Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for KVM?


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Georges ESSOMBA - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Engineer and Consultant at All-Tech
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Top 10
Aug 29, 2022

There is no cost involved in the use of KVM, as it is open source.

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SonuSingh - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solution Architect at Micro Focus
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Top 20
Apr 6, 2022

KVM is priced reasonably.

Solution Architect at Ericsson
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Top 5
Oct 8, 2021

We had some problems with the licensing.

Co-Founder and CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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Top 20
Aug 19, 2021

KVM offers both an open source and licensed version.

Muhammad Harun-Owr-Roshid - PeerSpot reviewer
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Jun 22, 2021

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.

Founder at a retailer with 1-10 employees
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Top 5
Apr 17, 2021

It is free for everyone.

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VascoCampos - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at NoBoring Lda
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Oct 21, 2019

This solution is an open-source, free platform with paid support.

it_user781875 - PeerSpot reviewer
System Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
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Dec 5, 2018

It is cheaper than other solutions out there on the market.

Software Architect at Acronis
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Nov 22, 2018

This solution came with the Linux license.

it_user781875 - PeerSpot reviewer
System Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
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Oct 8, 2018

It is cheaper than other competitors like VMware or Hyper-V.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 30, 2021
Which is better and why?
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Syed Abid Hussain - PeerSpot reviewer
Snr. Infrastructure Architect (Data Centre) at DHA
Nov 23, 2021
KVM is a kernel base hypervisor while Proxmox VE is open-source. Technically, Proxmox VE fulfills the smallest business users than KVM. And if we go for the quality and support KVM is better.  But Proxmox VE has also more features according to business growth.
User at a marketing services firm with 201-500 employees
Nov 30, 2021
In a marketing services-related company security is paramount. Therefore, you probably will rely on services, especially during maintenance of your network and need support for that. When it comes to security and support KVM would be the better option. With in-house engineers, both Proxmox VE and KVM could be chosen. But qualified engineers are hard to come by nowadays, depending on where you live. As a side note, I maintain mainly Xenserver, VMware and KVM. When it comes to performance per watt Xenserver would be the king, especially on larger setups.  Since your setup is of medium size and if you decided not to go for the aforementioned setups, KVM would be the lesser of the worse. Your question depends a lot on the hardware/cloud system you have in mind. More details would make my recommendations more precise. Kind regards,
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Oct 21, 2021
Which is better and why?
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Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrator at Neuberger Gebäudeautomation GmbH
Oct 21, 2021
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 and came in Windows 8 as well. Free because they had a special SKU dedicated for virtualization called Hyper-V-Server. It had a limited footprint through a core installation (no GUI) to minimize updates it would need. But that was until the Windows Server 2019 release. With the new release line named "2022", they dropped that SKU altogether. Microsoft now proclaims you should use their Azure-Stack-HCI solution which is a paid offering with a subscription. That in itself is no bad thing as it would work pretty well (did not try myself but read about it). Alas, you will have to pay for that. Another downside of Hyper-V is the management capabilities and requirements: You have to use Windows to manage that (which you probably already use anyway) but you have to use at minimum the same OS version your Hyper-V is running on. So if you have Hyper-V Server 2016 you have to use Windows 10 as a minimum (expect to have the same feature built as the server 1607). On the other hand, there is KVM free on most (if not all) Linuxes. There are even free offerings like Proxmox VE with a full package to use it as an appliance, manage through a browser, and such. Way more straightforward than Hyper-V. Citrix Xen Server is also a great solution to get you started with virtualization. Commercial solutions are also out there to deliver to more production-inclined needs. One is Nutanix AHV which uses KVM at its core. See my article about that for more information.Personally, I used KVM in private projects and some test scenarios at work. We use AHV at work and it is perfectly running there. I also have a Hyper-V running with a few VMs for a small shop which works great. You have to settle with some limitations but I will switch that away from Hyper-V because of that mess they made with 2022 (I don't want to pay for a thing I have used for free after 10 years. besides said shop is a non-profit). I'm just waiting for the next hardware refresh. So yes, I think KVM is better and not only because it is still free.
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