What is the difference between a Container and a Virtual Machine?

We need to select an Operating System (OS) to get a specific Virtual Machine (VM). VM provides full OS to an application for running in a virtualized environment.

A Container uses APIs of an Operating System (OS) to provide runtime environment to an application.

A Container is very lightweight in comparison with a VM.

VM provides higher level of security compared to a Container.

A Container just provides the APIs that are required by the application.

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