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Feature Set Ratings

  • Citrix Hypervisor ranks higher in 1 feature set: Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization

8.6

Citrix Hypervisor

86%
8.1

Hyper-V

81%
Citrix Hypervisor ranks higher in 4/5 features

Virtual machine automated provisioning

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
7.9
79%
57 Ratings

Management console

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
7.9
79%
69 Ratings

Live virtual machine backup

9.0
90%
10 Ratings
8.5
85%
61 Ratings

Live virtual machine migration

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
8.1
81%
64 Ratings

Hypervisor-level security

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
8.1
81%
64 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Citrix Hypervisor is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • Hyper-V is rated higher in 10 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Availability, Performance, In-Person Training, Configurability, Ease of integration, Product Scalability, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Citrix Hypervisor

80%
11 Ratings
8.7

Hyper-V

87%
70 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Citrix Hypervisor

100%
3 Ratings
8.0

Hyper-V

80%
6 Ratings

Usability

6.1

Citrix Hypervisor

61%
2 Ratings
8.3

Hyper-V

83%
7 Ratings

Availability

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
2 Ratings
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
2 Ratings

Performance

6.4

Citrix Hypervisor

64%
2 Ratings
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

Citrix Hypervisor

80%
4 Ratings
7.9

Hyper-V

79%
30 Ratings

In-Person Training

2.7

Citrix Hypervisor

27%
1 Rating
8.0

Hyper-V

80%
1 Rating

Online Training

Citrix Hypervisor

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

7.3

Citrix Hypervisor

73%
2 Ratings
5.0

Hyper-V

50%
5 Ratings

Configurability

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
1 Rating
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
1 Rating
7.0

Hyper-V

70%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

6.4

Citrix Hypervisor

64%
1 Rating
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

8.2

Citrix Hypervisor

82%
1 Rating
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

8.2

Citrix Hypervisor

82%
1 Rating
9.0

Hyper-V

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix

The free version is a boon for small businesses that want to have a hypervisor but not the headaches of using something that requires licensing. It is more than adequate to compete with the lesser versions of Hyper-V or VMware. Any small business that wants to lessen its hardware footprint could benefit from this product. If you are a medium or large business it is also a nice addition to the cupboard if you already use other Citrix products and are familiar with the Citrix support process. Shops that are fully committed to VMWare or MS Hyper-V should probably avoid this as it would just act to dilute your system and add unneeded complexity. Citrix Hypervisor is not most common Hardware Hypervisor on the market but it is more than competent for most Enterprise Deployments.
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Microsoft

Because Hyper-V is a Microsoft product and based on Windows OS, creating virtual Windows servers and clients are easy. When we want to test our group policies it it best to do it on hyper-v environment then implement to production clients. The same goes with operating system quality and features updates as well as operating system upgrades.
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Pros

Citrix

  • Resource Monitoring is a good and I am able to monitor my entire infrastructure whether I'm using my iPhone remotely or while on any company-issued laptop to ensure our services run at peak efficiency.
  • CLI - the command line is not hard to use. It can take a little time to get used to the commands but once you have them down managing the environment from the GUI or CLI is pretty easy.
  • Backups are very easy to start and manage with XenCenter or XoA. Keeping business DR scenarios achievable.
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  • Easy to use GUI - very easy for someone with sufficient Windows experience - not necessarily a system administrator.
  • Provisioning VMs with different OSes - we mostly rely on different flavors of Windows Server, but having a few *nix distributions was not that difficult.
  • Managing virtual networks - we usually have 1 or 2 VLANs for our business purposes, but we are happy with the outcomes.
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Cons

Citrix

  • Adding or presenting additional storage to the host can often be a task that is far more involved than competitive products.
  • The product can require reboots more frequently than competitors due to the DOM kernel getting "hung up".
  • Sometimes when a virtual machine is deleted it still leaves behind orphaned vdisks.
  • Recovering from the loss of a host can sometimes cause virtual machines to require lengthy command prompt scripting to fix so they can be powered back on from another host.
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Microsoft

  • The only issue I have with Hyper-V is I am unable to use Veeam on my Windows 2016 Server to backup my FreeBSD HAProxy VM.
  • There is some sort of checkpoint issue that I have been unable to figure out, but it works just fine on my Windows 2012 Servers. I do believe this is a Microsoft issue and not a Veeam issue though.
  • Another thing that could be useful that Hyper-V does not have would be some sort of GUI that shows the status of all the VM's on a given server to help us manage them easier and know what is going on. However, I do have Zabbix for this and that does a good job at monitoring all my servers.
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Pricing Details

Citrix Hypervisor

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Citrix Hypervisor editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Hyper-V

    Starting Price

    $24.95 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Hyper-V editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Developer$24.951
    Bronze$49.002
    Silver$89.003
    Gold$135.004
    Platinum$199.005

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Citrix

    With the knowledge and usage of solutions from VMware and Microsoft offering more compelling cloud integrated options it makes it more compelling in many environments which I consult. XenServer is a good product and fits the bill in many smaller environments but as clients look to the cloud or a hybrid cloud it can in some cases make it a bit more difficult.
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    Microsoft

    Cheap and easy is the name of the game. It has great support, it doesn't require additional licenses, it works the same if it is a cluster or stand-alone, and all the servers can be centrally managed from a system center virtual machine manager server, even when located at remote sites.
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    Usability

    Citrix

    XenServer is quite usable due to the simplicity the management and installation provide for an administrator. The console for management is very intuitive and can easily be installed on any Windows operating system. There is a relatively simple web console that can be implemented as well that enhances the usability to provide service to non-administrators.
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    Microsoft

    It is very easy to configure new virtual machines and manage them. But you have to use different interfaces to perform various tasks. Especially as soon as it comes to clustering you have to use at least two different interfaces (Hyper-V Manager and Failover-Cluster Manager) to perform all necessary tasks. The newly released Windows Admin Center is a way into the right direction to get all management tasks into one single interface.
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    Reliability and Availability

    Citrix

    It's been a little problematic in the past at larger VDI deployments requiring a bit more care and feeding than other vendors. But the latest releases (6.5.x) have brought about huge improvements in the stability and availability.
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    Microsoft

    In the past 2 years our Hyper-V servers have only had a handful of instances where the VM's on them were unreachable and the physical Hyper-V server had to be restarted. One time this was due to a RAM issue with the physical box and was resolved when we stopped using dynamic memory in Hyper-V. The other times were after updates were installed and the physical box was not restarted after the updates were installed.
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    Performance

    Citrix

    When running like a top XenServer is a fantastic hypervisor. There is relatively low overhead on the Dom0 so workloads get the most of the resources.
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    Microsoft

    Hyper-V itself works quickly and rarely gave performance issues but this can be more attributed to the physical server specifications that the actual Hyper-V software in my opinion as Hyper-V technically just utilizes config files such as xml, and a data drive file (VHD, VHDX, etc) to perform its' duties.
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    Support Rating

    Citrix

    Anytime I had to request support from the Citrix Hypervisor website I had an instant answer and it was straight to the point. I also used the forums available to everyone and always had success from both the technical staff and from the community.
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    Microsoft

    Hyper-V is greatly supported by techs around the world. There are tons of forums, help websites and individuals ready to answer questions. I've never needed to contact Microsoft for help...because help is so easy to find out there. Do a search online for anything related to Hyper-V and you will certainly find an article with spelled out steps on how to do what you are looking to do.
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    In-Person Training

    Citrix

    Part of a training for certification to become a trainer for Citrix included an in-person training with a Master CCI. The XenServer training at this time was pretty simplified due to the product primarily being installed however you did have to work with it and mildly configure the system.
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    Microsoft

    We had in person training from a third party and while it was very in depth it was at a beginner's level and by the time we received the training we had advanced past this level so it was monotonous and redundant at that point. It was good training though and would have provided a solid foundation for learning the rest of Hyper-V had I had it from the beginning.
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    Online Training

    Citrix

    Haven't given it a real go with any online training however there are some options out there. I have taught a course following Citrix material for XenDesktop which leverages XenServer and it is pre-built so not the best for XenServer specifically for installation but configuration is mildly touched on
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    Microsoft

    The training was easy to read and find. There were good examples in the training and it is plentiful if you use third party resources also. It is not perfect as sometimes you may have a specific question and have to spend time learning or in the rare case you get an error you might have to research that error code which could have multiple causes.
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    Implementation Rating

    Citrix

    Ensure you review the HCL (hardware compatibility list) and reach out to the hardware vendors to ensure they support the platform and in case they have documentation that can be followed for the implementation. Also ensure the prerequisites are completed prior to implementation so that as few unexpected delays occur as you can control.
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    Microsoft

    initial configuration of hyper-v is intuitive to anyone familiar with windows and roles for basic items like single server deployments, storage and basic networking. the majority of the problems were with implementing advanced features like high availability and more complex networking. There is a lot of documentation on how to do it but it is not seamless, even to experienced virtualization professionals.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Citrix

    VMware seems to be the standard and is more widely accepted. However, Citrix Hypervisor, is easily learned and cheaper. We have also used VirtualBox to offer up ideas for other free products. VirtualBox seems to be easier for end users who just want simple VMs and not necessarily entire environments. Citrix is good for environment virtualization.
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    Microsoft

    While many have additional features or lower overhead the ease of use and low-cost licensing make Hyper-V our preferred choice for most clients. And because we are mostly a Microsoft shop and it is built on Windows when we need to troubleshoot the hypervisor itself we already have the needed skillset with very little additional training and no need to learn an additional OS like Linux.
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    Scalability

    Citrix

    The servers latest versions have made massive improvements to scalability. But from past experience there have been issues when running workloads for extended periods of time without reboot on the hosts. I would need to run similar workloads on the 6.5 release which has changed much of the bottlenecks or issues so I'd imagine its far more capable now, Perhaps able to stand near the best in the market.
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    Microsoft

    Nothing is perfect but Hyper-V does a great job of showing the necessary data to users to ensure that there is enough resources to perform essential functions. You can also select what fields show on the management console which is helpful for a quick glance. There are notifications that can be set up and if things go unnoticed and a Hyper-V server runs out of a resource it will safely and quickly shut down the VM's it needs to in order to ensure no Hardware failure or unnecessary data loss.
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    Return on Investment

    Citrix

    • Xenserver is easy to learn. We paid for support only for installation and deployment in the first three years, and now our team has the knowledge to solve most problems.
    • Low CAPEX if you have a team that uses open source software day by day.
    • But paid support is necessary to solve critical problems. The open source community is not enough. Actually, we have difficulty solving some bugs without paying for support.
    • Medium OPEX if you have a team that uses open source software day by day.
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    Microsoft

    • Hyper-V has provided for an extremely cost-effective virtual environment with disaster recovery. For the size of our business, it's all we need to ensure our desired level of continuity of services and protection against hardware failures.
    • Since we are a Windows shop, deploying Hyper-V means we don't have the added cost of a hypervisor, since it's included in the cost of the Windows Server license. It's all we needed to achieve our goal of running all our virtual machines on a single server with another, less expensive server on tap for replication and failover.
    • We wanted easy deployment and management with disaster recovery while having the ability to leverage our years of Windows SysAdmin experience. Hyper-V fit the bill.
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