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Proxmox : The Ultimate Guide to the best Opensource Virtualization 2021

Proxmox : The Ultimate Guide to the best Opensource Virtualization 2021

Proxmox is an affordable, secure, and open-source IT infrastructure, which is easy to se and and easy to deploy. As we know that the business continuity is heart of any organization, where we as IT Professionals need to ensure to prevent IT disruption. To keep business up and running we need to have best in class and affordable IT infrastructure.

Thanks to Proxmox which helped many businesses around the world with the opensource Server Solutions.

I will not go much into details about proxmox which you can read from the proxmox website, but I will list some of the key features in this article.

Proxmox has three major products – Proxmox Virtual Environment, Proxmox Backup Server, and Proxmox Mail Gateway.

Proxmox Virtual Environment

Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) is a comprehensive enterprise class open-source virtualization platform. It is a linux based Virtualization platform with in-built WEBUI. Managing Virtualziation Machines (VMs), Containers, Storage, Networking, Clustering, Storage and everything related to Virtualization can be easily managed using Proxmox.

Proxmox VE is a single solution for a complete virtualization solution for your need (free and opensource).

Key Features

  • Open Source
  • KVM Hypervisor and LXC Integration
  • Software Defined Storage
  • Networking Functionality
  • Web User Interface (Complete Web Interface)
  • High Availability (Clusters and Disaster Recovery Tools)
  • Scalable Computing and Storage
  • Supports 12TB RAM and 768 logical CPU per host.

Let us start building future-proof data center with Proxmox VE. Full Tutorial of PROXMOX VE is here.

Choosing Proxmox VE

If your organization has the financial resources to purchase and maintain Commercial licensing and can manage getting locked in to VMware or any other commercial virtualization on your hardware, you may benefit from the increased performance and usability. However, if you’ve got more experience or internal resources than money, your organization may benefit from the flexibility of Proxmox.

Operating Systems Supported

Proxmox runs on the Debian GNU operating system (OS) for Linux with a customized Linux kernel. It runs kernel-based virtual machines (KVM) for virtualization and Linux containers (LXC) for containerization.

Proxmox Use Cases

Proxmox is cloud computing and server consolidation, it is widely used for server isolation and software development for businesses of all sizes. It’s also a good choice for those who want to have full control over the IT Infrastructure.

I have been using it for Small/Medium Enterprise since 2009 when it’s Version 1.1 was released, since then I never faced any issue. Today I am using Version 6.3 which has more features and is stable.

I will recommend for small-medium Enterprise as It’s highly stable, flexible, scalable, and compatible.

Proxmox Backup Server

When it comes to disaster recovery, Backup and Restore is always concern of many IT professionals. Proxmox has solution to this as well. Proxmox Backup server is an Enterprise Backup Solution which helps to backup and restore the VMs, Containers and Physical Hosts and guess what. All is hassle free and easy to use.

Proxmox Backup Servers supports increment incremental backups, deduplication, Zstandard compression, and authenticated encryption.

Key Features

  • Open source
  • Backup and Restore
    • VMs
    • Containers
    • Physical Hosts
  • Backup Type
    • Incremental
    • Fully Deduplicated
  • Optimized Storage Utilization
  • Easy to Use
  • Simplied Management using Web UI

Proxmox Mail Gateway

From my personal experience, I have seen that Email Server is always under attack. Protecting email servers against all threats is challenge. But, thanks to Proxmox Mail Gateway, which is again an open-source email security solution. With many features, mail proxy can be deployed easily between firewall and internal mail sever within few minutes.

Key Features

  • Open source
  • Anti-Spam
  • Anti-Virus
  • Mail Proxy
  • Web UI
  • Any size of Organization

Download Proxmox

Latest Version of Proxmox Is available on the website you can download community edition directly from the website;

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