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Virtual Machine (VM)

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

VM

Definition(s):

  A simulated environment created by virtualization.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-125 under Virtual machine (VM)
NIST SP 800-190 under Virtual machine (NIST SP 800-125)

  Software that allows a single host to run one or more guest operating systems.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-115

  A software-defined complete execution stack consisting of virtualized hardware, operating system (guest OS), and applications.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-125A