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SmartOS includes the Bhyve virtual machine manager, originally ported from FreeBSD. Bhyve supports most Intel and AMD processors for running hardware based virtual machines.

Bhyve offers a number of advantages over KVM, among them:

  • Better tracking of, and integration wth, upstream FreeBSD
  • Higher performance for CPU, and I/O operations (including disk and network I/O).
  • Lower overhead, resulting in lower host CPU utilization while guests are idle.

Bhyve is fully supported and production ready.