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Why Would a Provider Choose ESXI Over KVM? MonoVM Tells Us the Story (Plus Awesome Discounts!)

We recently had a chat with MonoVM’s proprietor, LowEndTalk’s @BabakMonoVM has invested heavily in VMware’s ESXi technology.  That’s not a typical configuration for our community’s providers.  We do see it now and then, but KVM, OpenVZ, etc. are more common, probably because ESXi comes with a licensing bill that free KVM doesn’t.

So why ESXi?  Read on!

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Now let’s learn a little more about MonoVM and their ESXi story.

Q: What is the advantage of hosting using VMware ESXi vs. KVM for you as a provider?

The world of virtualization is very big, and big companies offer this service for server virtualization.
Virtualization services actually perform a single task, but each one follows a specific and exclusive architecture. As a service provider, both of these services require expertise, which our team possesses.

However, from a functional point of view, the KVM service has more customization capabilities due to its open source, and it is possible to provide better facilities to users through some changes.

Many control panels can be integrated with KVM, and through them and direct commands, some settings can be improved, and the quality-of-service provision can be increased. But in VMware vSphere, this possibility is more limited and makes some services not fully automated.

Q: Any advantages for the end user?

But from the point of view of users, providing services through KVM is much, much more attractive.  Through the management control panels, Users get many benefits that are very limited in VMware vSphere. The benefits that users get when using KVM can be mentioned below.

  • Complete virtual server management such as reboot, Shutdown, Start, etc.
  • Console access via VNC
  • Reinstalling the operating system and changing to other OSs.
  • Viewing the usage status of the virtual server from the dedicated hardware
  • View the status of bandwidth consumption
  • Reset the forgotten operating system password.

Of course, it should be noted that all of the above can be implemented somehow on VMware vSphere, but the provision of these services is more due to the powerful control panels that are integrated with KVM.

Q: Do you find a performance difference on VMware ESXi over KVM, or is performance similar?

In terms of performance, there is not much difference between KVM and VMware vSphere virtualizers, but all this will return to the type of consumption, operating system, and user conditions.

For example, for enterprise tasks, networking between virtual servers, dedicated hardware allocation, and resource reservation, VMware vSphere has more quality and efficiency. But in contrast to the speed of performance, simplicity in the process of operation smoothness can be seen in KVM.

In general, it can be said that one cannot be declared the main winner in terms of performance because each of these virtualizers has its advantages and disadvantages, and the best mode can be chosen according to the conditions and type of use.

Q: Do you see your firm moving more towards ESXi or KVM in the future, or do you plan to keep offering both?

We try our best always to keep users satisfied with proper service. Therefore, due to the fact that some users prefer to use VMware vSphere than KVM or some users request a virtual server based on KVM, we will provide our services on both of these virtual machines. And maybe in the not-so-distant future, we will offer other virtualizers according to the requests of users.

Thanks, @Babak!  Now head over to LowEndTalk!



  1. Low...:

    So why ESXi? Read on!

    This question is not answered. In fact each answer to the questions elaborates how KVM is better than ESXI.

    November 4, 2023 @ 11:51 am | Reply
  2. JBT:

    It seems too vague and poorly worded to be AI. I’m also confused as to why ESXi over KVM, and this ‘interview’ didn’t clear it up for me either.

    November 4, 2023 @ 10:22 pm | Reply
  3. reading comprehension:

    lol dipshits… i concur with the other two comments. stay far away from an idiot company like that. not even good prices.

    January 13, 2024 @ 11:43 pm | Reply
  4. Hi guys!

    We usually don’t comment on competitors postings, but this one is a hot topic.
    One thing here which is genuine is the fact, that it was _not_ written with GPT ;-)
    I find the subject misleading, but let’s put this aside.

    The really hot topic (now luke warm only I guess) is the acquisition of VMWare by Broadcom,
    and the fact that Broadcom spent 69 Billion USD plus 500 Million on top to kill the hosting industry.
    To my knowledge, these guys cancelled all VMWare reseller agreements and kicked the providers out.
    They want the cake to themselves it seems.

    Cheers, Gerhard

    February 14, 2024 @ 7:23 am | Reply

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