[CentOS] Virtualization - what do You recommend?

Lorenzo Quatrini lorenzo.quatrini at gmail.com
Tue Feb 2 12:09:39 UTC 2010

Rafał Radecki ha scritto:
> Hi All.
> I plan to use virtualization in my production environment. I plan to use
> one of the following options:
> - KVM;
> - VMWare Esxi;
> - VMWare Workstation.
> I plan to install Windows 2008 as a guest. I want to use something like
> LVM snapshots for backups. Stability is also very important, the guest
> will be used as a production server.
> Which option could You recommend and why?
> Thank You very much in advance :)
> With regards,
> R.
I know it is off topic on this list (and I really wish it was based on CentOS),
but I feel to recommend http://pve.proxmox.com/, because:
It's really easy and fast to setup
Supports KVM and OpenVz
Can be clustered (central management and expandability)
Supports LVM snapshots to backup KVM guest

I'm using on production, and for now I didn't had any trouble.
The main "missing" feature is software raid, which isn't recommended nor
supported for production, but can be achieved on test machines. But beware that
with KVM you will almost certainly need a good HW raid with bbu cache.
Also the development is very active and more functionalities are coming on each
version (shared storage via drbd, and many other, I think that the wiki can
cover this better)

Regards, Lorenzo

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