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"I think nine out of the ten supercomputers in the world use Linux KVM, so I think that attests to the fact that it is a scalable product.""It is an open ecosystem, and we see there is a benefit in open-source solutions.""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.""Our production servers are running in Linux, and this solution supports that environment well.""Scaling the solution is easy. You just have to add more hardware.""I like that this is an open-source solution. It is very powerful, and it's easy.""The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before."

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"The interface is very good, and quite user-friendly.""Nutanix is good for new implementations on the VM side. It's very good for disaster recovery and final storage.""In terms of features, Acropolis is a good virtualization manager and that it is on-premise. I use almost every technology they provide.""The most valuable feature is the integration between storage and compute services.""Nutanix AHV is very scalable. It can go to unlimited nodes.""It has a vs switch for the people who know Linux, in case it's easier for them to use AHV than it is to use VMware.""This solution is very stable and it has been running for the last three months, with no issues.""Simplicity is the most valuable feature."

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"Technical support is not top-notch.""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.""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.""Support for VF is needed, where you can, for example, export from VMware to KVM.""The solution should be more user friendly. We are struggling with the command lines.""The virtual manager and the graphical QEMU for KVM need some improvement.""Business continuity features need to be added."

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"The technical support for this solution needs to be improved in terms of response time.""The solution should work to improve its stability.""Lacks integration with the cloud or other solutions.""In the next release of this solution, I would like to see support for containerization.""There is no web interface for AHV.""There is no web interface with AHV.""In terms of improvement, I think that they could have more partnerships with providers.""When we need to share, publish, or encrypt something, we still need to perform it using the command line."

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

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is that there is no licensing fee.""AHV is free, it's an open-source solution.""Some of the features required additional licenses.""We don't have to pay extra for Acropolis because it is built into Nutanix."

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Top Answer: Hi Jacek! I am a multi platform user in virtual world and I can say that KVM is more and more used. It is powerful and flexible. Almost all datacentres are using it. When I mean flexible, I mean in… more »
Top Answer: The KVM service is well managed with a central policy interface.
Top Answer: The initial setup of this solution is more difficult than some of the competing products and it could be improved. I would like to be able to see virtual networking integrated with the virtual… more »
Top Answer: Simplicity is the most valuable feature.
Top Answer: Some of the features required additional licenses.
Top Answer: There are some activities that need to be done by the GUI, but can't. The users should not be aware of this, only the engineers who are involved with the move of the system, sharing or… more »
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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.

Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications.

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Find out what your peers are saying about KVM vs. Nutanix AHV and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
448,076 professionals have used our research since 2012.

KVM is ranked 4th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews while Nutanix AHV is ranked 9th in Server Virtualization Software with 11 reviews. KVM is rated 7.8, while Nutanix AHV is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of KVM writes "Good performance, but better management features and integration are needed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix AHV writes "User-friendly interface and no licensing fees, but technical support needs to be improved". KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM and Odin Virtuozzo Containers, whereas Nutanix AHV is most compared with Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox, RHEV and VMware vSphere. See our KVM vs. Nutanix AHV report.

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