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batijuank

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Can Proxmox VE be installed on ARM server? If so, those anyone has done it yet? And finally, I'm currently working in a small factory (less than 100 users), we want to setup a High Aviability Cluster with 3 nodes, since our workload per user is not high, we thought of using ARM servers, is this possible?
 
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guletz

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Hi,

As I remember you can not use proxmox on ARM, but if your ARM cpu have hw virtualization you can create a VM and then you can install proxmox in this VM. But I think that this is not a very nice setup. I test for myself some years ago on a ARM (odrod c2)and the performance was not I have expected; )
 
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batijuank

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That's a shame, I really like the idea of having ARM CPU servers with Proxmox, as they are cheaper and consume less power, for small business with low workloads, this is something to worth having.

Anyway, I would like this info you gave to be confirmed by Proxmox itself.
 

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There's a work-in-progress with some patches to get things going on the devel list which is runnable, but there's no official support or release yet (and therefore incompatibilities to be expected between versions). ARM hardware can be a bit annoying to support in a "generic" way, kernel-wise, and unfortunately many of the smaller platforms which I'd expect people to be testing around with (and which would therefore be nice to be working out of the box) either don't provider kernel sources in a usable way, or with no clear upstream base to figure out what they're doing, or not at all, and often don't work with mainline kernels, and/or take so long to get things upstream that they're simply not of interest anymore by then...
 
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Jianwen Zhu

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I suggest to only support ARM servers and the available server platforms in this case are really limited. We have access to some
server boxes and can volunteer to test.

Re whether it is economically justified to
support — I think it is about preparing for
the future. It is rather chick-and-egg problem:
without software like proxmox in the ecosystem, ARM will never take off;
And without ARM server having some
momentum, software is never justified
to develop. I do think for the same
economic reason VMWare won’t
get into ARM, but that’s where Proxmox
may carve some niche. My 2 cents.

There's a work-in-progress with some patches to get things going on the devel list which is runnable, but there's no official support or release yet (and therefore incompatibilities to be expected between versions). ARM hardware can be a bit annoying to support in a "generic" way, kernel-wise, and unfortunately many of the smaller platforms which I'd expect people to be testing around with (and which would therefore be nice to be working out of the box) either don't provider kernel sources in a usable way, or with no clear upstream base to figure out what they're doing, or not at all, and often don't work with mainline kernels, and/or take so long to get things upstream that they're simply not of interest anymore by then...
 
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LEE THOONG CHING

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I suggest to only support ARM servers and the available server platforms in this case are really limited. We have access to some
server boxes and can volunteer to test.

Re whether it is economically justified to
support — I think it is about preparing for
the future. It is rather chick-and-egg problem:
without software like proxmox in the ecosystem, ARM will never take off;
And without ARM server having some
momentum, software is never justified
to develop. I do think for the same
economic reason VMWare won’t
get into ARM, but that’s where Proxmox
may carve some niche. My 2 cents.
Which model of ARM server are you working on now ? ThunderX2 ? We really want to explore the possibility of going N cores with many motherboards with many Gbps to run LXC as many as we can.
 

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