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Executive Summary
Updated on March 31, 2022

We performed a comparison between KVM and Oracle VM based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both of these solutions feel that setup is very straightforward and easy to complete.
  • Features: KVM users like that the solution is open source, very cost-effective, and easy to use. The GUI consistently gets high praise, as it makes overall management of KVM easier than ever before to get workflows completed on time. They also say that KVM is very flexible, stable, and super fast. Some users feel that technical support could be improved, as could monitoring and resolution.

    Oracle VM users tell us that they appreciate that the solution is very easy to use and offers very high performance. Oracle VM offers a great failover and an outstanding restore of virtual machines. The solution is very flexible and you have all the commands to do everything yourself. Users say it is a “set it and forget it solution.” Many users feel the solution is a bit heavy, though, and that the CPU usage should be lower. Reviewers feel that Oracle VM has not done a very good job keeping up with technology and that the solution is at the end of its life cycle and is about to be discontinued.
  • Pricing: Both of these solutions offer very flexible pricing plans. Users are satisfied with the pricing and licensing options.
  • Service and Support: KVM users were split on their experience with tech support and service. Although a few were satisfied, the overall consensus was that tech support could be better. Oracle VM users praise the huge online community that is available to assist with issues and that, when needed, Oracle’s dedicated technical support is extremely knowledgeable and very helpful.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, KVM comes out ahead. It has the speed, stability, and flexibility that make it a very desirable solution for today’s rapidly-changing, ever-growing tech environment. This particular Oracle product, although very mature, has not done enough to stay competitive.

To learn more, read our detailed KVM vs. Oracle VM report (Updated: May 2022).
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Pros
"KVM is stable.""This solution is open source and easy to configure.""Very cost-effective.""It is easy to use, stable, and flexible. It is a pretty mature product, and it is faster than VirtualBox.""I like that it's easy to manage. It's also more powerful when it comes to security than others. That point of view is the one consideration. The other consideration is that it's cost-effective.""I have found KVM to be scalable.""If you prefer command-line, there are all kinds of command-line options.""The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before."

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"Its ease of management and simplicity are most valuable. It is free, and you can provision an unlimited number of VMs at no cost for clients. They also provide perfect support.""It's a very mature product.""The solution is very stable. I don't recall any bugs or glitches. It's reliable. It doesn't crash or freeze.""The solution is easy to use. You can spin one up when you need to and then shut it down.""The network capabilities are good.""What I like the most is the failover and the quick restore of virtual machines.""The biggest advantage of Oracle VM is that you can separate your clusters to get your licenses agreement in scope.""The most valuable aspect of the solution is the resource management from the OVM Manager."

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Cons
"Its resource usage can be improved.""Business continuity features need to be added.""One thing that maybe could be improved is making it easier to scale. It needs to be more clear on how to scale the storage space for virtual machines.""Lacks high availability across clusters as well as support for Apache CloudStack.""There are some issues with the graphics and some software that is very complex.""Monitoring and resolution could be improved.""In our setup, we do not have any dashboards or orchestration, and it is hard to manage. We have 25 gig network cards, but the software driver we have only supported 10 gigs.""I have previously used VMware and KVM is easier to use. However, they both have their strengths depending on their use cases. They are mostly equal. One of VMware's advantages is it has better support."

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"Integration with cloud products would be beneficial.""The usage could be easier, and more user-friendly.""The user interface of the version that we have requires improvement. They have already improved the user interface in the latest version, but we are yet to migrate to that. The new UI is much better. I would like it to be simple. It is serving all of our needs, and I don't think it is necessary to keep adding. We are able to provision a VM in ten minutes, and provisioning it in five minutes will not have any added benefit.""Deployment should be simplified.""The performance could be better because I need to purchase a lot of CPUs to perform in the workbench.""Something that could be improved are the snapshots that go in the ZFS Storage. If you want to enjoy Oracle VM, you will definitely want it to go together with ZFS Storage to maximize on the snapshot facility.""You need to have a model for documentation available for the users. Right now, if you have to search for some troubleshooting, you need to have Oracle login. Many personnel might not have that login. The reach, the availability of information to the end-user, is not there.""The solution needs more features and flexibility in terms of communicating with other platforms. If it had that, it would be the perfect product."

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  • "It is free for everyone."
  • "The price is fair compared to others. But in our local market, it's a problem to get budget approval from management. That's why they are trying to get those products so we can give them the price benefit. But if you consider the international market or other products, it's sometimes better than their price."
  • "We had some problems with the licensing."
  • "KVM is priced reasonably."
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  • "Licensing costs are less for Oracle Linux and for clients moving to the Oracle Cloud, as it is included in the price of the subscription."
  • "I recommend this for any customer wanting to reduce their licensing costs for packaged applications."
  • "If you choose Oracle hardware, then this virtualization software is included along with support."
  • "We were able to deploy our solution at near zero cost compared to other vendors since the licenses come with our Oracle hardware."
  • "With having a global contract, we get some discounts."
  • "All other vendors are selling their licenses to use the VM, but Oracle isn't doing that, which is its biggest advantage. It is free. All you have to do is get the hardware. You can create an unlimited number of VMs for free. With VMware, you have to purchase licenses for the number of VMs that you want to create. You only pay for their premium support, and even that is optional. I am now learning this product, and we can even do without the support."
  • "Oracle is free of charge, although you have to have a subscription for the support."
  • "The price compares well with other solutions."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I would prefer if KVM was easier to scale and not so limited. Overall the product has been helpful. It is easy to use, and was quite straight-forward to set up. Since I have been using KVM, I have not… more »
    Top Answer:KVM is easy to use, stable and flexible. It is mature and very fast. It is an affordable open-source solution that is easy to set up and manage. It offers very good security. It has a virtual manager… more »
    Top Answer:KVM is better. But let's just look at the software instead of judging. Hyper-V was a free solution from Microsoft to virtualize Server or Client OS as it is a feature on Windows Server since 2008… more »
    Top Answer:Oracle VM seems to me to be kind of outdated. Nevertheless, it is fairly straightforward to use and maintain. The solution can just be set and you can forget about it, and the scalability is… more »
    Top Answer:Virtualization platform that's easy to set up, and has good scalability and stability.
    Top Answer:Oracle VM pricing is expensive, because it runs on the Oracle database, and the Oracle database runs very smoothly on Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, and this can make pricing more expensive.
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    KVM vs. Oracle VM
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    KVM is ranked 4th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews while Oracle VM is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 17 reviews. KVM is rated 7.4, while Oracle VM is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of KVM writes "Stable, easy to set up, and very easy to use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle VM writes "Good documentation and a simple setup but has a terrible licensing structure". KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and VMware Workstation, whereas Oracle VM is most compared with VMware vSphere, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V and RHEV. See our KVM vs. Oracle VM report.

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