Compare KVM vs. Proxmox VE

KVM is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews while Proxmox VE is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 12 reviews. KVM is rated 7.8, while Proxmox VE 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 Proxmox VE writes "Easy to use and supports multi-monitors on multiple VMs in KVM". KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas Proxmox VE is most compared with Citrix Hypervisor, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM VirtualBox and RHEV. See our KVM vs. Proxmox VE report.
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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 feature that I have found most valuable is that its storage container, LVM, and everything else work out of the box.Less infrastructure required; simple to use.Ease of use, HA, internal 100gbps Virtio network, built-in backup (don't pay $1200 Veeam licence), support for multi-monitors on multiple VMs in KVM, no need to RDP in the VMs to do your stuff (Win, Linux and Mac with SPICE and using 6 screens here (11520*2160).The initial setup was really straightforward and easy.The most valuable feature of this solution is migration.The solution is easy to install. It can run on a lot of different types of hardware. Creating virtual machines with it is really easy.The solution allows for easy integrations.The most valuable feature of this solution is performance.

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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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It could have more security updates such as when a new threat is coming into market.Lacking in enterprise features.The Windows drivers could be easier (unlike manually installing Ballon, QEMU and optionally SPICE, VIRTio, etc.)The virtualization can be better.If this solution could import directly from OVS format then it would make migration much easier.We had some challenges with management including volume and storage management. Setting it up properly and making it work, specifically shared storage between the virtual machines, is difficult.The solution needs a better billing system.I would like to see more monitoring in the next release of this solution.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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Zero - this is a free solution.Proxmox is free software, but if you prefer the support and a more rested repository then you can pay for it.An excellent choice for budget sensitive operations.​The cost is excellent.

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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.

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MediaWiki, Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikidata, Wikiversity, Commons Municipality of Trento, SwitchMIA, inDenova, Valmeita City Council, Alpha IT AS, Grupo Inversor Veracruzano S.A.P.I. de C.V. (GRIVER), Laut und Schoen, IT-Services - Hamburg e.K., KMI Learning, Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd., Serwise AG
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Software R&D Company41%
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Media Company8%
Government6%
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Media Company10%
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