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IBM PowerVM vs. VMware vSphere
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Pros
"It is a stable solution with reliable performance.""Technical support is great.""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.""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.""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."

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"It's easy to use.""VMware vSphere has plenty of features.""Technical support is helpful and always available.""I think that the solution is perfect. It's the best on the market.""VMware vSphere is the best private-cloud solution.""VMware vSphere is user friendly. It is scalable and stable.""The most valuable features of VMware vSphere are backup and recovery.""The scalability has been good."

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"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.""A GUI version of VIOS would be a great plus for people moving from Intel-based hypervisors.""The licensing could be better.""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.""The cost of this solution is high."

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"Sometimes you can't find items and you need to log onto different physical servers to do technical tasks. I don't fully understand why this is the case.""I would like to see the configuration simplified.""Here in Egypt, we would like everything free. So if you give us the license for free, we would be thrilled.""Its price can be better. It is very expensive.""The support for VMware vSphere can be fast or it can be slow. Recently it has been slow, they need to decrease the wait time and quality of their support.""The documentation could be improved. It does not help me to show the client the value of going with VMware vSphere rather than an open source or cheaper solution.""The solution could be cheaper and less expensive.""Technical support could be faster in terms of response times."

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  • "The license cost is bundled with IBM Power Systems as it is limited to RISC-based IBM systems only."
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  • "It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "In my opinion, the essential version is a good price."
  • "The price of this solution is mid-range."
  • "I think it's a fair price. We are using it on the production side, and everything is good from our experience. That's why I would say that the cost isn't too high. However, it would always be nice if it was cheaper."
  • "Pricing is a little bit on the higher side, compared to other products."
  • "Container support is the last great addition for VMware and it is worth the money you spend on it."
  • "The license growth of vSphere depends on the growth of the visual environment and the addition of more hosts."
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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 »
    Top Answer:It is a stable solution with reliable performance.
    Top Answer:DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU has to be activated at the bios level. It exists on Intel and AMD platforms. It is used a lot inside virtualization platforms like VMware VSphere. It… more »
    Top Answer:We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux and Windows. For us, VMware does not offer any advantage. Moreover, KVM is free.
    Top Answer:We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We found… 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.

    VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

    Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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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
    Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm25%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Consumer Goods Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government7%
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Retailer6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise45%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM PowerVM vs. VMware vSphere
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM PowerVM vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,068 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM PowerVM is ranked 8th in Server Virtualization Software with 5 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 134 reviews. IBM PowerVM is rated 9.0, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. 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 VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". IBM PowerVM is most compared with Hyper-V, KVM, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle VM, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation, KVM and Citrix Hypervisor. See our IBM PowerVM vs. VMware vSphere report.

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