What is KVM?
Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It allows for the creation and management of virtual machines (VMs) on the host operating system.
KVM consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure. It also includes a processor-specific module, either kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko, depending on the hardware in use.
With KVM, each VM is a regular Linux process, scheduled and managed by the kernel. The VMs have private virtualized hardware, like a network card or disk, allowing them to run different operating systems simultaneously on the same hardware.
How to monitor KVM hosts?
ServicePilot makes it easy to monitor KVM hosts by simply adding the provided script on the target Linux machine. A corresponding resource of the server-kvm package then needs to be added via the ServicePilot web interface to receive information sent by the script.
The monitoring statistics gathered in this way include:
CPU and Memoryutilization
Interfacestatus and utilization
How to install a kvm resource?
- Use your ServicePilot OnPremise installation or a SaaS account.
- Add a new kvm resource via the web interface (
/prmresources) or via API (
/prmpackagespage), the default ServicePilot agent or another agent will be provisioned automatically.
Details of the kvm package are located in the
/prmpackagespage of the software.
ServicePilot enables you to deliver IT services faster and more securely with automated discovery and advanced monitoring features.
By correlating the technology KVM with APM and infrastructure monitoring, ServicePilot is able to provide a more comprehensive view of an organization's IT environment.
This allows IT teams to quickly identify and diagnose issues that may be impacting application performance, and take corrective action before end-users are affected.