Proxmox Virtual
Environment

Key Features

Proxmox Virtual Environment Platform

Solution for enterprise virtualization
that tightly integrates

Proxmox VE is a powerful open-source server virtualization platform to manage two virtualization technologies – KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) for virtual machines and LXC for containers – with a single web-based interface. It also integrates out-of-the-box-tools for configuring high availability between servers, software-defined storage, networking, and disaster recovery.

Features List

• Linux and Windows servers, 32 and 64 bit  operation systems.
• Support for the latest Intel and AMD server chip sets – for great VM performance.
• Performance relative to bare-metal for real-world enterprise workloads.
• Management layer containing all the capabilities to manage and monitor an open-source softwaredefined data center.

• Published under the free and open-source GNU Affero General Public License, version 3 (AGPL, V3: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.html).
• Designed for community cooperation.
• Public code repository (Git).
• Bugtracker for issue tracking.
• Community support forum.
• Documentation, wiki, video tutorials, HOW-TOs ,...

• Subscriptions to ensure business continuity.
• Exclusive access to the stable Enterprise Repository.
• Updates and version upgrades via GUI.
• Professional support from the Proxmox developers.

• No single point of failure (no SPOF).
• Multi-master cluster.
• Manage the HA settings for KVM and LXC via GUI.
• pmxcfs—unique Proxmox VE Cluster File System: database-driven file system for storing configuration files replicated in real-time on all nodes using Corosync.
• Based on proven Linux HA technologies, providing stable and reliable HA service.
• Resource agents for KVM and

• Manage all components of your virtual environment.
• CLI with intelligent tab completion.
• Full UNIX man page documentation.

• The Proxmox VE HA Manager uses self fencing provided by hardware Watchdog or kernel Softdog. 
• No simultaneous data access or corruption.
• Works „out-of-the-box“.
• Included Proxmox VE HA Simulator for testing.

• Integrated - no need to install a separate management tool or any additional management node.
• Fast, search-driven interface, able to handle thousands of VMs.
• Based on the Ext JS JavaScript framework.
• Secure HTML5 console, supporting SSL.
• Let's Encrypt TLS certificates via the DNS-based challenge mechanism (or http).
• Fast and easy creation of VMs and containers.
• Seamless integration and easy management of a
whole cluster.
• Subscription management via GUI.
• Integrated documentation

 

• Easy integration for third-party management tools.
• REST like API (JSON as primary data format).
• Easy and human readable data format (native web browser format).
• Full support for API tokens
• Automatic parameter verification (verification of return values).
• Automatic generation of the API documentation.
• Easy way to create command line tools (use the same API).
• Resource Oriented Architecture (ROA).
• Declarative API definition using JSON Schema.

• Local storage such as ZFS (encryption possible), LVM, LVMthin, ext4, and XFS.
• Shared storage such as FC, iSCSI or NFS.
• Distributed storage such as Ceph RBD or CephFS
• Encryption support for Ceph OSD and ZFS
• Unlimited number of storage definitions (clusterwide).

• Moving QEMU virtual servers from one physical host to another with zero downtime

• Built-in open-source storage replication framework.
• Redundancy for guests using local storage.
• Data availability without using shared storage.
• Asynchronous replication.
• Minimize data loss in the case of a failure.
• Improve reliability, fault-tolerance, and accessibility of your data.
• Supports live migration.

• Integrated Ceph, a distributed object store and file system.
• Run Ceph RBD and CephFS directly on the Proxmox VE cluster nodes and manage Ceph via GUI.
• Easy-to-use installation wizard for Ceph.
• Proxmox delivers its own Ceph packages.
• Ceph support is included in the support agreement.

• Bridged networking model.
• Each host with up to 4094 bridges.
• TCP/IP configuration.
• IPv4 and IPv6 support.
• VLANs.
• Open vSwitch.

• Supporting IPv4 and IPv6.
• Linux-based netfilter technology. Stateful firewall, provides high bandwidth.
• Distributed: main configuration in Proxmox VE cluster file system, iptable rules are stored in nodes.
• Cluster-wide settings.
• 3 levels of configuration (data center, host, VM/CT).
• Support for 'raw' tables; enable Synflood-Attack protection.

• Full backups of VMs and containers.
• Live snapshot backups.
• Multiple schedules and backup storage.
• GUI integrations, but also via CLI.
• "Backup Now" and restore via GUI.
• Run scheduled backup jobs manually in the GUI.
• All jobs from all nodes can be monitored via the GUI tab “Tasks”.
• Back up VMs with IOThreads enabled.

• Providing high security.
• 2 types: Time-based One Time Passwords (TOTP) and YubiKey.
• Enabled to use a hardware-based TOTP key.

• Proxmox VE supports multiple authentication sources.
• Linux PAM standard authentication (e.g., 'root' and other local users).
• Built-in Proxmox VE authentication server.
• Microsoft Active Directory (MS ADS).
• LDAP

• User and permission management for all objects (VMs, storage systems, nodes, etc.)
• Proxmox VE comes with a number of predefined roles (lists of privileges) which satisfies most needs. The GUI provides an overview the whole set of predefined roles.
• Permissions to control access to objects (access control lists). In technical terms they are simply a triple containing <path,user,role>. Each permission specifies a subject (user or group) and a role (set of privileges) on a specific path.

• Deploying VMs from templates is blazing fast, very comfortable, and if you use linked clones you can optimize your storage by using base images and thin-provisioning.
• Linked and full clones.

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