KVM Pros and Cons

KVM Pros

Software512a
Software Architect with 501-1,000 employees
I find the density of the product most valuable. It is density that a technologist can just assign page merging. This is what makes KVM one of the important players of the virtualization market.
The initial setup was simple.
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Matias Sundman
System Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
I think nine out of the ten supercomputers in the world use Linux KVM, so I think that attests to the fact that it is a scalable product.
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Matias Sundman
System Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
It is an open ecosystem, and we see there is a benefit in open-source solutions.
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reviewer849252
System Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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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KVM Cons

Software512a
Software Architect with 501-1,000 employees
The stability of this solution is less than other products in the same category.
The KVM tech support is really bad. They are not very responsive.
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Matias Sundman
System Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Technical support is not top-notch.
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Matias Sundman
System Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
We would like to have a software lifecycle solution included in this solution. We can handle the software needed for KVM, but also the software that we provide. A lifecycle component would be very beneficial.
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reviewer849252
System Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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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