12 Open Source/Commercial Control Panels For Virtual Machines (VM’s) Management

Automatic creation and management of virtual machines is a topical issue for any company that provides VPS services.

If you manage a large number of machines, a command line is definitely not the only tool you may need to perform various operations including client tasks, because such operations may be time-consuming.

12 Control Panels to Manage Virtual Machines

12 Control Panels to Manage Virtual Machines

In order to simplify routine tasks of server administrators and users, various companies develop control panels for virtual machines management, including interface-based solutions.

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A control panel empowers you to perform any operation with a mouse click, whereas it would take you a good deal of time to complete the same task in console. With a control panel, you will save your time and efforts. However, it’s not all that simple.

Nowadays, SolusVM is the most popular software product for small and medium-sized businesses. VMware, in its turn, is a leading solution for large organizations. Both software products are commercial and rather expensive.

They deliver a large number of functions, however, some companies, especially, startups may need them. Besides, many of them cannot afford such an expensive product. For example, startups and companies in the times of crisis may experience financial difficulties. Moreover, one can find interesting, outstanding solutions integrated with billing systems including tools for VM management.

How not to get lost among a great number of offers? We decided to help our users, and wrote the following article, in which they will find answers to this question.

In this article we will describe control panels for virtual machines management, both commercial and open source, and help you choose the right solution to meet your personal needs.

1. SolusVM – Solus Virtual Manager

Solus Virtual Manager (SolusVM) is one of the most popular commercial VPS management solutions. It provides full support of OpenVZ, Linux KVM, XEN Paravirtualization, and XEN HVM. SolusVM friendly GUI allows users to manage VPS cluster with ease.

SolusVM - VPS Management Software

SolusVM – VPS Management Software

Visit Homepage: http://solusvm.com/

2. VMware vSphere

VMware vSphere is the world’s leading server virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructure. With tons of its different powerful features, vSphere is a truely state-of-the-art software virtual machines management software. It is an ideal solution for large VPS providers with appropriate budgets and professional staff.

VMware vSphere

VMware vSphere

Visit Homepage: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere.html

3. VMmanager

Commercial Linux-based VPS management control panel with full support of KVM and OpenVZ virtualizations. VMmanager presents tools for creating virtual machines, providing VPS hosting services, and building cloud infrastructure.

In case your business is just taking off, or you generally don’t have large volumes, you can use a free version, which allows you to create 2 virtual machines, 5 nodes, and allocate 16 GB of RAM.

VMmanager Control Panel

VMmanager Control Panel

Visit Homepage: https://www.ispsystem.com/software/vmmanager

4. Proxmox Virtual Environment

Proxmox Virtual Environment is an easy-to-use open source virtualization platform for running Virtual Appliances and Virtual Machines. The software itself is free, but support services (even access to Community Forum) are provided on a paid basis – up to 66 euro per month.

Proxmox Virtual Environment

Proxmox Virtual Environment

Visit Homepage: https://www.proxmox.com/

5. Virtkick

Virtkick is a commercial “all-in-one” tool, which combines a billing software and VPS management tools. The GUI is minimalistic and easy to use even for VPS clients. Virtkick developers promote this solution to be a perfect tool for small data centers or game hosting services.

Virtkick Control Panel

Virtkick Control Panel

Visit Homepage: https://www.virtkick.com/

6. Sadeem

With its simple and elegant design, Sadeem control panel is very close to Virtkick. The only difference is that Sadeem is designed for cloud hosting providers. However, it also includes a built-in support system and a billing platform.

Sadeem Control Panel

Sadeem Control Panel

Visit Homepage: https://www.sadeem.io/

7. Archipel

Archipel is an open source solution for virtual machines management. With its help you’re able to manage few locally hosted VM’s or thousands of VPS located in different data center.

Archipel supports KVM, Xen, OpenVZ, and  VMWare virtualizations, and enables to perform all basic commands such as live migration, VMCasts, packages, etc.

Archipel Control Panel

Archipel Control Panel

Visit Homepage: http://archipelproject.org/

8. Virtualizor – VPS Control Panel

Virtualizor is a commercial VPS Control Panel from Softaculous developers. It supports OVZ, KVM, and Xen: PV/HVM/Server virtualizations. VPS administrators and average users can easily manage their virtual machines using this software product.

Virtualizor Control Panel

Virtualizor Control Panel

Visit Homepage: http://www.virtualizor.com/

9. Xen Orchestra

XO is a commercial web UI , which provides an intuitive, powerful, and completely web-based interface specially designed to manage XenServer (or Xen+XAPI) infrastructure (VM, servers, pools, etc.)

Xen Orchestra Control Panel

Xen Orchestra Control Panel

For more information how to install XenServer with Xen Orchestra web interface, read our articles:

  1. Installation of XenServer 7
  2. Install and Manage XenServer with Xen Orchestra Web Interface

10. Feathur Control Panel

Feathur is an open source project. This is a PHP-based control panel for administrators and individual users Feathur’s installers create a Linux-based Nginx, PHPand MySQL system (LEMP) with a built-in PHP MyAdmin and control of VPS via SSH connections.

Feathur Control Panel

Feathur Control Panel

Visit Homepage: http://feathur.com/

11. WebVirtMgr – VM Management Console

WebVirtMgr is an open source libvirt-based solution for VM management. It allows users to manage domains, and adjust a domain’s resource allocation. A VNC viewer over SSH tunnel deliversa full graphical console to a guest domain. Currently hypervisor supports only KVM virtualization.

WebVirtMgr - Virtual Machine Control Panel

WebVirtMgr – Virtual Machine Control Panel

Visit Homepage: https://www.webvirtmgr.net

12. OpenNode Cloud Platform

OpenNode Cloud Platform is an open source server virtualization and management solution, specially designed for government organizations. It offers an easy and flexible way for creating a private or hybrid cloud for public sector services.

OpenNode Cloud Platform

OpenNode Cloud Platform

Visit Homepage: http://opennodecloud.com/

We made an overview of 12 most popular control panels with web-interfaces for virtual machines management. We hope that our article helped you choose the best solution according to your specific needs, and made your business grow.

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11 Responses

  1. abcde says:

    Even tough this is from 2016 theres a lot wrong with the list some of the commercial solutions are a joke beside it should be 2 articles.

    one for cloud solutions (multiple server, central storage, virtual routers and stuff) and another the simple version
    mainly one or just a few server mainly web frontend for libvirt.

    on this note webvirtmanager is not developed in years which follows it footstepts (even tough i am not a fan of its limitations)

  2. Fan says:

    Hi Nikita Nesmiyanov ,

    Thanks for sharing, I have learned a lot of CP in your post. But I think you also can check another control panel that calls aapanel.

    Fan

  3. Orlin Vasilev says:

    really oVirt is missing from that list?!?!!

  4. Tarun dixit says:

    You forgot openxenmanager

  5. Miguel Castellanos says:

    Hello,

    I would like to share also our Private Cloud management system, it allows to automatically create virtual machines with an easy-to-use Web Interface. If you want to know more please check cloud-bricks docs

    Thanks a lot for this space!

    Miguel

  6. Roberson says:

    Nikita, I want to use to create virtual machine, Linux like RHEL, CentOS and some Windows Server.
    I want to create it, because I intend study and practice. I have my desktop with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and my laptop with linux mint. Through the linux mint on laptop I can control and manager my virtual machines or I can use them by own host.

    • Nikita Nesmiyanov says:

      Roberson, if you want to create one virtual machine for every OS (RHEL, CentOS and Windows Server), I think, you should use the command line to deploy VMs ’cause you’ll earn much more practice on manual deployment. Those panels that mentioned above are for situation when you need to deploy at least 50 VMs per day or when you need to automate VM sales.
      In your situation, to earn skills and practice, install libvirt (KVM) or openvz package on your desktop and then create/modify/delete VMs from your laptop via SSH. I think, it’s the best way for your purposes.
      Oh, by the way: usually, control panels install libvirt or openvz automatically.

    • Nikita Nesmiyanov says:

      Roberson, if you want to create one virtual machines for every OS (RHEL, CentOS and Windows Server), I think, you should use the command line to deploy VMs ’cause you’ll earn much more practice on manual deployment. Those panels that mentioned above are for situation when you need to deploy at least 50 VMs per day or when you need to automate VM sales.
      In your situation, to earn skills and practice, install libvirt (KVM) or openvz package on your desktop and then create/modify/delete VMs from your laptop via SSH. I think, it’s the best way for your purposes.
      Oh, by the way: usually, control panels install libvirt or openvz automatically.

  7. Roberson says:

    How are you Nikita.
    First of all, thank you for sharing with us your knownledgement. I wanna ask you, which tools of that mentioned aboveit’s the better for my use. Solus ? I going to install KVM following this guide https://www.tecmint.com/install-and-configure-kvm-in-linux/
    And, i’d like to know, which tools that you told above, is better. I can install this tools in the host that has the KVM or whenever ?

    Thanks

    • Nikita Nesmiyanov says:

      Hi, Roberson.
      Could you please share some details on what do you want to use the virtualization for? Depending on your answer I can give you a helpful comment.

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