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Can I use a droplet to create linux KVMs while building a VM management app?

Posted March 2, 2016 4.4k views
Linux Basics

I’m new to KVM, but I read that KVM requires a processor with hardware virtualization extension.

Do DigitalOcean’s droplets have this support for KVMs? I’d like to spin up multiple KVMs on a droplet, stress them in different ways, and have a dashboard that illustrates the various KVM CPU, storage, and networking metrics.

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  • Okay. I figured performance might not be great, but I was looking for a way to have a test bed where I could fire up several KVMs to test my VM management app.

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DigitalOcean droplets are KVM based machines. While it may be possible to run a KVM instance inside a droplet (I know it is possible to run a Virtualbox VM) the performance can be expected to be quite poor as is usually the case with nested virtualization.

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