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Pros
"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 KVM service is well managed with a central policy interface.""If you prefer command-line, there are all kinds of command-line options.""It is easy to use, stable, and flexible. It is a pretty mature product, and it is faster than VirtualBox.""The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before.""This solution is open source and easy to configure."

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"I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.""Great at solving connection problems."

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Cons
"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.""The initial setup of this solution is more difficult than some of the competing products and it could be improved.""One thing that maybe could be improved is making it easier to scale. It needs to be more clear on how to scale the storage space for virtual machines.""Its resource usage can be improved.""Business continuity features need to be added.""There are some issues with the graphics and some software that is very complex."

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"The price should be reduced.""Performance could be improved, it's somewhat clunky."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution is an open-source, free platform with paid support.""It is free for everyone.""The price is fair compared to others. But in our local market, it's a problem to get budget approval from management. That's why they are trying to get those products so we can give them the price benefit. But if you consider the international market or other products, it's sometimes better than their price."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and supports a wider range of hardware and, also, you can implement at ZERO cost and with a very powerful web interface for management, from… more »
Top Answer: Small support team, small cluster, low core count, use VMware products Large support team, large clusters with many cores, use KVM. KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and… more »
Top Answer: Far from being an expert, my opinion is that the positive sides of KVM are: Lower costs and open-source which gives the abilities to customize it according to the specific needs of each customer.
Top Answer: Great at solving connection problems.
Top Answer: I think that performance could be improved by making it more effective and less resource consuming. It's a little clunky.
Top Answer: The primary use case of this product is to connect to my virtual interpreter of VMs and the like. In the event of an emergency, or if the user wants to deploy a VM on his own virtual system… 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.
VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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Energy/Utilities Company29%
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Financial Services Firm14%
Computer Software Company14%
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Computer Software Company25%
Government5%
Media Company5%
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Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise29%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise33%
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KVM is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 10 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews. KVM is rated 7.8, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of KVM writes "Stable, easy to set up, and very easy to use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Great for testing and solving connection problems". KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, Hyper-V, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and Proxmox VE.

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