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Host virtual machine

(also host VM)

Host virtual machine definition

A host virtual machine is the hardware supplying computing resources for a guest virtual machine (VM), managed by programs called hypervisors. A host VM may exist as part of one physical machine or use the combined resources of several.

Real host virtual machine examples

VMware ESXi/vSphere is one of the leading hypervisors on the market, with both free and commercial versions available.

Virtual Box is a free virtual machine app for high-performance virtualization on the host device.