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Chris Thibeau
Real User
Technical Support Analyst at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 09 2018

What is most valuable?

The template option allows us to build a desktop in a VM, then quickly deploy as a linked clone. The hard drive file on the template is used (read-only), then all changes are saved in a separate hard drive file. It is like deploying a new VM based on snapshots.

How has it helped my organization?

By implementing Proxmox, we now have the ability to quickly build and deploy VM desktops for application testing with the snapshot ability to rollback, as required. Saves a lot of time compared to imaging physical desktops. The web interface is quick to learn for techs to deploy VMs based on templates, as required.

What needs improvement?

Some of the more advanced features and options required for setup still need to use the console and hand edit config files.
Consultant
Founder at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 21 2016

What is most valuable?

It's a solid, stable and powerful open source virtualisation product that has allowed us to bring virtualisation to smaller SMBs at an affordable price.

How has it helped my organization?

All our client servers are now virtualised, which has reduced the risk of downtime due to a server failure that used to happen with non-virtualised servers. Servers can be… more»

What needs improvement?

Storage IO management seems the weakest link although this could be hardware related. On decent servers this is not an issue but on smaller custom built servers we have… more»

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

It's open source and provided one has enough experience with Linux and servers it doesn’t cost much other than time to become an expert in the product.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also looked at VMware. Our perception is that this is a superior product but that is subjective as it is not mainstream.

What other advice do I have?

It's well worth using. It's highly recommended and we have had no issues.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at VMware.
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Consultant
IT Administrator at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Jan 30 2013

What do you think of Proxmox VE?

With respect to some of the cons, Proxmox VE performs well enough with Windows if you use KVM's virtio devices in lieu of emulated hardware. However, the freely available virtio drivers are not WHQL-certified, which produces annoying error messages when you attempt to load them. With respect to the lack of Mac OS X support, a large part of this is due to Apple's terms of use for OS X. I can't really blame Proxmox or the KVM folks for not pursuing Mac OS X support since doing so would violate Mac OS X's EULA and could potentially get them or their customers sued. Lastly, I can't say that I've ever had any stability issues with the Proxmox VE web interface, but using the graphical console can be a struggle. I don't think I've gotten it to work in anything except Mozilla Firefox.
Vendor
Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 07 2013

What is most valuable?

· Bear metal simple install · Runs on many different form factors- requires minimal hardware but take advantage of super-computer. From a tiny media servers to huge enterprise machines. · No CPU or memory restrictions · Many media options – local, iscsi, NFS, etc. · Run full virtualization and container based virtualization simultaneously (OpenVZ and KVM) · Intuitive web managed interface · Many enterprise advanced features · Free commercial use allowed · Open source with very active community · Large repository of open source easy to download pre-made container images that go from hyperlinks… more»

What needs improvement?

· MS windows performance · Immature VDI · Poor USB handling · Poor support for OSx · commercial support options · GUI interface stability (v2.0)

What is Proxmox VE?

Proxmox VE is a complete virtualization management solution for servers.

Proxmox VE 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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