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Score 7.8 out of 101
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Score 9.2 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

I believe IBM Cloud is well suited for individuals who know their product but not so much for cloud strategy. IBM helps us accelerate and plan the cloud journey and allows us to scale. I wouldn't recommend the IBM Cloud if you know how to scale and distribute the servers world wide.
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Kernel-based Virtual Machine

Kernel-based Virtual Machine is very well suited when one needs a single-node virtualization host or needs to build a complex demo setting on their own notebook (e.g. when demonstrating solutions to a customer).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.5
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
6.8
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.0
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
5.0
Management console
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.4
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
5.0
Live virtual machine backup
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.9
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
Live virtual machine migration
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.5
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
9.2
Hypervisor-level security
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.6
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
8.0

Pros

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • Ease of use - we don't want to spend extra hours trying to figure out a problem
  • Easy Setup - onboarding was simple and quick
  • Great documentation - Most of the answers to our questions are very easily accessible without additional help
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Kernel-based Virtual Machine

  • KVM is really good at providing fast and reliable virtualization for Linux guests
  • Since KVM is a kernel module, every VM is a Linux process which can be managed by Linux system tools
  • KVM integrates very well with the management framework libvirt, which is why KVM can be integrated in automation tools as well
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Cons

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • Time latency
  • Support could be better
  • Price is high
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Kernel-based Virtual Machine

  • KVM itself doesn't ship with a management interface
  • KVM itself is a bit complicated to handle
  • KVM needs Qemu to virtualize Windows guests
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Usability

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 8.2
Based on 3 answers
It is easy to use and setting it up is simple. The only con is that the pricing is a little bit high as well as documentation is a little low; so we had to do some personal learning to be able to fully utilize the product, or hop on the phone with someone.
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Kernel-based Virtual Machine

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Support

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 7.9
Based on 3 answers
The support is great, there is a lot of documentation and easy to navigate FAQs. [There are] Some gaps in the knowledge base. In addition, the support team is very useful and responds within a relative time-frame if we need hands-on assistance. Overall, we have felt supported throughout our use with the product.
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Kernel-based Virtual Machine

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Alternatives Considered

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

I haven't used other products, but I am happy with VMware VSphere on IBM Cloud. Our team enjoys using it as well, and the support that we have gotten from IBM keeps us satisfied as customers
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Kernel-based Virtual Machine

KVM is free and provides environments where guests can run their own Kernel while still performing very well. It is also very native to work with KVM since it is integrated within the Linux Kernel.In comparison to VirtualBox or VMware Player, KVM is far more performant.In comparison to commercial virtualiuzation solutions, KVM does very well because it is free.
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Return on Investment

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • VMware vSphere on IBM has helped us gain more customers.
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Kernel-based Virtual Machine

  • KVM normally enables customers to fullfill their business goals very fast and it is free, so there is a very small time window from implementation to "investment is returned"
  • If IT staff doesn't have hardcore Linux experience, they will need proper learning time until they'll be able to handle KVM
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Pricing Details

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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