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

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"We are able to simultaneously run multiple operating systems in a single machine and have virtually no performance hit.""It will not harm any of the computer settings to run a specific program. For example, if a program needs a specific security policy, we don't have to use the shared configuration. We have an individual copy of Windows installed on the virtual machine, so anybody can access that. It helps us a lot.""I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.""Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.""Technical support is very good.""Great at solving connection problems.""VMware Workstation is great for migrating and patching operating systems.""The most valuable features of VMware Workstation are the speed of access and quality of upgrade. Those are the more important and pertinent aspects as far as we were concerned. Functionality and features were relevant for the customers. What a customer chose, we had to make sure that it operated."

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Cons
"There are some issues with the graphics and some software that is very complex.""Lacks high availability across clusters as well as support for Apache CloudStack.""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.""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.""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.""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.""Monitoring and resolution could be improved."

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"The interface is a little wonky and needs to be improved.""Installing VMware Workstation isn't so easy. It's highly complex compared to Windows. I rate it four out of 10 for ease of installation. Setting up a remote desktop only takes a minute or so, but the Workstation itself takes some time.""My experience with Workstation is limited, so I don't know all the functionalities of this tool. Maybe Workstation could add some more compatibility with other vendors.""Performance could be improved, it's somewhat clunky.""The GUI interface could be improved.""The big issue that we've always had with VMware, was the disparity between what was presented for a Windows-based client and a Linux-based client. The Windows client was always two or three releases ahead of the Linux client. We always wanted VMware to change and improve the feature sets between the client connector on Linux and on Windows.""The price should be reduced.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier."

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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 paid on a yearly basis."
  • "The licensing costs are cheap. I pay approximately $100 per year."
  • "The cost differs depending on the customer's requirement."
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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:VM Workstation’s setup is so easy, you can use it almost instantly, it works well with Windows and Linux. We like VM Workstation primarily to test environments to determine how well a solution will… more »
    Top Answer:It will not harm any of the computer settings to run a specific program. For example, if a program needs a specific security policy, we don't have to use the shared configuration. We have an… more »
    Top Answer:The interface is a little wonky and needs to be improved. Honestly, the biggest problem with VMware is not with their interface, as much as their support for the interface. In order for a virtual… more »
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    Overview
    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko.
    VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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    Sample Customers
    MediaWiki, Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikidata, Wikiversity, Commons
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    Top Industries
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    Energy/Utilities Company22%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm22%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm11%
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    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Government20%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    University10%
    Sports Company10%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Server Virtualization Software
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about VMware, Proxmox, Microsoft and others in Server Virtualization Software. Updated: June 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    KVM is ranked 4th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 9 reviews. KVM is rated 7.4, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of KVM writes "Stable, easy to set up, and very easy to use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Easy to use, powerful virtualization capabilities, and good performance". KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and Nutanix AHV, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Proxmox VE and VMware Fusion.

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