba, ARM, ByteDance, Intel and Microsoft and many others. The focus of the project will initially be on security and modern operation for the cloud.

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

“Modern cloud workloads require better security, and the Cloud Hypervisor project is intentionally designed to focus on this critical area,” said Mike Dolan, senior vice president and general manager of Projects at the Linux Foundation.

K.Y Srinivasan, Advisory Board member from Microsoft adds: “Cloud Hypervisor has matured to the point that moving it to the Linux Foundation is the right move at the right time. As LF continues to standardize key components of the software stack for managing/orchestrating modern workloads, we feel that the Cloud Hypervisor will be an important part of the overall stack. Being part of LF will help us accelerate development and adoption of this key technology.”

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