KVM VS OpenVZ

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  1. EzzyTech Networks

    EzzyTech Networks New Member

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    Which one is better in technical issue?
     
  2. AppDistrict

    AppDistrict New Member

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    I'd say it depends - for most cases I'd suggest KVM as you have full OS with kernel so:

    • you may have best fitting version for guest OS 
    • any custom module or patch without asking provider,
    • ability to go beyond Linux (e.g. BSD, Windows)
    • better isolation/security - of course hypervisors might also contain bugs but with shared kernel any serous kernel bug is enough to break isolatio

    Also there are more benefits: no problem with systems that require low level access (like Docker, which require special OVZ settings, and works out of the box on KVM), more guarantees on resources, access to VNC console (not only the text one) etc.


    On the other hand OpenVZ have less overhead as it's container running only user-land part so it might be bettor for really low specs VPS (like below 512 MB of RAM). But I'll stick with full virtualization - especially if you need new OS version as guest. I've no expierience with OpenVZ/Virtuozzo  7, legacy OpenVZ - but for container part most of the above would be still correct (except for newer kernel version).
     
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  3. vpsfast

    vpsfast New Member

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    OpenVZ is a lighter system and a cheaper option for those who do not have a lot of requirements. In my opinion is one less than the KVM system that is more complete and can run your own kernel having their dedicated resources isolated from other VMs. Unlike the OpenVZ sharing server resources dedicated to other VMs.
     
  4. tmzVPS-Daniel

    tmzVPS-Daniel New Member Verified Provider

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    Really depends what you are doing with it. If OpenVZ could do what you want it to do, then go with that. If it can't then your only option is KVM/Xen. 


    - Daniel :)
     
  5. risharde

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    I agree with the guys on this, it depends on what you want to do...


    Believe it or not, it seems most people seem to like KVM because the resources seem to be more dedicated to them and because it seems to have better isolation.


    While many don't prefer OpenVZ, I use it alot for the following reason:


    Boot time is much faster since it seems that OpenVZ shares part of the host (I think it shares the kernel but I'm no expert so don't quote me on this)


    OpenVZ packages seem to be a lot cheaper than KVM (for obvious reasons)


    I could be wrong but I think there are firewalling challenges that occur with OpenVZ (I'm not sure if this is fixed) but I remember someone saying that iptables can act differently on OpenVZ, maybe one of the guys who run host servers on a daily basis could explain that or clear our heads on if this is true or not.


    I also read that its a little safer to run KVM because its a little harder for someone to access your files from the host node. I know its pretty easy for the host node to have a look at your OpenVZ files. 


    That's all I can think up at the moment
     
  6. OnACloud

    OnACloud New Member Verified Provider

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    You would be correct, We opt to use KVM due to the handling of resources by the Hypervisor that gets passed onto the Virtual Machines are more responsive compared to OpenVZ.


    You will also find if you do some further research there was a lot of security issues with the OpenVZ platform also, which has added to the preference of using KVM by many.


    Tom