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Oracle VM Implementation and Administration Guide by Edward Whalen

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Hardware Virtualization vs. Paravirtualization

Both hardware-assisted software virtualization and paravirtualization have benefits and drawbacks. With the recent changes in hardware, the software and the technology are changing at a rapid pace.

Currently there are three major types of virtualization: full software, hardware-assisted software, and paravirtualization. Full software virtualization and hardware-assisted software virtualization are very similar as no additional coding or configuration is required (except perhaps to enable virtualization in the BIOS). The main comparison, therefore, really falls between hardware-assisted software virtualization and paravirtualization.

Virtualization Changes Are Happening Rapidly

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