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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Hypervisor

XenServer is well suited for all scenarios for deployment for a modern infrastructure. The weak link it has is of course for classic physical hardware that has key fobs or other telephony cards which aren't properly supported in a virtualized environment. Even if you have one physical server, virtualizing is the best practice to do.
Kristopher Leslie | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

Well suited for mainframe CKD based applications. There is unmatched synergy with IBM zSeries when compared to the competition, for example zHPF, SUPERPAV, zHyperLink, cache management and replication technologies. For distributed, the fact that Copy Services Manager comes with the box is a great move on IBMs part to provide replication capability no matter what the applicaiton. I think the DS8k is less suited for smaller distributed environments. I think product overlap with V9000 in this case
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Citrix Hypervisor
8.7
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)
Management console
Citrix Hypervisor
6.8
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)
Live virtual machine backup
Citrix Hypervisor
8.4
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)
Live virtual machine migration
Citrix Hypervisor
9.5
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)
Hypervisor-level security
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

Pros

Citrix Hypervisor

  • Manages upgrades to the pool of hypervisor hosts with relative ease through a console (if licensed).
  • Makes it easy to create machine templates and clones and move them around within the pool of hosts.
  • Handles failures reasonably well through the use of the pool database copied on each host
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

  • Remote Copy -- The DS8k has decades of excellent code built to handle the most demanding environments for mainframe or open systems and can be combined with automation solutions like GDPS or Copy Services Manager
  • Reliability and Availability -- This is the platform that gets used for the most demanding environments, even when FICON attachment isn't required
  • Continued enhancement -- IBM continues to put resources into the DS8k and the platform has advanced with the technology from z and power
  • Mainframe synergy -- Poughkeepsie communicates and works very closely with the DS8k developers
Ian Wright | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Citrix Hypervisor

  • Support - if free is what you need, great support is not what you'll get, keep in mind if support is necessary
  • Upgrades - the upgrade process is buggy and problematic at best
  • Partner Support - if you're looking for a product with multiple parters rolled in, I'd look elsewhere
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

  • The DS8000 family still lacks deduplication and compression algorithms.
  • For best results on replication enablement, optional Copy Services Manager is suggested.
Rusty Beard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 10.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

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Usability

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 6.1
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

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Reliability and Availability

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 5.5
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

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Performance

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 6.4
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

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Support Rating

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 8.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Jean Franco | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

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In-Person Training

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 2.7
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

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Online Training

Citrix Hypervisor

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 7.3
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

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Alternatives Considered

Citrix Hypervisor

The price is very good. Also, the support from the vendor in the process of implementation and maintenance is very important. Citrix offers this support. The implementation was easy, and gave us the ability to manage a large virtual infrastructure while reducing costs. The virtualization solution from Citrix offers more than other solutions had. Citrix is the best!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

DS8882F provides CKD storage in a manageable footprint. Its advantage over FlashSystem is its interoperability with IBM Z Systems
Tom Corrado | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 6.4
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

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Return on Investment

Citrix Hypervisor

  • We noticed a true ROI within the first 2 years of implementation. The longer hardware refresh cycles save organizations like ours a lot of money each year.
Scott McGee | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

  • I do not know the cost. If it prevents future system wide outages, it will be a great ROI for our company.
Timothy Choina | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Citrix Hypervisor

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Hypervisor
10.0
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

Usability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.1
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Hypervisor
5.5
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

Performance

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

Support Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
8.0
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

In-Person Training

Citrix Hypervisor
2.7
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

Implementation Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
7.3
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

Scalability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
IBM System Storage DS8900F (formerly DS8000)

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