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Executive Summary
Updated on Aug 25, 2022

We performed a comparison between RHEV and VMware VSphere based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions share mixed opinions on their ease of deployment.
  • Features: Users of both solutions like the products’ stability and say they are user-friendly.

    RHEV users like the solution’s virtualization, management of cloud platforms, high availability, and integration of container environments. Users mention that the scalability needs to be improved and that they would like to see more integration with other platforms.

    VMware VSphere users say it is flexible and has good virtualization and great data recovery speed time. VMware VSphere users feel that the solution needs to be more secure, and that the monitoring and reporting could be improved.
  • Pricing: RHEV has an open-source version and a paid version. Users share mixed reviews on the pricing of the paid version. The majority of VMware VSphere reviewers consider the solution to be expensive.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are satisfied with the technical support they receive.
  • ROI: Users of both solutions are happy with the ROI.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, VMware VSphere got better user reviews. One major difference between the two solutions is that users say that RHEV’s scalability is not great.

To learn more, read our detailed RHEV vs. VMware vSphere Report (Updated: January 2023).
672,411 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"We find the ease of use of this solution to be invaluable. It is user-friendly and integrates well with other software.""This solution is very stable. Much more so than similar products.""It's a scalable solution.""The solution is overall very good with all the facilities. It is user friendly, easy to configure, has documentation, and support is available.""The solution has a good licensing module.""It is very stable.""The most valuable features of RHEV are all the tools, such as virtualization, management of cloud platforms, and integration of container environments. The solution has good compatibility between virtualization, content management, and cloud management. Having the full set of these tools is the advantage of it.""The solution is stable."

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"Its dynamic resource scheduling and its fault tolerance capabilities are two features that I've found to be valuable. I also like that VMware vSphere is stable, scalable, and easy to install.""It's easy to use.""Server Virtualization is the most important feature because that helps me to utilize 100% capacity of my physical server or box. Its redundancy, uptime, or high-availability is also valuable. Storage-sharing is also valuable. In vSAN, I can utilize the maximum storage. In the physical boxes, if you don't require storage, it lies idle, but with VMware or any kind of virtualization, you can utilize the full storage.""The installation process is very straightforward.""The fact that we have the ability to easily scale out, and the ability to do maintenance on the underlying hardware without impacting our business applications, are important aspects.""The technical support is good and they are available over the internet.""The speed of the solution is excellent.""The solution is easy to use, has high performance, and good virtualization."

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Cons
"RHEV can improve by keeping pace with new features and new enhancements. They should not be halted or delayed innovation because over the past quarter the enhancements have not been as fast as they have been previously.""Customers are not aware of this solution, they can improve by providing more awareness and solution availability.""While everything needs improvement in some way, I have no specifics.""This solution could be more secure.""We would like the dashboard feature of this solution to be improved, as it is not very detailed at present.""We hope that Red Hat can produce a paradigm edition. We are looking for paradigm computing and paradigm storage. Its scalability can be improved. It is not easy to scale, and we hope that Red Hat can provide a more scalable system. They should also provide local service and support. Our customers are looking for a good software vendor to provide professional services.""The UI should be more interactive with additional features.""There is not any proper documentation on the site to reference."

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"We have had some problems setting up the monitoring with vSphere. The process could be simplified.""The reporting could be improved.""VMware vSphere could be improved with cheaper costs.""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'm using vSphere at a high level. Sometimes, I find it challenging to integrate different networks, but I think it's just my lack of knowledge.""We've been using vSphere on Windows 7, and it had less fluff associated with ThinApp. Currently, with Windows 10 version that we have, it adds a lot of bulk to ThinApp. We have offices spanning across Canada from the east coast to the west coast. A ThinApp that is roughly around 400 MB in size would take minutes to open up. With Windows 7, the same ThinApp used to be close to 75 to 80 MB in size. So, I'm really not happy with the extra fluff that is bundled in Windows 10. It really messes things up for us at times.""Its price could be better. It is expensive, and its price is a big concern.""Stability-wise, there are some minor issues."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We buy a license for commercial use, and we also use the free editions."
  • "We have to pay extra for vulnerability and fault tolerance."
  • "The solution does not require licencing but a subscription is necessary, which is very affordable."
  • "The price of RHEV is high. It is an open-source solution, the price should be less. The price should not be on par with a solution, such as VMware. It's not more or equal to VMware, it's less, but the difference should be more substantial."
  • "This product has a variety of licensing options available. However, the level of licensing, and therefore the cost of licensing, is dependent on the number of servers being utilized."
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  • "This is quite an expensive product, although everything is included in the standard licensing fee."
  • "It could be cheaper."
  • "vSphere is expensive."
  • "Its price is quite high. VMware licensing is quite costly. You have to pay for the CPU and Threads, but if you want good service, you have to pay the price. Its cost is not more than 1 million for us."
  • "The licensing has become cheaper over time."
  • "Its price is slightly higher for India. It is a little bit expensive on a monthly basis when considering the value of the Indian rupee."
  • "The price could always be lower, but I think it's fair."
  • "This is an expensive product and the price needs to be reduced."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We hope that Red Hat can produce a paradigm edition. We are looking for paradigm computing and paradigm storage. Its scalability can be improved. It is not easy to scale, and we hope that Red Hat can… more »
    Top Answer:The solution has a good licensing module.
    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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    Also Known As
    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
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    Overview

    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, or RHEV, is a leading open standard enterprise virtualization management solution. This solution supports virtualization of servers and desktops using the same infrastructure and a single easy-to-use interface.

    Because RHEV is based on open standards, it is vendor-independent and a lot more cost effective and flexible than proprietary solutions.


    VMware vSphere is a powerful and complete server virtualization platform that allows its users to create and manage virtual data centers and machines. VMware vSphere is designed to help IT departments set up and run applications using the most cost-effective computer resources. By using vSphere, organizations save the time and energy necessary for purchasing infrastructure and software and reduce ongoing maintenance and operational burdens on IT teams.

    Infrastructure administrators and network operators can access and manage the vSphere server by using a web-based cross-platform client application or via the vSphere client tool provided with vSphere. 

    VMware vSphere provides visibility into VMs and enables its users to carry out operations to manage VMs. This includes tasks such as:

    • Powering VMs on and off
    • Launching the VM console
    • Shutting down guest operating systems
    • Settings configurations
    • Taking system snapshots

    VMware vSphere Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using VMware vSphere include: 

    • Reduced costs: Since VMware applications are run on a server, it is not necessary to spend large amounts of your organization’s money on hardware, software, and infrastructure.
    • Increased productivity and customer satisfaction: VMware is able to operate multiple complex processes simultaneously. With all your applications being managed and run on the cloud, downtime, failures, and application errors are rare. VMware easily scales up and down to meet your computing needs. The high availability that VMware provides allows your IT staff to focus on other issues and keeps your customers satisfied with the service they receive.
    • Unlimited access to your VMs: VMware’s user-friendly cloud-based interface allows any employee to work from any location at any time.
    • Enhanced security: VMware’s security tools deliver full visibility into your entire system. This keeps your applications and data more secure, in any type of environment. VMware provides multiple protective tools including antiviruses and anti-malware, as well as backup and recovery services.

    VMware vSphere Features

    Below is a list of some of VMware vSphere’s key features:

    • Transferable virtual machine images: Export and import virtual machine images from your local environment. This gives users the ability to set up and configure their systems locally and only upload them to the server once everything is working properly. VM images can be moved back and forth between vendors, ensuring that your company is never tied up to a specific cloud vendor.
    • User-friendly interface: Using VMware’s intuitive console, you can easily create, manage, share, and deploy virtual machines.
    • API integration: VMware’s APIs support integration with third-party applications for data protection, multipathing, and disk array solutions.
    • Distributed power management: Automate efficiency by continuously optimizing server power consumption within each cluster.

    Reviews from Real Users

    VMware vSphere stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. A few major ones are its virtualization abilities, its flexibility and availability, and its user-friendly interface.

    Felix D., an Automation project administrator, DCS, I&E at Centennial Cayman Corp, writes, “The connectivity is fantastic, and many functions can run together in one server. If you need to scale, we can continue to add components or modules. It's a beautiful virtual solution that has many advantages over physical hardware, where you have to use devices and wiring to connect all your projects.”

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    Qualcomm and Bonham's Auction House.
    Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
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    Comms Service Provider36%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Integrator18%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government8%
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Retailer6%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Buyer's Guide
    RHEV vs. VMware vSphere
    January 2023
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    RHEV is ranked 10th in Server Virtualization Software with 8 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 108 reviews. RHEV is rated 7.6, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of RHEV writes "An easy initial setup with fair pricing and good reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "Strong performance, works well with large infrastructures but it is quite expensive". RHEV is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, Oracle VM and Nutanix AHV Virtualization, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation, Nutanix AHV Virtualization and Oracle VM. See our RHEV vs. VMware vSphere report.

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