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"Proxmox allows us to achieve affordable performance while keeping high levels of data protection and flexibility.""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)."

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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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"This solution needs a more flexible and efficient backup solution in the dashboard.""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.)"

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

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"Proxmox is free software, but if you prefer the support and a more rested repository then you can pay for it.""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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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: I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.
Top Answer: The price should be reduced. Visio stencils must be made available for technical documentation.
Top Answer: Our primary use case for VMware Workstation is testing. We also provide some online services on VMware ESXi.
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Proxmox VE is a complete virtualization management solution for servers.

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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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
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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider45%
Computer Software Company16%
Media Company5%
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company22%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
Small Business83%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise10%
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise33%
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Proxmox VE is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 20 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop with 2 reviews. Proxmox VE is rated 8.6, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.0. 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 Workstation writes "Great for testing and solving connection problems". Proxmox VE is most compared with Hyper-V, KVM, Citrix Hypervisor, Oracle VM VirtualBox and IBM PowerVM, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, Hyper-V, KVM and Oracle VM VirtualBox.

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