Compare IBM PowerVM vs. KVM

IBM PowerVM is ranked 11th in Server Virtualization Software with 6 reviews while KVM is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews. IBM PowerVM is rated 8.6, while KVM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM PowerVM writes "A stable solution that offers good control over hardware resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of KVM writes "Good performance, but better management features and integration are needed". IBM PowerVM is most compared with VMware vSphere, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Oracle VM and Hyper-V, whereas KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM and Odin Virtuozzo Containers. See our IBM PowerVM vs. KVM report.
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The case fileserver on the web server is the most valuable feature.The most valuable feature is the flexibility in terms of managing the hardware resources such as RAM, CPU, and the network.It's in English, so its exceptional qualities make the control environment more flexible, easier, more stable, and easy to recover after issues.The stability is the most valuable aspect of this solution. IBM is the most powerful and stable platform.The feature that I like most is the versatility.What I like about this solution, is that it is easy to configure.

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The KVM service is well managed with a central policy interface.The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before.I like that this is an open-source solution. It is very powerful, and it's easy.Scaling the solution is easy. You just have to add more hardware.Our production servers are running in Linux, and this solution supports that environment well.I find the density of the product most valuable. It is density that a technologist can just assign page merging. This is what makes KVM one of the important players of the virtualization market.The initial setup was simple.It is an open ecosystem, and we see there is a benefit in open-source solutions.

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The performance should be improved.The interface is not user-friendly in places, so it could use some improvement.I would like for IBM to be more focuses on the cloud.To make it a ten, I would like for them to add automation and configuration tools in order to help use the manager.Any improvements that can be made in the interface will go a long way to helping us work better.The program has very limited solutions for the virtualization of containers

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The initial setup of this solution is more difficult than some of the competing products and it could be improved.Business continuity features need to be added.The virtual manager and the graphical QEMU for KVM need some improvement.The solution should be more user friendly. We are struggling with the command lines.Support for VF is needed, where you can, for example, export from VMware to KVM.The stability of this solution is less than other products in the same category.The KVM tech support is really bad. They are not very responsive.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.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The price varies from case to case and you have to negotiate it for every project.

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This solution is an open-source, free platform with paid support.This solution came with the Linux license.It is cheaper than other solutions out there on the market.It is cheaper than other competitors like VMware or Hyper-V.

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Power is server virtualization without limits. Businesses are turning to PowerVM server virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko.
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Sto, Soitec, SNO, Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Al Mansour Holding, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Huhtamaki, ELK Group, IT-Informatik, Arkansas Tech University, PneuhageMediaWiki, Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikidata, Wikiversity, Commons
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Media Company9%
Government7%
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Computer Software Company41%
Comms Service Provider17%
Media Company7%
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