Compare Proxmox VE vs. VMware vSphere

Proxmox VE is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 81 reviews. Proxmox VE is rated 8.8, while VMware vSphere is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Proxmox VE writes "Switched from Citrix XEN and EMC VMWare: No downtime when node needs service but web interface could be simplified". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "Makes Resources Available & Services More Reliable". Proxmox VE is most compared with XenServer, VMware vSphere and Hyper-V, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE and Nutanix Acropolis. See our Proxmox VE vs. VMware vSphere report.
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Pros
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.The solution's compatibility is very good with multiple operating systems. The moving systems are very good and migration is excellent. These are the most valuable features for us.Proxmox allows us to achieve affordable performance while keeping high levels of data protection and flexibility.It is easier to balance loads across hypervisors if a given container or virtual machine uses more resources than its peers.

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It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages.We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance.Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.The most valuable feature is vSAN, as it reduces the cost of SAN storage and maintenance.We are able to create virtual machines and move them from one host to another, controlling the resources.The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments.

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Cons
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.The solution should include some features that can help with converting raw files into different formats. It should offer better management around raw files.This solution needs a more flexible and efficient backup solution in the dashboard.It would be nice to have total CPU and RAM allocations show for all VMs/CTs to avoid overloading an individual hypervisor.

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Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement.It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager.Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client.I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.Reporting on vCenter needs to be improved.Generally, the user interface needs to be improved for non-technical people.Two improvements that I would like to see are higher resolution console modes for guests and easier switching between consoles.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.The price is high, but you get back a lot.Our ROI is good.There is an average performance boost, especially if you use VM encryption inside the VMware with another product, like McAfee. You will see great improvement in these cases.The licensing fees are on a yearly basis.VMware does provide organizations with discounts. The customer service license fee we got discounts on from the supplier in order for us to get the best out of the license fees. That's our experience. We possibly paid less than our partner company. The partner is only local and not global like our firm.The pricing is a bit complex.

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Answers from the Community
Rafael Cantos
author avatarHiten Yadav
User

This is with reference to your email if you technically compared, Proxmox is new in the market and it is easy to manage but as far as support concerned I would suggest buying standard Proxmox support if it is a new installation. As you are aware, VMware is too costly in terms of license.

To summarize, Proxmox is easy to manage and better. Kindly find some Authorized Proxmox partner in your country and get initial support.

author avatarCostin "Ben" Lixandru
Consultant

In my experience, Proxmox is a very good product, comparable with VMware. We can argue about VMware being fancy and popular these days but PM does the job for a fraction of the cost. Just get some reasonable hardware to get started and see for yourself.

author avatarVascoCampos
Real User

Hi! For me the biggest impact is the cost of licensing in the case of VMware despite its overall intuitiveness and ease of handling and management. However, KVM-based Open Source solutions are becoming easier to manage as well, a prime example is Proxmox, which has been gradually growing, and has always provided free resources that are quite expensive on VMware. I really think that anyone who has never started this subject should start with Proxmox to avoid gaining more expensive habits: D
A big hug and happy holidays.

author avatarRicardo Colorado
User

If you have strong knowledge of Linux, Proxmox is the best solution, but you should have a strong Linux expertise. You can also add some georedundancy solution like LINBIT, it depends on what you need. How many servers do you want to migrate? are you looking for an HA solution or just VM solution?

author avatarAtul Mundada
User

We are using VMware from the last 10+ years and do now have exposure on Promox VE.

We have downloaded it to evaluate and compare.

author avatarMartin Andrews
Real User

ive been testing proxmox its very similar to vsphere server layout only difference i see is the pricing one is free and the vmware cost

author avatarGeorges ESSOMBA
Real User

I don't have experience with Proxmox but since it uses KVM and brings with great improvements, I propose you to use the comparison between VMware vSphere and KVM. And the KVM advantages are that you add those powered by the whole Proxmox features portfolio.

author avatarPrideChieza
Real User

I really can’t really comment on Proxmox as I have not worked with it before but I can share on VMware ESXI 6.7.

We have been using VMware Esxi for 7 years I can say this has been the best hypervisor for us since we use VMware and Veeam for all our replication, backups and VMotion for migrating our servers from one host to the other in realtime without affecting any currently running operations.

We find our operations being smooth and more efficient on VMware ESXi 6.7 hypervisor and I can say it’s a very stable platform for us and I would highly recommend it in any organization. The most benefits that come with VMware ESXI 6.7 is that it supports all 2019 OS versions like Windows server 2019 which was not supported in the previous version. We also noticed an increase in vCenter access and performance which was a plus for us when using VMware ESXI 6.7 compared to the previous 6.5 version.

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Proxmox VE is a complete virtualization management solution for servers.

VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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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 AGAbu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
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