Linux Containers LXD vs. Proxmox VE

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
LXD
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
LXD is a system container and virtual machine manager. It offers a unified user experience around full Linux systems running inside containers or virtual machines. LXD is image based and provides images for a wide number of Linux distributions. It supports various use cases, with support for different storage backends and network types and the option to install on hardware ranging from an individual laptop or cloud instance to a full server rack. LXD is written in Go. It is free software…N/A
Proxmox VE
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
Proxmox Virtual Environment is an open source server virtualization management solution based on QEMU/KVM and LXC. Users can manage virtual machines, containers, highly available clusters, storage and networks via a web interface or CLI. Proxmox VE code is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, version 3. The project is developed and maintained by Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH.
$7.50
per month
Pricing
Linux Containers LXDProxmox VE
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Community
€ 90
year & CPU socket
Basic
€ 280
year & CPU socket
Standard
€ 420
year & CPU socket
Premium
€ 840
year & CPU socket
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
LXDProxmox VE
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsProxmox Virtual Environment's source code is published under the free software license GNU AGPL, v3 and thus is freely available for download, use and share. A Proxmox VE Subscription is an additional service program that helps IT professionals and businesses keep Proxmox VE deployments up-to-date. A subscription provides access to the stable Proxmox VE Enterprise Repository delivering software updates and security enhancements, technical help and support.
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Features
Linux Containers LXDProxmox VE
Server Virtualization
Comparison of Server Virtualization features of Product A and Product B
Linux Containers LXD
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Ratings
Proxmox VE
9.2
10 Ratings
10% above category average
Virtual machine automated provisioning00 Ratings9.510 Ratings
Management console00 Ratings9.510 Ratings
Live virtual machine backup00 Ratings9.510 Ratings
Live virtual machine migration00 Ratings9.010 Ratings
Hypervisor-level security00 Ratings8.79 Ratings
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Linux Containers LXDProxmox VE
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Score 9.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Enterprises
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Score 10.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Linux Containers LXDProxmox VE
Likelihood to Recommend
6.4
(2 ratings)
9.3
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Linux Containers LXDProxmox VE
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
Linux Containers LXD works very well when you, as a software developer using Linux, need to spin up a development environment to build and work on a specific piece of software. For example, you need to build some software that is tested and developed target Ubuntu 18.04. You're able to quickly create a container for Ubuntu 18.04 and log into it to run commands and build your software. This is easier to do than setting a virtual machine - e.g - via Virtual Box, but is a lot clunkier than doing it via Docker containers which give you a much more flexible configuration of the environment and are easier to start, stop, connect and share with other developers.
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Proxmox Server Solutions
We used Proxmox to implement private cloud services, for clusters
of a small number of servers, from 3 to 11 with and without high
availability. Allways with ZFS file systems, and we used to install the
root pool in SSDs mirrored and use other pools with RAID 10 in groups of
four, for the virtual machines and containers, for the backups and snapshots, we used magnetic disks with RAID 10, in groups of four. Do
not use an even number of servers because does not facilitates the
implementation of High Availability, because the corosync service must
have an odd number of servers to detect a failed server for the quorum
system. We used a variety of servers, from clone PCs with AMD Ryzen with 6 cores and 12 threads with 64 GB of RAM no ECC, to high end servers with 64 cores and 128 threads per cpu and 2 cpus per server, with AMD EPYC Rome or Milan, 2 terabytes of RAM ECC.
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Pros
Open Source
  • GIT repositories.
  • Authentication servers.
  • Application instances.
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Proxmox Server Solutions
  • BackUp System, provides extensive propiertes and verifications. An exclusive server for BackUp Administration (PBS)
  • Hardware Customization. You can select several properties to adapt the hardware to your needs
  • Easy administration. You will be able to manage the server with easily accessible tools such as the web console and usage statistics.
  • Certificates Administration.
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Cons
Open Source
  • Ease of use.
  • Copying containers from one machine to another.
  • Creation of containers with config files similar to Docker.
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Proxmox Server Solutions
  • Can't manage ZFS replication or snapshots as easily as I'd like
  • Encrypted disks aren't easily deployed in VMs
  • Moving disks between VMs is not automated
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Likelihood to Renew
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE provides the most capable, yet stable virtualization platform in the market today. Licensing options are also competitive and cost-effective for support, and support is extremely fast and knowledgable of getting issues resolved as quickly and soundly as possible.
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Usability
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Proxmox Server Solutions
Out of every product I have used for this, Proxmox VE is the most concise, clear, and functional I have ever seen. I continue to use Proxmox VE even after occasionally comparing alternatives available because of it's usability, design concept, and great support of features. It's very unlikely I will find a product that can even compete with Proxmox VE in every angle of what Proxmox VE provides.
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Reliability and Availability
Open Source
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Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE's ha-cluster functionality is very much improved, though does have a not-very-often occurrence of failure. In a 2-node cluster of Proxmox VE, HA can fail causing an instance that is supposed to migrate between the two nodes stop and fail until manually recovered through the command-line tools provided. Other than this, the HA clustering capability of Proxmox VE has proven to be reliable in 3 or more clustered environments with much less chance of these failures to occur.
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Performance
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE's interfacing is always fast to load, both the Web interface and the command-line tool interfaces. Reporting is practically real time almost all the time, and you can see everything in mere seconds, easily able to identify if something is wrong or it everything is in tip-top shape as always desired
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Support Rating
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Proxmox Server Solutions
They are fast, understanding, very intelligent, know their product very well, fast, responsive, and concise. Need I say more?
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Implementation Rating
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Proxmox Server Solutions
It worked, was easy and super fast to deploy, and provided everything we needed in a matter of minutes
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
Linux Containers LXD feels like a more primitive version of docker, docker-compose and similar projects from the docker ecosystem. The Dockerfile and docker-compose.yml methods of specifying a container setup, as well as the network and file configurations afforded by Docker make working with containers much easier and more reproducible than with Linux Containers LXD.
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Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE is cheaper than VMware, especially upscaling an HA architecture. Compared with other free or less expensive solutions, Proxmox VE is high compatible with more types of hardware solutions and more VM types. From my point of view, Proxmox VE has no competitor at the same price level, it offers the most complete and production-ready HA solution.
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Scalability
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE provides everything you need to quickly add new storage mediums, network and local, as well as networking interfaces, such as using Linux standard bridges and now Open-vSwitch bridges which can be even more scalable than before. Proxmox VE 4.0 dropped support for OpenVZ in favor of the more well supported and native LXC and made an upgrade path to it very simple.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • Save workload.
  • Save time.
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Proxmox Server Solutions
  • Proxmox has allowed to us to do more with less. We can invest in a single (or multiple if clustering) host with a decent specification, and run most of our infrastructure on it.
  • Open source technologies allowed us to re-use previous skills and knowledge. There was very little onboarding required because we already knew Debian, KVM, ZFS, etc.
  • Virtualisation has vastly reduced the amount of time required to maintain all our systems. Everything is so much more organised and lends itself to automation (with Ansible, in our case).
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