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Comparison Buyer's Guide
Executive Summary
Updated on August 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: September 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"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 is stable.""It is very stable.""I can control and manage everything. I know everything that's cooking inside. This is the best part for me.""It's a scalable solution.""We find the ease of use of this solution to be invaluable. It is user-friendly and integrates well with other software.""Customers are moving to open source and Red Hat is the leader in this particular space. I think customers feel more confident running Red Hat Virtualization than VMware.""This solution is very stable. Much more so than similar products."

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"The installation process is very straightforward.""It affords us different views of the VMs created by vSphere so we can control them better.""Stability and scalability are the most valuable features of this solution.""The most valuable feature of this solution is vMotion.""The product offers good stability.""Virtualised automation is a useful feature.""We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.""Its stability and manageability are valuable."

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"This solution could be more secure.""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.""While everything needs improvement in some way, I have no specifics.""When we do a direct comparison, then obviously VMware does better in terms of having Fault Tolerance and doing active disaster recovery and these kind of things. This is something that can be improved within Red Hat.""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.""There is not any proper documentation on the site to reference.""The documentation is not as good as it should be.""We would like the dashboard feature of this solution to be improved, as it is not very detailed at present."

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"The monitoring is not good in vSphere, many times you have latency or you cannot find what you want. The events should be improved.""VMware vSphere could improve on the automation features and the ease of use of the solution in many areas, such as the interface. However, VMware is doing lots of great things.""vSphere could perhaps be improved by more integration or better security.""The container management could be improved. It's far from perfect right now.""Higher cost than other similar solutions.""I would like to see more support regarding containers, and they need more features for them.""It could be more composable. At present, a fluid pool is not available to us. It would be great to have the flexibility.""It would be great if VMware could have a consolidated way of delivering this as software rather than pieces and several add-ons so that you could enjoy the product in its entirety."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I believe we pay on a yearly basis."
  • "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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  • "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:We buy a license for commercial use, and we also use the free editions.
    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: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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    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 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.

    Learn more about RHEV
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    Sample Customers
    Qualcomm and Bonham's Auction House.
    Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider40%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Legal Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business52%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    RHEV vs. VMware vSphere
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about RHEV vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    RHEV is ranked 10th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 134 reviews. RHEV is rated 7.8, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of RHEV writes "An enterprise-level virtualization platform". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". RHEV is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM, Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV Virtualization, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation, KVM and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI). See our RHEV vs. VMware vSphere report.

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