We just received word that Proxmox VE 5.0 beta2 is out. The previous Proxmox VE 5.0 beta1 we covered in March 2017. Proxmox VE is an open source virtualization and container platform that adds unique storage and high-availability cluster management features all wrapped in a web GUI. Since it is based on Debian Linux, it is extremely flexible. Perhaps the best part is that there is both a “free” option as well as a reasonably priced paid support option as well. The Proxmox team released the new 5.0 beta2 which is bringing us closer to a final release.
We wanted to highlight this new version as it has some killer new features that the STH community will like. If you wanted to build an open source Linux based high-availability cluster with ZFS, Ceph or Gluster storage and a nice GUI, Proxmox is the best option out there at this time.
New Proxmox VE 5.0 Features
Proxmox VE 5.0 beta2 is based on Debian Stretch which means it comes with Linux Kernel 4.10. The new kernel has a slew of fixes and improvements that. That also means that the KVM virtualization in the upcoming Proxmox VE 5.0 should support Hyper-V nested virtualization for those building virtualization labs.
We have a guide to building an ultimate Linux virtualization and Docker development node using the Proxmox VE 5.0 beta train:
Beyond Proxmox VE 5.0’s updated base OS, there is one other feature we wanted to highlight, Proxmox is finally getting an updated Ceph implementation. The beta includes Ceph Luminous v126.96.36.199 (development) that will be the next LTS version of Ceph. The dev version was released in February 2017 with some long-awaited fixes for Bluestore and other areas that were not present in the Kraken release. The current Proxmox VE 4.4 is still on Ceph Jewel. We have been using Proxmox + Ceph for some of our development instances for some time now so we are excited about this release.
A few additional Proxmox VE Resources on STH: