Changes in VMware licensing. Is it time to migrate to Proxmox?

Michalina Staszewska Michalina Staszewska

Recently, the IT industry has been buzzing about changes in VMware licensing, especially regarding the end of free licenses and the introduction of paid subscriptions. These steps, taken after Broadcom’s acquisition of the company, have sparked a flurry of reactions among users and organizations using this popular virtualization platform.

Until recently, VMware offered free versions of its products, such as ESXi, which was an attractive option for many businesses, startups, and IT enthusiasts. However, since February 2024, the company has decided to end this practice, transitioning to a subscription model. As a result, many people are starting to consider alternative solutions.

One such alternative solution is Proxmox – an open-source platform that offers free tools for virtualization, container management, and data backup. Compared to VMware, Proxmox is popular for its flexibility, feature availability, and, of course, lack of licensing costs.

The rising costs of VMware licenses can significantly affect deployment decisions in the IT industry, especially among developers. As budgets become increasingly constrained, companies begin to seek savings and efficiency. This is where Proxmox emerges as an attractive alternative – not only because of the lack of fees but also due to its rich features and support for various environments.

Moving to Proxmox can bring many benefits. In addition to financial savings, users can enjoy full control over their virtualization environments, support for various technologies, and an active community that continuously provides new solutions and assistance.

Let’s analyze these solutions in terms of their pros and cons. As we know, every solution has them.



  • Functionality: VMware offers a wide range of advanced features, such as real-time migration, automation, resource management, and high-level security.
  • Enterprise Support: VMware provides comprehensive technical support and business solutions for enterprises of various sizes.
  • Flexibility: VMware provides flexibility in configuring and scaling virtualized infrastructure, allowing it to be tailored to individual needs and requirements.


  • Licensing Costs: One of the main drawbacks of VMware is the introduced licensing cost, which can be a significant burden for IT budgets, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Complexity: Some users may experience complexity and difficulties in managing the VMware platform, especially when configuring advanced features.
  • Closed Ecosystem: VMware is a closed ecosystem, meaning users are limited to using only products and solutions offered by VMware.



  • Cost-Free: Proxmox is an open-source solution that is free. This means users do not incur licensing costs, which is particularly attractive for small and medium-sized businesses.
  • User-Friendly: Proxmox offers a user-friendly interface and simple configuration, making it easy to manage the virtualization environment even for less experienced users.
  • Support: Proxmox provides support for both virtual machine and container virtualization, allowing flexible and efficient management of various workloads.
  • Active Community: The Proxmox community is very active and continuously develops new features and provides support to users on forums and discussion groups.
  • Market Stability: Proxmox has been a leader in the virtualization market for many years, making it a competitive solution compared to others.


  • Less Advanced Features: Compared to VMware, Proxmox may not offer such a wide range of advanced features and business solutions.
  • Limited Support: Despite the active community, Proxmox technical support may be less comprehensive than that offered by VMware, which may be problematic for enterprises with high requirements. This drawback can be addressed through Qlos’ actions. We specialize in VMware as well as Proxmox, so migration and support for your organization in the new technology are no problem for us.
  • Fewer Integrations with Third-Party Solutions: Proxmox may have fewer integrations with some third-party solutions than VMware, which may be important for companies using specific applications or tools.

Depending on individual needs, budget, and level of technical expertise, both VMware and Proxmox have their place in the virtualization market, offering different advantages and disadvantages.

Not familiar with Proxmox?

As experts in Proxmox deployment, we can support your organization at every stage of the migration process – from planning to implementation and maintenance. Contact us. It’s enough for us to talk and establish a plan.

In conclusion, changes in VMware licensing raise the question for many organizations: is it time to switch tools? We encourage you to consider this option, taking into account the financial benefits, functionality, and support offered by Proxmox, supported by the specialized services of our company.

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