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Open Source Proxmox Virtual Environment Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Proxmox Virtual Environment is VirtualBox. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Proxmox Virtual Environment and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Proxmox Virtual Environment are Webmin, OpenStack, XCP-ng and oVirt.

Proxmox Virtual Environment alternatives are mainly Virtualization Tools but may also be Cloud Computing Services or Cloud Hosting Services. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Proxmox Virtual Environment.
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  1. VirtualBox icon

    VirtualBox

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris
    60 alternatives to VirtualBox 

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as...

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    1.  LightweightVirtualBox consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Container VirtualizationVirtualBox can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
    VirtualBox Manager
    Create Virtual Machine
    Setting of an OS
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    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.
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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

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    ezpat

    VirtualBox has different purpose

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    LaSainteTomate

    Virtual Box is mainly used to create desktop VM while Proxmox is to be installed on a server

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    Guest

    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

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    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.

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    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.

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    Webmin

    • Linux
    • Online
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    61 alternatives to Webmin 

    Webmin is a web-based system configuration tool for Unix-like systems, although recent versions can also be installed and run on Windows. It allows to configure operating system internals, such as users, disk quotas, services or configuration files, as well as modify and control...

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsWebmin can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    Creating a Unix user in the same module
    Listing mounted filesystems on Linux
    Sharing a new directory to Windows clients with Samba
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    Guest

    Webmin is a GUI for server administration. Proxmox is a virtualization environment.

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    OpenStack

    • Online
    63 alternatives to OpenStack 

    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. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement...

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    1.  Privacy focusedOpenStack is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  Multiple Account supportOpenStack support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    3.  DecentralizedOpenStack is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    4.  Ad-freeOpenStack doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Overview page. Openstack Horizon dashboard.
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    Openstack is for global companies, this solution is too expensive compare to Proxmox. Openstack is googd alternative to VMware vCloud Director for example.

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    XCP-ng

    • Linux
    • NVIDIA vGPU
    • AMD MxGPU
    17 alternatives to XCP-ng 

    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.

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  5. oVirt icon

    oVirt

    21 alternatives to oVirt 

    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

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    bhyve

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    • BSD
    • FreeBSD
    20 alternatives to bhyve 

    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, 8/8.1/8.2 and 10), as well as MS Windows Server (versions 2008/2008R2, 2012/2012R2 and 2016 Technical Preview...

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    SmartOS

    13 alternatives to SmartOS 

    SmartOS is a hypervisor lean enough to run entirely in memory, powerful enough to run as much as you want to throw at it. Provisioning is blindingly fast, thanks to zones and ZFS file system creation.

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    1.  Ad-freeSmartOS doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  LightweightSmartOS consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Command line interfaceSmartOS either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    4.  Rolling ReleaseSmartOS supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    5.  Container VirtualizationSmartOS can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
    6.  No TrackingSmartOS will not track you or use your personal data.
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    Citrix Hypervisor

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • RadeonPro
    • NVIDIA vGPU
    • Nvidia Grid
    • AMD MxGPU
    36 alternatives to Citrix Hypervisor 

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

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    Most users think Citrix Hypervisor is a great alternative to Proxmox Virtual Environment.
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    Harvester

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    6 alternatives to Harvester 

    Harvester is a modern Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution built for bare metal servers using enterprise-grade open source technologies including Kubernetes, Kubevirt and Longhorn.

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    Cloudmin

    9 alternatives to Cloudmin 

    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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