Best Server Virtualization Software19Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources. Server Virtualization is the creation of such virtual instances or virtual machines (VMs) via hypervisors or physical servers providing multiple users access to isolated virtual spaces, effectively aggregating usage and spreading the cost of storage and access among users.Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)1 ESXi4 VM VirtualBox5 Hat Virtualization (RHV) (formerly RHEV)6 Workstation7 Hypervisor (formerly XenServer)8 Virtual Machine10 VM Server11 PowerVM12 VE13 Acropolis14 Virtuozzo15 with Operations Management (VSOM)18 IP Virtual Server19 VPS Servers20 Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud21 vCenter Server on IBM Cloud22 vSphere on IBM Cloud23 Cloud for VMware Solutions24

Server Virtualization Software

Best Server Virtualization Software

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Server Virtualization Overview

What is Server Virtualization Software?

Server virtualization software allows multiple operating systems to run independently of each other on a single machine in a data center. Virtualization software called Hypervisors encapsulate a guest version of the operating system and emulate hardware resources. Resources may include CPU, memory, or hard disk which can be shared across multiple virtual machines. In this way server virtualization allows multiple operating systems to run on a single machine.

Server virtualization tools reduce the need for physical hardware systems. The resulting increase in resource utilization lowers server costs. Containerization however, popular since the emergence of Docker, supplies an alternative to server virtualization. Containerization achieves greater efficiency than server virtualization by eliminating the hypervisor and its multiple virtual machines. Each application shares a single instance of the operating system and runs on the “bare metal” of the server.

Server Virtualization Features & Capabilities

Server virtualization products provide these common features:

  • Run multiple virtual machines using different OS on same server

  • Automated virtual machine provisioning

  • Manage remote physical locations, branch locations with rapid provisioning

  • Server health monitoring, performance bottleneck, workload rebalancing

  • Centrally control and optimize virtual machine environment

  • Patch or backup virtual machines without interrupting service

  • Migrate live virtual machines between hosts during scheduled maintenance

  • Hypervisor-level security, including antivirus and anti-malware

  • Secure apps and infrastructure with guest operating system lockdown

  • Auditable activity, performance log

Pricing Information

Server virtualization inherently reduces data center costs by improving resource utilization. Virtualization subscriptions are available at a monthly or (more common) annual cost, with reduction in cost for up-front multi-year commitments. Subscriptions are priced according to managed hypervisor socket pairs, or per number of physical processors featuring virtualization. Free trials ranging from 30 to 60 days are available from some vendors. Server virtualization is also sometimes offered with on-demand pricing (e.g. compute capacity per hour).

Server Virtualization Products

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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

135 Ratings

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (or EC2) from Amazon Web Services offers scalable cloud capacity for setting up a virtual server.

VMware ESXi

318 Ratings

VMware ESXi is a popular hypervisor, from VMware.

Oracle VM VirtualBox

68 Ratings

Oracle VM VIrtualBox is Oracle's cross-platform virtualization offering, acquired with Sun Microsystems in early 2010. The software was originally developed by Innotek GmbH.

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) (formerly RHEV)

22 Ratings

Red Hat Virtualization (formerly Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, broadly known as RHEV) is an enterprise level server and desktop virtualization solution. Red Hat Virtualization also contains the functionality of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktop in later editions of the platform.

VMware Workstation

33 Ratings

VMware Workstation is virtualization software which allows running multiple x86-based operating systems on one PC.

Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer)

40 Ratings

Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer) is a virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures.


4 Ratings

Nerdio provides streaming IT services over the Internet by virtualizing hardware and software. Companies using Nerdio no longer have to maintain servers, desktops and software, but instead plug into virtual services in the cloud.

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

11 Ratings

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a virtualization solution developed by small Israeli software company Qumranet and supported by Red Hat since that company's acquisition in 2008.

Oracle VM Server

10 Ratings

Oracle VM Server is Oracle's server virtualization offering for enterprises.


3 Ratings

IBM PowerVM provides a server virtualization environment.

Proxmox VE

11 Ratings

Proxmox VE is an open source server virtualization program.

Nutanix Acropolis

15 Ratings

Nutanix Acropolis is a platform supporting server virtualization.

Odin Virtuozzo

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Virtuozzo, formerly Parallels Cloud Server is a container based server virtualization technology.


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OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux supported by Odin and fundamental to that company's commercial offering, Virtuozzo.


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vSphere with Operations Management (VSOM)

10 Ratings

VSOM from VMware delivers vSphere server virtualization but also adds capacity management and performance monitoring features.

Evolve IP Virtual Server

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The Evolve IP Virtual Data Center is a Virtual Private Cloud Computing Service that is designed to enable customers to leverage guaranteed resource reservation pools (processor, memory and disk resources) at Evolve IP’s data centers. The vendor says that by using the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) c...

Netherlands VPS Servers

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HostSailor’s Netherlands VPS Servers is virtual service provider solution (VSP). This solution includes free DDoS protection for all VPS plans in Romania as well as free technical support.

VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud

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VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud brings together VMware vSphere, vSAN, and NSX into a natively-integrated stack of virtual compute, virtual storage, and virtual networking built upon IBM Bluemix bare metal servers.

VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud

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VMware vCenter Server on IBM Cloud automates deployment of the underlying vSphere and vCenter layers needed to build a flexible and customizable VMware solution.

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

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VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud is a customizable virtualization service that combines VMware-compatible bare metal servers, hardware components, and licenses.

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

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IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions makes cloud adoption fast and easy, allowing you to optimize the value of existing on-premises infrastructure, while confidently leveraging the same tools, technologies and skills in the cloud. Gain rapid scalability, deployment in 60+ global data centers and access...