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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

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

Server Virtualization

8.6

Citrix Hypervisor

86%
8.5

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

85%
Citrix Hypervisor ranks higher in 3/5 features

Virtual machine automated provisioning

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
8.4
84%
23 Ratings

Management console

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
8.4
84%
23 Ratings

Live virtual machine backup

9.0
90%
10 Ratings
8.5
85%
22 Ratings

Live virtual machine migration

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
8.5
85%
21 Ratings

Hypervisor-level security

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
8.8
88%
23 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Citrix Hypervisor is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
  • IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions is rated higher in 7 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, Implementation Rating, Product Scalability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Citrix Hypervisor

80%
11 Ratings
8.2

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

82%
23 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Citrix Hypervisor

100%
3 Ratings
8.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

80%
1 Rating

Usability

6.1

Citrix Hypervisor

61%
2 Ratings
9.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

90%
3 Ratings

Availability

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
2 Ratings
9.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

90%
2 Ratings

Performance

6.4

Citrix Hypervisor

64%
2 Ratings
9.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

Citrix Hypervisor

80%
4 Ratings
9.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

90%
10 Ratings

In-Person Training

2.7

Citrix Hypervisor

27%
1 Rating

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.3

Citrix Hypervisor

73%
2 Ratings
7.5

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

75%
4 Ratings

Configurability

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
1 Rating

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
1 Rating

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

6.4

Citrix Hypervisor

64%
1 Rating
8.0

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

80%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

8.2

Citrix Hypervisor

82%
1 Rating

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

8.2

Citrix Hypervisor

82%
1 Rating

IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

N/A
0 Ratings

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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IBM

I think IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions would be a good fit for a medium to a large company looking to outsource their current in-house VMware products. The IBM solution would allow them to outsource their current infrastructure so that the company could then concentrate on their core business, whatever that may be. A smaller company with a smaller VMware footprint would probably not be a good fit here. It's a pretty complex process to get things started, so it might not be worth it for a smaller company.
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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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IBM

  • Adaptable valuing relying upon size and scale.
  • The presentation is first rate. Our on-prem climate was continually experiencing slack and general languor. With IBM running everything, it's much smoother.
  • Start another group as little as one ESXi worker or scale a current bunch.
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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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IBM

  • Support is horrible and or non-existent
  • Documentation is out of date and incorrect for the most part
  • IBM employees and salespeople are not aware of features or offerings
  • Does not integrate the Zerto, only Veeam and has limited options for data migration
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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

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    Starting Price

    $9 Per gigabyte of network and bandwidth egress (monthly)

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    On-demand0.01011
    On-demand0.092
    On-demand0.0000683
    Reserved (monthly or 730 hours)12.804
    Reserved (monthly or 730 hours)0.095
    Reserved (monthly or 730 hours)0.0000686
    Add-on13.007
    Add-on0.0001648
    Add-on0.0000419

    Footnotes

    1. Per vCPU (hourly)
    2. Per gigabyte of network and bandwidth egress (monthly)
    3. 0.25 IOPs 1 GB
    4. Microsoft license (monthly) per 1 vCPU²
    5. Per gigabyte of network and bandwidth egress (monthly)
    6. 0.25 IOPs 1 GB (Per gigabyte of storage (hourly))
    7. Veeam backup license
    8. IBM Cloud Block Storage 1 GB (hourly)
    9. IBM Cloud Object Storage Cross-Regional Smart Tier 1 GB (hourly)

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    See console for details: https://cloud.ibm.com/infrastructure/vmware-solutions/console/ordernew/vdc.

    Pricing Info

    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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    IBM

    We are highly likely to renew this product as it has quickly very integral across our organization and is useful in almost all of our core data analytics and business processes. We have to ensure the cost side is manageable and still worth it upon renewal - but don't see this as a major hurdle
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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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    IBM

    It is easy to use and setting it up is simple. The only con is that the pricing is a little bit high as well as documentation is a little low; so we had to do some personal learning to be able to fully utilize the product, or hop on the phone with someone.
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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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    IBM

    We view IBM as one of the most reliable vendors we have dealt with from an availability perspective. No issue whatsoever in terms of getting answers and solutions in a timely manner when we need them.
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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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    IBM

    We use this product both on a stand alone basis and have also integrated it with various internal systems. We have not experienced any delay / issues when using the product in either instance - excellent and consistent performer across the board
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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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    IBM

    Overall, just a great experience here. No one in my opinion gets a perfect 10/10 rating (no one is ever perfect), so 9/10 is probably as good as it gets! From initial planning to post implementation support, the IBM Cloud and professional services has been there for my group as much as we have needed them. Great job!
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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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    IBM

    No answers on this topic

    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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    IBM

    No answers on this topic

    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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    IBM

    IBM professional services helped us plan and implement the project with great success. They guided the project from planning, scoping, pre-implementation, testing, roll-out, then production and post-production support. We were very impressed with their knowledge of VMware and really appreciated their desire to make our project a success. I would highly recommend them!
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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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    IBM

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions stacks up against them, we fully agree there are so many features in IBM cloud for VMware Solutions that make it unique and different. The system provides us hypervisor security level and the system even has live backup and storage capacity of data. This system provides us with accuracy that helps us to reduce errors and vulnerability.
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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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    IBM

    The product is highly scalable - our primary concern upon implementation was this very issue. We found it integrates with our own internal systems in a very seamless manner - have had absolutely no issues on this front
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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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    IBM

    • It has a positive impact on the cost required to maintain our vSphere environment by allowing us to get rid of our vsphere hardware and not worry about maintenance either.
    • There have been very few negatives, but one would definitely be the open-ended cost associated with cloud products in general.
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