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Best VMware vSphere Hypervisor Alternatives

VMware vSphere Hypervisor is described as '( based on ESXi ) is a free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware' and is a popular Virtualization tool in the network & admin category. There are more than 25 alternatives to VMware vSphere Hypervisor for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Online / Web-based, Self-Hosted solutions and Android. The best alternative is XCP-ng, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like VMware vSphere Hypervisor are Proxmox Virtual Environment, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine), Xen and OpenStack.

VMware vSphere Hypervisor 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 VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
This page was last updated Jun 29, 2022
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  1. 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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    Almost everyone thinks XCP-ng is a great alternative to VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
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    XCP-NG comes with a very comprehensive management GUI : XCP-ng CENTER simple intuitive and powerfull and offers HA at no cost!

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    XCP-ng has a great community support and is pretty stable. In combination with XENorchestra (from sources) a full backup solution is available!

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    Deployed and tested this virtualization solution, really stable and feature-rich. Excellent GUI console .

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    gerrywisnoski

    Easy to deploy and use, no license fees required but paid support is available if/when you need it.

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    shwetkprabhat

    The great community and complimentary XOA!

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    Open Source, vmotion, high availability (without the cost) strong community support.

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    nikade

    A lot of features, fully opensource and a big community to ask when you run in to trouble. Most of the old XenServer community is represented which sums up to a great deal of knowlege.

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    Proxmox Virtual Environment

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    Proxmox Virtual Environment is a complete and easy to use Open Source virtualization platform for running Virtual Appliances and Virtual Machines.

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    Most users think Proxmox Virtual Environment is a great alternative to VMware vSphere Hypervisor.


  3. KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.

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    Most users think KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a great alternative to VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
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    Xen

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Xen.org, home of the Xen hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization. It is a native (bare-metal) hypervisor providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently.

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    Xen vs VMware vSphere Hypervisor opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Xen is a great alternative to VMware vSphere Hypervisor.

    Amazon and zillions of enterprise shops use it where VMware would be too expensive.

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    rajaws2015

    It is an opensource and it is better solution for small sized companies or for new startups. I would recommend the entrepreneurs definitely

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    OpenStack

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    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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    Windows Sandbox

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.

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  7. An operating system for personal and small business use that brings enterprise-class features letting you configure your computer systems to maximize performance and capacity using any combination of applications, VMs, storage devices, and hardware.

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    Portable Virtualbox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate installation. It unpacks and adjusts the paths and configuration of VirtualBox so it will run portably.

    Discontinued

    It has not been updated since 2017 and does not work with any version of Virtualbox beyond v5.1.22.

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    bhyve

    • FreeOpen Source
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD

    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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    oVirt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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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