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View Poll Results: Virtualization Product of the Year
VirtualBox 240 61.22%
Xen 12 3.06%
KVM 54 13.78%
VMware 58 14.80%
OpenVZ 5 1.28%
Parallels Workstation 0 0%
Oracle VM 2 0.51%
QEMU 20 5.10%
Linux-VServer 1 0.26%
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:46 PM   #1
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Virtualization Product of the Year

What is your VM of choice?

Old 12-28-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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Virtualbox ... it's the only one I've personally played with, so my opinion is a bit biased
Old 12-29-2011, 04:49 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Hevithan View Post
Virtualbox ... it's the only one I've personally played with, so my opinion is a bit biased
Same here. I've got a very limited experience with other solutions. Hence my vote for VB.
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VirtualBox, but qemu (or qemu-kvm) is more versatile.
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VBox as well, only one I used so far.. But I am curious about a "more reliable and stable" environment. Im thinking to try Qemu some time..

For now VirtualBox
Old 12-30-2011, 10:13 AM   #6
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VirtualBox one great application...!!!
Old 12-30-2011, 11:43 AM   #7
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I installed a trial version of VMware onto a new, fresh boot disk.
I booted, looked at it, and 1/2 hour later realized I needed something from my server so I reinstalled the original boot disk and rebooted.

I have two LSI controllers, RAID6, each with one VG and several logical volumes.

The first is all my data, bluray, dvd, cd, photos, etc. apx 7TB of data used.

The second is ONLY for backup of the former.

VMWare clobbered my data drives, installing an MBR (how quaint, I've been using GPT for over a year), and created partitions.

I had to use Raise Data Recovery and I did manage to recovery all of my files(pissed off and unhappy during the process), but I can't believe that in the day and age a trial piece of OS style software would clobber DATA disks, without warning and/or asking for confirmation.

I see a good intelligent installer as an indication of the attention to detail spent on the entire project, after all it is one's first impression.

I wouldn't touch VMWare again under any circumstance

I now use virtualbox, xen and kvm, preferring the latter two.

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Old 12-30-2011, 02:07 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by brianL View Post
but qemu (or qemu-kvm) is more versatile.
Old 12-31-2011, 07:54 AM   #9
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Virtual Box !
Old 12-31-2011, 08:15 AM   #10
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VMWare gets my vote since I use it a lot at work but a very close second place goes to QEMU which I started using only recently in combination with Tashi on a Hadoop cluster.

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I'm gonna have to go with VMware. I've tried VirtualBox, and still use it some, but I have an ESXi server and it's great.
Old 12-31-2011, 11:44 AM   #12
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virtual box all the way.
Old 12-31-2011, 03:04 PM   #13
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Virtualbox exclusively for the last couple of years. I paid for VMWare before that, but got tired of trying to keep VMWare, the kernel and NVidia drivers playing nicely with each other.
Old 12-31-2011, 04:20 PM   #14
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QEMU, but this year I didn't have an opportunity to see how it works with hardware virtualization.
Old 01-02-2012, 08:49 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
What is your VM of choice?

What is a VM? If you mean a hypervisor, then I can vote, but if you mean a virtualization management suite, then the list is really suboptimal, and things like Xen and KVM should be replaced with libvirt, vdsm, oVirt, RHEV, Proxmox and so on.


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