Free Proxmox Virtual Environment Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Proxmox Virtual Environment is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Proxmox Virtual Environment and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Proxmox Virtual Environment are OpenStack (Free, Open Source), XCP-ng (Free, Open Source), oVirt (Free, Open Source) and bhyve (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 29, 2021

    1. VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.
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      VirtualBox vs Proxmox Virtual Environment opinions
      This alternative is disputed. VirtualBox is still a legitimate alternative to Proxmox Virtual Environment, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      You can install it on top of an operating system and it just works. Other solutions like proxmox require a lot of configuration and are difficult to maintain using apt because of dependency hell and messing with filesystem drivers like ZFS(it cause my ZFS filesystems to not boot, so i had to reinstall the whole server). I switchted to simpler virtualizations like VirtualBox.
      Top positive comment  12 months ago

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      Use cases have practically no overlap. Proxmox requires dedicated server hardware and is of no use to casual users with desktops, whereas VirtualBox is controlled manually with a GUI and would be highly inconvenient and inefficient for the kind of infrastructure Proxmox is designed for
      Top negative comment  8 months ago

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      u Use cases have practically no overlap. Proxmox requires dedicated server hardware and is of no use to casual users with desktops, whereas VirtualBox is controlled manually with a GUI and would be highly inconvenient and inefficient for the kind of infrastructure Proxmox is designed for
      Negative comment 26 days ago

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      Proxmox is a bare metal hypervisor with a good management interface. VirtualBox runs on an existing operating system. You can't replace one by the other as they have totally different use-cases.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

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      They are not the same software at all... But I do understand the confusion, so here is a very very brief feature difference: VirtualBox: Is a virtual machine (type-2 hypervisor) used to virtualize OSes/bootable software inside a host OS Proxmox: Is a virtual environment used for (multi) server management which includes virtualization technology and hard drive redundancy through ZFS.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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      VirtualBox is a separate software, whereas Proxmox VE is an complete solution
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    2. OpenStack OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds.
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      Some users think OpenStack is a great alternative to Proxmox Virtual Environment, some don't.
      mishaknarjg7 Openstack is for global companies, this solution is too expensive compare to Proxmox. Openstack is googd alternative to VMware vCloud Director for example.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    3. XCP-ng is a high-performance, enterprise-level hypervisor with a rich ecosystem and is the result of massive cooperation between individuals and companies. All commercial features are enabled with no commitment required to a support agreement.
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      Works like Citrix hypervisor, and could be managed for free by XCP console for many platforms and you may adopt Xen Orchestra for automation and WEB management (freemium also). Both products came from same company so it works seamlessly.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    4. oVirt is a virtualization management application. That means that you can use the oVirt management interface ( the oVirt engine) to manage hardware nodes, storage and network resources, and to deploy and monitor virtual machines running in your data center.
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      Fully featured, actively developed, good high availability featureset
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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    5. bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2 hypervisor that runs FreeBSD 9+, OpenBSD, Linux and MS Window desktop (versions Vista, 7, 8/8.1/8.
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    6. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a free product that delivers enterprise-class virtualization for your datacenter and hybrid cloud.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • RadeonPro
      • NVIDIA vGPU
      • Nvidia Grid
      • AMD MxGPU
      (formerly XenServer) Citrix Hypervisor is a leading virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures.
      Most users think Citrix Hypervisor is a great alternative to Proxmox Virtual Environment.
    7. Danube Cloud is a cloud management software used for deploying, maintaining and automating cloud data centers and their processes. The project aims to simplify the whole server virtualization environment by automating all the repetitive tasks for the system administrator.
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Multipass is a lightweight VM manager for Linux, Windows and macOS. It's designed for developers who want a fresh Ubuntu environment with a single command. It uses KVM on Linux, Hyper-V on Windows and HyperKit on macOS to run the VM with minimal overhead.
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    8. It is a UI built on top of Webmin for managing virtual systems, such as Xen, KVM and OpenVZ instances. Using Cloudmin you can create, destroy, resize, startup, shutdown and restrict multiple instances using different virtualization technologies from a single interface.
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