KVM vs. XenServer

KVM is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 2 reviews vs XenServer which is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 2 reviews. The top reviewer of KVM writes "A very reliable solution which can be used for x86 architecture virtualization with reasonable overhead". The top reviewer of XenServer writes "Most people know VMWare and Hyper-V. XenServer fits right in the middle". KVM is most compared with vSphere, Hyper-V and XenServer. XenServer is most compared with Proxmox VE, vSphere and KVM.
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Pros
KVM has a rich options set which can be directly used or via wrappers, such as libvirt.If you are a Linux desktop user, KVM is the solution to go with if you have to start virtual machines with Linux or other operating systems with almost zero extra configuration needed.A very reliable solution which can be used for x86 architecture virtualization with reasonable overhead.

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We find there are good central maintenance and central management panels.

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The only negative aspect of needing hardware support is a fully functional KVM can be dropped. It would be nice if the support for other platforms, like ARM or Risk, were as good as the x86 one. However, with the democratization of Chromebooks based on these chips and mobile devices, it will not take long for that to happen.

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It needs improvement with the security features.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
​It is free and can be run from your laptop, if needed, unlike VMware.​

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The pricing and licensing is so important. Customers do consider the price seriously.

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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.

Citrix XenServer is an open source virtualization platform that manages server, desktop and cloud virtual infrastructures. XenServer is straightforward and quick to install. Even the most demanding workloads and automated management processes can take just a couple of minutes to virtualize. XenServer lowers IT costs and increases IT agility and flexibility.

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Manufacturing Company
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Large Enterprise
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