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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: July 2022).
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"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.""KVM is stable.""This solution is open source and easy to configure.""The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before.""Very cost-effective.""It is easy to use, stable, and flexible. It is a pretty mature product, and it is faster than VirtualBox.""If you prefer command-line, there are all kinds of command-line options.""I have found KVM to be scalable."

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"It's quite stable.""The network capabilities are good.""The biggest advantage of Oracle VM is that you can separate your clusters to get your licenses agreement in scope.""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.""Oracle is probably the best database technology out there. I've never found anything as complete in terms of feature and functionality and sophistication.""It's a very flexible solution because you have all the commands that you can do yourself.""Virtualization platform that's easy to set up, and has good scalability and stability.""It's a very mature product."

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"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.""Lacks high availability across clusters as well as support for Apache CloudStack.""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.""Business continuity features need to be added.""Monitoring and resolution could be improved.""There are some issues with the graphics and some software that is very complex.""Its resource usage can be improved.""Technical support could be better. In the next release, I would like to see an improved user interface and dashboard. This type of improvement will make it easy or help our engineers understand the solution from a requirement point of view."

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"I would like to be able to ship all of our logs. This feature could exist and I am just not aware of it.""I've found that using Oracle VM is like stepping back in time. It's not kept up with technology. The only reason anyone uses it is that they're afraid of Oracle's licensing. Oracle has a tremendously bad licensing approach.""Deployment should be simplified.""Integration with cloud products would be beneficial.""The solution is at its end of life and is about to be discontinued.""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.""There have been some security issues in the past.""There are currently issues with centralized storage."

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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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  • "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."
  • "The licensing for Oracle VM solution is very nice because you license the box."
  • "The price of the license is expensive."
  • "Oracle VM pricing is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and supports a wider range of hardware and, also, you can implement at ZERO cost and with a very powerful web interface for management, from… more »
    Top Answer:Small support team, small cluster, low core count, use VMware products Large support team, large clusters with many cores, use KVM. KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and… more »
    Top Answer:Far from being an expert, my opinion is that the positive sides of KVM are: Lower costs and open-source which gives the abilities to customize it according to the specific needs of each customer.
    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: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.
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    Top Industries
    Energy/Utilities Company22%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm22%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Local Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise32%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
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    Small Business25%
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    Large Enterprise52%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
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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 13 reviews. KVM is rated 7.4, while Oracle VM is rated 8.6. 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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