Proxmox VE

Proxmox VE

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Proxmox VE

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Proxmox VE 5.3

9 out of 10
January 29, 2019
I required a virtualization environment that was free, easy to set up, was able to cluster, and worked on existing hardware. After trying …
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Popular Features

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Live virtual machine backup (9)

8.8
88%

Live virtual machine migration (9)

8.7
87%

Management console (9)

8.5
85%

Virtual machine automated provisioning (9)

7.8
78%

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Pricing

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Community

€ 90

On Premise
year & CPU socket

Basic

€ 280

On Premise
year & CPU socket

Standard

€ 420

On Premise
year & CPU socket

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://www.proxmox.com/en/proxmox…

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $7.50 per month

Features Scorecard

Server Virtualization

8.2
82%

Product Details

What is Proxmox VE?

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.

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsNA
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Proxmox VE?

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.

How much does Proxmox VE cost?

Proxmox VE starts at $7.5.

What is Proxmox VE's best feature?

Reviewers rate Live virtual machine backup highest, with a score of 8.8.

Who uses Proxmox VE?

The most common users of Proxmox VE are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

Reviews

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Mauro Giannandrea | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Proxmox VE is the best solution to use bare-metal company resources in a cloud way. Proxmox VE let users to have a sort of cloud in house, with API a nice web interface and many automation possibility. Is the must to have solution if you need to run the same software with Proxmox VE locally and on a remote solution (cloud providers, baremetal, vps etc).
  • Live Migration of VM on different nodes.
  • HA architecture without SPOF, multi master and Watchdog based Fencing.
  • Programmable Backup and restore.
  • Terraform provider plugin for Proxmox VE.
  • Lack in ARM architectures support.
  • Better integration with cloud providers, for example Oracle Serverless.
Proxmox VE is a good alternative to the most famous cloud providers. It's the top solution when you want to run applications on your own cloud in your house or on remote servers. If the company has a remote and in-house server with Proxmox VE is possible to use the same code and the same VM on both sites, this is not possible with the standard cloud providers. Proxmox VE is the lead application also when you need total control of the hardware, base system, and all the stuff that are hidden on standard cloud providers.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use Proxmox in the test center, it provides an easy and beautiful web console, by using the free management script and the web console, we got an easy-to-use virtual machine management platform. And Proxmox is an open-source software, we had added our sso and hardware management features to it.
  • vm management
  • web interface
  • open source
  • cluster management
  • working with ceph
For testing lab and home, PVE does not require a license, with the easy use web interface, easy use firewall, it can run without manager. With the KVM virtual engine, the performance will not degrade than bare. Totally, it is suitable for low cost, easy management environment.
Joseph Brower | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We needed to have a flexible virtualization environment that granted us control over how the virtual machine was presented as well as compatibility with other platforms. This was for our own organization, as well as for our clients, some being financial institutions, schools, and large investments companies. Proxmox has granted us this flexibility while at the same time ensuring we don't have vendor lockin.
  • Virtualization
  • Backups
  • Integration with storage solutions
  • Clustering
  • 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
We've been able to deploy Proxmox and easily migrate machines to and from the environment. This has proven invaluable as each of our clients is unique. One great example was when a client had some mishaps with VMWare. The environment became difficult to use due to some licensing issues and we were easily able to export the VMDKs and import them into Proxmox.

Another interesting situation that Proxmox really shines is with integration with snapshot based filesystems (like ZFS). We have ZFS shares with snapshots exported to Proxmox via NFS. When we need to recover an individual file from the VM, rather than needing to copy the entire snapshot back, we can log into Proxmox via SSH and use the CLI to mount the disk from the snapshot. Then we can copy just the data we need out. Because this happens outside of the virtual machine and on a completely separate network, it is protected against ransomware and malicious users. It also is super convenient.
Score 8 out of 10
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Proxmox is being used in our software development, actually we have VMware but VMware is fully hypervisor that need to install full OS before can build one server, but Proxmox has the container that very good and fast provision the VM quickly, also elastic can scale the resource without turn off the VM. We save a lot of time by using Proxmox for the container.
  • Proxmox container is very powerful and super fast, provision one VM around less than 1minutes, very good for development, DevOps
  • The cluster of Proxmox is powerful, its enterprise class already this features, and using less resource, CPU, RAM of dedicated server
  • Storage cluster the most powerful I love, its support many simple storage type, icci, cifs, samba, NFS, easy to integrated with another SAN
  • Backup Schedule also powerful that I can schedule backup VM every night, hour, it work perfectly.
  • actually, when the cluster is breaking, it's very difficult to rejoin it back
  • the command line maybe i am not using the paid option, i use the normal version without subscription, less information that i can find.
I recommend Proxmox virtualization for the development environment for opensource, especially for DevOps company, it's free or paid depending on your budget, but features full functionality and saves time for the developer to create the container, VM for testing the software.
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use SCALE HC3 in production, and Proxmox VE in the lab - both are Linux KVM virtualization tools and so we can more easily stage and transfer VMS from our lab environment to the production environment without having to re-create virtual disks and instead just moving QCOW2 virtual disks from place to place.
  • Feature-rich virtualization.
  • Open-standards compliance.
  • Redundancy and failover capability.
  • VDI brokering - it doesn't do this natively.
  • Hyperconvergence is still nascent and requires a lot of work.
For the SMB, it's a great tool for production - you can rack and stack two or more nodes and be up and running with a one-node failure tolerance in not time at all. To the medium and large enterprise it is the ultimate lab tool that mixes open standards with great features.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Proxmox VE on our office servers to host virtual machines we use for our business and network operations. It's used across the whole business for a variety of tasks, including:
  • ZFS data storage.
  • Hosting web applications for internal use.
  • Hosting client websites during development.
  • Network administration (DNS, mail relay, log server, etc.).
  • Automation of software builds.
The main problem Proxmox VE solves for us, is the overall management of the storage, virtualisation, deployment, and networking of our systems. Prior to using Proxmox VE, we had to bring various technologies together and try to coerce it to all play nice. Switching to Proxmox simplified all of this, made it much easier to maintain, and freed up resources to use elsewhere.
  • ZFS storage out of the box. The integration with ZFS is fantastic. You can easily create pools to store your VM images and data on, and the Proxmox web UI provides an easy way to check drive health, ZFS scrub status, etc.
  • Great web UI. Practically everything configurable is available to do so from the web user interface. You'll rarely need to drop to the command line for administrative tasks, unless you want to, in which case you can do that too. The UI also provides graphs and visualisations to help you keep check of how everything is performing.
  • Easy to setup a high availability cluster. Although Proxmox VE works perfectly well on a single server, you can also install it on multiple hosts and setup a cluster.
  • Uses a Debian core system with an Ubuntu based kernel. This means everything to do with the base operating system is tried and trusted. We use a lot of Debian and Ubuntu installs, so having this run underneath Proxmox VE was an added bonus for us.
  • The web UI does not work as well on mobile devices. It is useable, but a mobile optimised / responsive UI would be nice to have. There is a mobile app, so that may alleviate this issue, but I have not yet tried it.
  • Support in the community forums could be better. There are paid support plans, but new users trying out the software will not have access to this. Answers to questions can sometimes be terse, and I can imagine this may put some people off.
  • The wiki is a bit hit and miss with certain topics. I've often seen outdated or missing information, and the whole thing looks like it could do with some polish. I'd love to see it opened up for the community to add to.
From my own experience, I believe Proxmox VE to be very well suited for small businesses that need a virtualisation solution without breaking the bank. You can start off with the free edition and that might very well be all you need. If you do require a paid plan, there are multiple plans to choose from, to suit most budgets. This isn't to say it not's suitable for medium and large businesses, but I have no personal experience of it at that scale. Organisations with experience of Debian and/or Ubuntu based systems, will feel right at home straight away. The base OS is mostly unchanged from upstream so things generally just work as you'd expect them to. One scenario that might make you think twice about Proxmox VE, is if you have already standardised on non-ZFS storage, such as hardware RAID. Although I'm sure this can be made to work, Proxmox really shines when used in combination with ZFS.
Jean Franco | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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Proxmox is used by the IT department providing all the services they require, by virtualizing dozens of machines from test environments to real operations. Proxmox allows us to easily test, move and implement real services, allowing us to run Linux Servers, Windows Servers, and even others on a single server.
  • Provides an easy to use management interface
  • Works with Ceph, a distributed storage natively
  • Virtualizing different platforms
  • Provisioning of resources from local hosting server to virtual server, such as allocation of PCI cards, Graphics and others
  • Native support for other storage services, including some of the important ones on the market today
  • Separate interface for automatic provisioning, allowing host providers to offer free trials
  • Integrated CRM software for Service Providers
A great virtualization platform with a very nice cluster technology, allowing you to manage all your resources in a single interface without the need to install an application or run a particular operating system. It's not appropriate if you need to handle a large amount of servers, there's a limit of 32 nodes.
January 29, 2019

Proxmox VE 5.3

Score 9 out of 10
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I required a virtualization environment that was free, easy to set up, was able to cluster, and worked on existing hardware. After trying several other solutions, I decided on Proxmox VE. It is currently being used in a Lab environment to build test servers for training and application development before going into production.
  • 100% free. Unlike other products, Proxmox is completely free.
  • Supports both UEFI and BIOS virtualization.
  • Supports Windows, Linux, and containers host VMs.
  • Several options are available for storage. CephFS, the clustered built-in network storage, needs to be installed via the console or ssh. Other options like iSCSI do not support host migration.
Proxmox VE is a great solution, it runs on old desktops and is perfect for setting up a lab and training. There is free support from online forums and articles. I have been running ProxMox VE on three HP Workstations with 32GB ram.
The best features I find are:
- Templates which allow you to install and configure a VM, then re-deploy based on the template. This feature makes it quick and easy to deploy VM's.
- Hardware Options, RAM can be configured to a Min & Max value, so will not use 100% if not needed.
- Free Cluster, and the easy live migration of VM's from one server to another server.

Eric Renfro | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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Proxmox VE has been used to set up, deploy, and manage our QA, development, and production environments to offer high availability, snapshot backup capability, and scalability to allow migration from server to server. Proxmox VE's versatile use of storage options makes it ideal for just about any environment, with the ability to mix and match as needed. For example, using iSCSI for one instance while using Ceph for another. Development can utilize the iSCSI, for some level of speed but reduced redundancy, while Ceph could be used for production for high redundancy and high speed utilization.

I've consulted for various companies and helped them set up and deploy custom Proxmox VE environments for a number of industries. From travel/entertainment, to housing/realtors, and even retail. To this day, they still continue to use Proxmox VE, and love it's power and versatility just like I still do. I continue to use the Proxmox VE server for my home cluster running numerous services, utilizing NFS, GlusterFS, Ceph, and local storage options it provides, with live migration from system to system.
  • Versatility. The ability to utilize more than one type of storage for each instance.
  • Stability. Proxmox VE is the most stable hypervisor management solution I have seen to date. It just keeps going and going and going.
  • Speed. Utilizing Linux KVM and OpenVZ, you get the fastest and more capable virtual machines on the market today. And Proxmox VE's interface is always instantly loaded when you need it.
  • Reliability. Using standard tools, including Red Hat Cluster Suite, and providing command-line tools as well, this makes maintaining and using Proxmox VE more reliable and manageable to quickly get things back in running order when things do happen to stop.
  • OpenVZ is nice, but upstream it's suffering with the ability to keep up with Linux, while LXC, Linux's own container system, could be utilized.
  • RHCS with Pacemaker. When Proxmox VE started, they utilized the original RHCS cluster stack with rgmanager for the resource group management. Since then, RHCS has expanded and brought in Pacemaker to handle the same aspects rgmanager did, but in different and often better more flexible ways.
Versatility and flexibility is Proxmox VEs' greatest strong points. Allowing infinite design capability, you can build infrastructures of various work loads, purposes, and goals and not be restricted by how you do it, or what differences may need to exist between the various infrastructure points. Proxmox VE allows you to design how you need to every time.
  • Self-taught
They are fast, understanding, very intelligent, know their product very well, fast, responsive, and concise. Need I say more?
Yes
I upgraded from Proxmox VE 3.x to 4.x, which involved a full host update from Debian 7 to Debian 8 as well. The documentation provided for doing the update process was very well done, and the actual process of doing the update was very painless. Beyond the basic scope of Debian itself and how it handles updates, there was no issues at all from Debian or Proxmox VE on dedicated Proxmox VE systems.