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Definition: client-side hypervisor


A client-side hypervisor is a virtual machine monitor (VMM) that resides in and virtualizes a user's computer (see client virtualization).

Type 1 hypervisors are the computer's master control program. This traditional monitor architecture creates a separate environment for each guest OS (see virtual machine and virtual machine monitor).
 Type 1
 Guest OS -> Hypervisor -> Hardware


Type 2 hypervisors use the OS already in the computer and create a runtime environment for the guest operating systems.
 Type 2
 Guest OS -> Hypervisor -> OS -> Hardware