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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM PowerVM vs. Proxmox VE and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"The most valuable feature is the flexibility in terms of managing the hardware resources such as RAM, CPU, and the network.""It's scalable. Whenever we buy another product other than hardware, it's easily integrated into the virtualization software that we download.""Active Memory Sharing dynamically reallocates memory of running partitions based on changing workload demands. The memory for the pool is carved out from Physical memory and is made logical memory. The said memory is not available to be assigned to partitions as dedicated memory. A min, max and desired as well as weight is assigned to the memory of each lpar to help hypervisor make a decision in case a condition where priority is to be given to a certain lapr to use the memory form shared pool.""A valuable feature of PowerVM is a feature that is used for higher availability plus stream for posting, which is very useful. There's a flash copy feature which we are using. PowerVM itself, I know, helps us to control and manage our Oracle licensing compliance, since it is our hardware partitioning. This is very important. If you use VMware, there will be a licensing issue. This PowerVM is a hardware partitioner, which is very important for license compliance. We are happy with this solution.""The stability is the most valuable aspect of this solution. IBM is the most powerful and stable platform.""The case fileserver on the web server is the most valuable feature.""Technical support is great.""The most valuable features in this solution are you do not get degradation in the performance like you could get in other solutions. There is a physical adapter that is better than a virtual one and you can assign adapters to a VM."

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"That the product is free and still has all the features you expect is a huge benefit.""There are many features included with Proxmox.""The most valuable feature is the ease of deployment.""The setup is very easy.""Proxmox VE is simple to use and it is feature rich. The fact is that it performs,""The affordability of the solution is the product's most valuable aspect.""We are happy with Proxmox VE. We use it as part of a cluster.""The feature that I have found most valuable is that its storage container, LVM, and everything else work out of the box."

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"This solution is lacking the ability to have servers act as a cluster, such as in VMware. IBM has come out with a feature similar to VMware's vCenter but it is not as mature. They need to add LPM shared-nothing feature, such as in vMotion.""A GUI version of VIOS would be a great plus for people moving from Intel-based hypervisors.""I would like for IBM to be more focuses on the cloud.""The performance should be improved.""The interface is not user-friendly in places, so it could use some improvement.""I don't know whether this has been trialed already, but IBM should give us an alert when we reach seven or eight failovers so that we can automatically switch it to manual mode. That would be great because if we cross the 10-day licensing limit, we have to pay a hefty license cost to Oracle. If IBM could view that feature, it would be helpful in license compliance.""To make it a ten, I would like for them to add automation and configuration tools in order to help use the manager.""The licensing could be better."

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"The availability of the solution could be a bit better.""Lacking in enterprise features.""The initial setup has a pretty steep learning curve.""The Windows drivers could be easier (unlike manually installing Ballon, QEMU and optionally SPICE, VIRTio, etc.)""Its performance and support can be improved. Currently, there is a cost for support.""The product is still a little young so it is maturing, but new features are coming out all the time.""The facility of deployment is an area that needs to improve.""I can't speak to any improvements. It is not lacking features."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price varies from case to case and you have to negotiate it for every project."
  • "The license cost is bundled with IBM Power Systems as it is limited to RISC-based IBM systems only."
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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."
  • "Because I'm using Proxmox VE for personal use and it's an AGPL license project, I can use it at home for free."
  • "Proxmox is free."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    IBM Power hardware is designed to maximize I/O while still providing flexibility when it comes to virtualization. When running IBM Power hardware, vs another vendors hardware, the same hardware… more »
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    A valuable feature of PowerVM is a feature that is used for higher availability plus stream for posting, which is very useful. There's a flash copy feature which we are using. PowerVM itself, I know… more »
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    If the servers run Oracle database and middleware software, careful attention needs to paid on the impact on on Oracle license cost while replacing the servers. If virtual machines are deployed, use… more »
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    For me the biggest impact is the cost of licensing in the case of VMware despite its overall intuitiveness and ease of handling and management. However, KVM-based Open Source solutions are becoming… more »
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    One of the best things about Proxmox VE is that it is open-source and very inexpensive. You get all of the same features as with the more well-known products. Proxmox VE is very easy to deploy - it… more »
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    I use Proxmox VE and have been very happy with it. In my opinion, it is a complete and stable solution with excellent tools for managing servers. It has a lot of different features, and I also love… more »
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    Overview
    Power is server virtualization without limits. Businesses are turning to PowerVM server virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.

    Proxmox VE is a complete virtualization management solution for servers.

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    Sample Customers
    Sto, Soitec, SNO, Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Al Mansour Holding, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Huhtamaki, ELK Group, IT-Informatik, Arkansas Tech University, Pneuhage
    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
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm29%
    Government14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Consumer Goods Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government6%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Cloud Provider29%
    Retailer14%
    Government14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider46%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business74%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise11%
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM PowerVM vs. Proxmox VE and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    IBM PowerVM is ranked 10th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews while Proxmox VE is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 19 reviews. IBM PowerVM is rated 8.8, while Proxmox VE is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM PowerVM writes "Faster performance per core without increasing Oracle license compliance and better scalability ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Proxmox VE writes "Rivaling the stiffest and competition in its category this solution suffers only from being young". IBM PowerVM is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle VM, whereas Proxmox VE is most compared with Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware vSphere and Odin Virtuozzo Containers. See our IBM PowerVM vs. Proxmox VE report.

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