Virtual Machine

A virtual machine, or VM, is a self-contained virtualization of an operating system.

VMs provide straightforward provisioning, high availability, and maintainability. DigitalOcean Droplets are Linux VMs.

There are two types of VM:

  • A process virtual machine, or process VM, is a platform-independent environment which allows users to run multiple separate computer architectures or operating systems within one hardware.

  • A system virtual machine, or system VM, is a fully-virtualized VM of a real machine, where the VM includes an entire operating system (OS).

Virtual Machine Articles

Persist a hostname through reboots and stopping or starting your instance with a static hostname.
Create manual and automatic backups of your compute machines.
Use the Droplet Console from a web browser to connect to Droplets for native-like terminal access to your remote server.