Best Server Virtualization Software

Server virtualization software divides physical servers into multiple virtual segments that can be managed independently. Server virtualization products, commonly referred to as hypervisors, are used by organizations to partition dedicated servers into scalable virtual instances called virtual private servers (VPS). Virtual private servers created with server virtualization software can each host a unique operating system and be managed independently through an integrated hosting control panel. Organizations use server virtualization software to allocate server resources among virtual machines for workload optimization. Virtual machines created with server virtualization software are often more flexible and reliable to manage than unpartitioned servers. Organizations that house and manage servers internally implement server virtualization software to reduce strains on resources. Additionally, server virtualization software is commonly used by hosting service providers to offer VPS hosting services to their customers.

To qualify for inclusion in the Server Virtualization category, a product must:

  • Allow users to partition physical servers into multiple virtual instances
  • Enable easy management of scalable virtual environments
  • Offer access to a built-in or third-party control panel through which virtual servers can be managed
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    VMware vSphere Hypervisor is a free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware.


    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 is a stand-alone product providing a simplified, reliable, cost-effective and optimized virtualization solution.


    Azure Virtual Machines gives you the flexibility of virtualization for a wide range of computing solutions: development and testing, running applications, and extending your datacenter with support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, and SAP.


    VMware ESXi is a purpose-built bare-metal hypervisor that installs directly onto a physical server. With direct access to and control of underlying resources, ESXi is more efficient than hosted architectures and can effectively partition hardware to increase consolidation ratios and cut costs for our customers.


    Citrix Hypervisor is a complete server virtualization software platform built on the powerful Xen hypervisor offering fast and secure virtualization.



    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is an open-source virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).


    Proxmox VE is a complete virtualization management solution for servers.


    VMware vSphere Hypervisor is a free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers, so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware.


    Provider of Virtualization, Storage, and Cloud Infrastructure Software.


    The Xen Project serves as the basis for many commercial server virtualization, desktop and embedded products as well as hardware appliances and cloud solutions.


    Nutanix Acropolis combines feature-rich software-defined storage with built-in virtualization in a turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure solution that can run any application at any scale.


    Azure virtual machine scale set automatically increases or decreases the number of VM instances that run your application. This automated and elastic behavior reduces the management overhead to monitor and optimize the performance of your application.


    OpenVZ is a container-based virtualization for Linux that 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.


    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a world-class, secure open source server operating system, built to power physical, virtual and cloud-based mission-critical workloads.


    LXC by Linuxcontainers.org is a set of tools, templates, library and language bindings. It's pretty low level, very flexible and covers just about every containment feature supported by the upstream kernel.


    Red Hat Virtualization (formerly Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization) provides server and desktop virtualization tools


    Apache VCL is a free & open-source cloud computing platform with the primary goal of delivering dedicated, custom compute environments to users.


    Auto Scaling is a service to automatically adjust computing resources based on your volume of user requests. When demand for computing resources increase, Auto Scaling automatically adds ECS instances to serve additional user requests, or alternatively removes instances in the case of decreased user requests.


    Meet all of your data access, integration and management requirements whether you are seeking to plug into mainframe, mid-tier, desktop or cloud systems. Read more


    Dynamic data mobility across existing storage platforms with virtually limitless scalability.


    Deploy4Me is a next generation service for cloud deployments. It is better then an old-fashined database of the Virtual Machine images. It is a new way to get a fully customized server environment in a few clicks.


    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions makes cloud adoption fast and easy, allowing you to optimize the value of existing on-premises infrastructure, while confidently leveraging the same tools, technologies and skills in the cloud. Gain rapid scalability, deployment in 60+ global data centers and access to industry-leading disaster recovery, backup, security and compliance solutions from an array of ecosystem partners.


    IBM i prepares you for business growth with data at its core


    IBM® Open Data Analytics for z/OS® integrates key open-source analytics technologies with advanced data access and abstraction services. The solution is designed to simplify data analysis. It combines open-source run times and libraries with analysis of z/OS data at its source, to reduce data movement and increase the value of insights gained from leveraging current data.


    IBM PowerVM is server virtualization without limits. Businesses are turning to PowerVM server virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.


    IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization combines the power of IBM Cloud, VMware Cloud Foundation, HyTrust security software, and Intel TXT-enabled hardware to protect virtualized workloads down to the microchip level


    LynxSecure is packaged with development and configuration tools that offer real-time and granular control over hardware platform resources for managing guest OS resource allocation, execution scheduling, and intercommunication.


    Maxta software-centric hyperconvergence is designed to offer unparalleled choice of servers, storage and virtualization for greater simplicity, agility and cost efficiency.


    MediaRich Server is a platform for processing content for delivery to virtually any website, app or device.MediaRich Server features a completely new 64 bit architecture enabling lightning fast processing of over 450 file types including camera, image, Office, drawing and video formats for delivery on the fly to your website, mobile applications on almost any platform.


    Pivot3 vSTAC OS virtual desktop, disaster recovery, video-based security and other applications, and have seen particular success in the healthcare, government, transportation, hospitality, education and retail vertical segments


    Room Booking System is a solution that allows staff to book any room or resource by period online and manage lettings after-school.


    Application simulation software to keep you on schedule and focused on service quality—not service constraints.


    Spin up a virtual machine, back up your SQL Server instance, and restore it into Azure. It’s that easy to reduce your capital investments and optimize operational expenses by migrating your on-premises SQL Server to the cloud. Spin up a virtual machine, back up your SQL Server instance, and restore it into Azure. It's that easy to reduce your capital investments and optimize operational expenses by migrating your on-premises SQL Server to the cloud.


    StarWind VSAN eliminates any need in physical shared storage by simply mirroring internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. It reduces virtualization expenses (both capital and operational) by utilizing hardware resources for the same workload.


    TIBCO GridServer is a market-leading infrastructure platform for grid and elastic computing and the backbone of businesses operating in the world's most demanding markets. More than a million CPUs spread across a thousand global installations form enterprise grids managed by GridServer.


    UCS Virtual Machine Manager (UVMM) is an easy-to-use and cost-efficient management tool to virtualize IT infrastructures and centrally manage your (hybrid) cloud environments. Using the hypervisor KVM as the underlying virtualization technology, UVMM lets you create, manage and remove virtualized servers and machines from any environment (Microsoft Windows, UCS and other Linux distributions). UVMM is an integrated administrative tool, which you can access via the management system of our server operating and management solution Univention Corporate Server (UCS). It manages all virtualized resources including OpenStack and Amazon EC2-based cloud resources via a a modern and integral web interface. Overview of important functions: Virtualization of Microsoft Windows, UCS and other Linux distros; High degree of flexibility with virtualization technology KVM thanks to standardized virtualization interface Libvirt; Next to local virtualization servers, UVMM also manages cloud computing environments based on OpenStack or Amazon EC2. This allows the out-of-the-box setup of hybrid cloud scenarios with UCS. Comprehensive functions for the creation and central administration of virtual instances and hard drives, such as the starting, stopping, pausing, deleting, migrating and cloning of virtual systems; Integral, standardized administration interface for the virtualization technology KVM; Status overviews for physical servers and virtual instances at a glance: the administrator receives an overview of the resource utilization of the physical servers and the available virtual instances on them (CPU and memory utilization); Quick set-up of new virtual instances using pre-configured, adaptable profiles; Central administration of hard drive images; Migration of running virtual instances from one physical server to another; Central administration of clustered servers; Support of paravirtualization for more efficient hardware utilization.


    Virtkick is the last VM management panel you'll ever need.


    VM Ware is a virtualization platform based on a CISCO UCS with fast HPE 3PAR Storage, designed to offer the best value for the most demanding computing requirments.


    Voxility offers bare-metal servers designed with control features of a virtual server.


    vSAN ReadyNodes provide the most flexible server options to build Hyper-Converged Infrastructure based on VMware vSAN. Learn more about vSAN ReadyNodes.


    Webair's Bare Metal Server solutions are designed to meet the most demanding performance and uptime requirements. Featuring ample storage and generous bandwidth, coupled with enterprise-grade hardware and a 100% uptime guarantee, Webair's Bare Metal Servers ensure your infrastructure is operating at peak performance so you can focus on your core business.