KVM Competitors and Alternatives

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Matias Sundman
Real User
System Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 13 2018

What is most valuable?

A big strength with KVM is that it is an open-source component. It gets improvements from Intel, for example, and the other semiconductors. It can be sized-down to a very small package. It can be used in embedded systems as well, so it has a very good performance and it is suitable from embedded IT… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a separation, so you could have KVM running in a few cores, and then you could have a real-time operating system running another core, so there is a hybrid environment with real time operating systems and Linux.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is cheaper than other competitors like VMware or Hyper-V.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared KVM vs VMware and did a proof-of-concept, but we decided that KVM was best suited for our needs when it came to device drivers, etc. We also considered Oracle and RedHat.
Matias Sundman
Real User
System Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 09 2019

What is most valuable?

There is a lot of value with an open source solution because you have some freedom of changing how the system behaves and looks because it's open source. You can modify to your requirements which you cannot really do with VMware.

What needs improvement?

The management of the whole system, could be improved. VMware is better on the management tools, for example, Red Hat is when it comes to the KVM. In addition, we would like to have a software lifecycle solution included in this solution… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is cheaper than other solutions out there on the market.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used VMware but switched to KVM because it is an open ecosystem and we see there is a benefit in open source solutions.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Red Hat, SUSE, Canonical(Ubuntu), and other Linux providers.
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