VMware vSphere Hypervisor Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to VMware vSphere Hypervisor for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is XCP-ng, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to VMware vSphere Hypervisor and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to VMware vSphere Hypervisor are Proxmox Virtual Environment (Freemium, Open Source), KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) (Free, Open Source), Xen (Free, Open Source) and Unraid (Paid).

    This page was last updated May 17, 2021

    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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      XCP-ng vs VMware vSphere Hypervisor opinions
      Almost everyone thinks XCP-ng is a great alternative to VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
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      Easy management, low footprint of hypervisor, no management vm required (but available if preferred), vMotion without extra costs
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      etl XCP-ng is a very robust and easy to use virtualization platform with all the enterprise features without the price tag. It is well supported by Vates and the community, even for open-source users.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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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!
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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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!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Deployed and tested this virtualization solution, really stable and feature-rich. Excellent GUI console .
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      gerrywisnoski Easy to deploy and use, no license fees required but paid support is available if/when you need it.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      shwetkprabhat The great community and complimentary XOA!
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    2. 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.
      Most users think KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a great alternative to VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
    4. 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.
      Xen vs VMware vSphere Hypervisor opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Xen is a great alternative to VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
      rajaws2015 It is an opensource and it is better solution for small sized companies or for new startups. I would recommend the entrepreneurs definitely
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Amazon and zillions of enterprise shops use it where VMware would be too expensive.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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    5. 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.


    6. 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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    7. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a free product that delivers enterprise-class virtualization for your datacenter and hybrid cloud.
      Some users think Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a great alternative to VMware vSphere Hypervisor, some don't.
      • 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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • AmigaOS
      • MorphOS
      Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS.
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    8. OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical server enabling better server utilization and ensuring that applications do not conflict.
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