Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences (MS)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. School of Computing

First Advisor

Dr. Sanjay Ahuja

Second Advisor

Dr. Roger Eggen

Third Advisor

Dr. Zornitza Prodanoff

Department Chair

Dr. Asai Asaithambi

College Dean

Dr. Mark A. Tumeo


The virtualization of IT infrastructure enables the consolidation and pooling of IT resources so that they can be shared over diverse applications to offset the limitation of shrinking resources and growing business needs. Virtualization provides a logical abstraction of physical computing resources and creates computing environments that are not restricted by physical configuration or implementation. Virtualization is very important for cloud computing because the delivery of services is simplified by providing a platform for optimizing complex IT resources in a scalable manner, which makes cloud computing more cost effective.

Hypervisor plays an important role in the virtualization of hardware. It is a piece of software that provides a virtualized hardware environment to support running multiple operating systems concurrently using one physical server. Cloud computing has to support multiple operating environments and Hypervisor is the ideal delivery mechanism.

The intent of this thesis is to quantitatively and qualitatively compare the performance of VMware ESXi 4.1, Citrix Systems Xen Server 5.6 and Ubuntu 11.04 Server KVM Hypervisors using standard benchmark SPECvirt_sc2010v1.01 formulated by Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) under various workloads simulating real life situations.