Hypervisors vs. Lightweight Virtualization: a Performance Comparison

Hypervisors vs. Lightweight Virtualization: a Performance Comparison

Virtualization of operating systems provides a common way to run different services in the cloud. Recently, the lightweight virtualization technologies claim to offer superior performance. In this paper, we present a detailed performance comparison of traditional hypervisor based virtualization and new lightweight solutions. In our measurements, we use several benchmarks tools in order to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and anomalies introduced by these different platforms in terms of processing, storage, memory and network. Our results show that containers achieve generally better performance when compared with traditional virtual machines and other recent solutions. Albeit containers offer clearly more dense deployment of virtual machines, the performance difference with other technologies is in many cases relatively small.

Tech Talk, Roberto Morabito, Ericsson, Jan 2015. Ericsson Research (Cloud) Tech Talk. Presentation given from Jorvas (Finland). Other participants have attended in video conference from the other Ericsson Research Centers

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