(The Hosting News) – Linode, a leading cloud-hosting provider, celebrated its 12th birthday today by announcing the availability of KVM-powered Linodes. The free upgrade significantly accelerates server performance, accommodates alternate operating system, and improves boot times.
KVM (in tandem with QEMU) is an alternative to the popular Xen virtualization software that Linode has been using since 2008. KVM has far less overhead, thereby improving virtual machine performance. For example, a 2GB Xen Linode yielded UnixBench scores of 800 compared to a 2GB KVM Linode that yielded scores exceeding 2400, a three-fold performance improvement.