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"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.""The most valuable feature of this solution is performance.""The solution allows for easy integrations.""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 most valuable feature of this solution is migration.""The initial setup was really straightforward and easy.""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).""Less infrastructure required; simple to use."

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"The most valuable feature is vSAN, as it reduces the cost of SAN storage and maintenance.""Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.""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.""It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.""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.""The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.""The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.""Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good."

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"The solution should include some features that can help with converting raw files into different formats. It should offer better management around raw files.""I would like to see more monitoring in the next release of this solution.""The solution needs a better billing system.""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.""If this solution could import directly from OVS format then it would make migration much easier.""The virtualization can be better.""The Windows drivers could be easier (unlike manually installing Ballon, QEMU and optionally SPICE, VIRTio, etc.)""Lacking in enterprise features."

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"Reporting on vCenter needs to be improved.""I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.""It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager.""Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement.""I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.""I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI.""The ability to run ARM based VMs on an x86 platform for testing purposes. With the growing use of SBCs running on ARM architectures for IoT devices, it would be very useful if developers could build and deploy VMs running operating systems like Raspbian used on Raspberry Pi devices on their existing x86 ESXi environments. Even if this is not possible through some form of emulation, the ability to add ARM hypervisors to vSphere environments would be very useful. This will enable more rapid development cycles for customers just getting started with IoT but already existing vSphere users.""OS templates should be readily available, so there is no need to get an OS separately. Only the activation part should be different, which is not presently available due to the need to get the OS from a different location, then create VMs."

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"Zero - this is a free solution.""The only thing you pay for is support and it is between $2,500 and $3,000 a year. It depends on the support plan you choose. Support is optional.""I am not aware of the licensing cost, but there is a cost for support.""It's an open-source solution that can be used free of cost."

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"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 license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.""Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure.""You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper.""It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services.""VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It has a good performance and you can cluster it.
Top Answer: For the price, performance is going to be the first takeaway we can offer to our customers.
Top Answer: For now, we're planning to migrate to another solution because there seems to be a lot of backups that we have set up. We have reviewed Proxmox VE but we want to focus more on our customers. In fact… more »
Top Answer: DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU has to be activated at the bios level. It exists on Intel and AMD platforms. It is used a lot inside virtualization platforms like VMware VSphere. It… more »
Top Answer: We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux and Windows. For us, VMware does not offer any advantage. Moreover, KVM is free.
Top Answer: Acropolis in itself is no product.  Do we speak AOS or AHV Ort both? AOS is the intelligence on Top of a hypervisor making AHV Or Vsphere an HCI Solution. AHV is Nutanix own hypervisor managed… more »
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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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Sample Customers
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
Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider45%
Computer Software Company16%
Government7%
Media Company5%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Manufacturing Company7%
Retailer7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business81%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise10%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise46%
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise51%
Find out what your peers are saying about Proxmox VE vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
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Proxmox VE is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 21 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 8.8. The top reviewer of Proxmox VE writes "Rivaling the stiffest and competition in its category this solution suffers only from being young". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Proxmox VE is most compared with Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Citrix Hypervisor and Nutanix AHV, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, VMware Workstation, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Hyper-V and Oracle VM. See our Proxmox VE vs. VMware vSphere report.

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