Support Hardware Virtualization

Posted July 22, 2013 8.4k views
Will Droplets ever support hardware virtualization? I'm currently using Virtual Box to host another VM (Windows) within my Droplet. However, I can't take advantage of my Droplet's multiple cores without hardware virtualization being enabled. See for more information. This seems to be a BIOS level issue.

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You should vote for this capability in DigitalOcean's Customer Feedback forum Enable nested KVM


Just came across this question.

Currently, DigitalOcean Droplets support KVM or nested virtualization in all regions. But it is not really recommended on the platform because there is often very poor performance.

Instead, containerization is normally the better option.

To check if this is enabled on your Droplet you could run the following command:

  • cat /sys/module/kvm_intel/parameters/nested

If this is enabled, you will see the following output: