KVM Review

Provides a freedom that you do not have with other solutions on the market


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use for this product is server virtualization.

What is most valuable?

There is a lot of value with an open source solution because you have some freedom of changing how the system behaves and looks because it's open source. You can modify to your requirements which you cannot really do with VMware.

What needs improvement?

The management of the whole system, could be improved. VMware is better on the management tools, for example, Red Hat is when it comes to the KVM.

In addition, we would like to have a software lifecycle solution included in this solution. We can handle the software needed for KVM, but also the software that we provide. A lifecycle component would be very beneficial.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a verty stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have over 1000 users using the solution currently. 

How is customer service and technical support?

If I were to rate the technical support on a scale of one to five, I would give it a four. We received good support and there is an on-site presence, as well. 

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously used VMware but switched to KVM because it is an open ecosystem and we see there is a benefit in open source solutions.

How was the initial setup?

It's very straightforward because there are a lot of examples of how to use it. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is cheaper than other solutions out there on the market.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Red Hat, SUSE, Canonical(Ubuntu), and other Linux providers.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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