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Score 8.6 out of 100

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

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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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

This SolarWinds [Virtualization Manager (VMAN)] product, let you easily monitor your physical servers as well as your virtual. Depending on your environment, that can be a huge advantage.One interesting feature is the possibility to consolidate the data generated from our multi vendor infrastructure.
The map feature gives you a better understanding with the possibility to visualize host applications.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Citrix Hypervisor
8.7
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
Management console
Citrix Hypervisor
6.8
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
Live virtual machine backup
Citrix Hypervisor
8.4
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
Live virtual machine migration
Citrix Hypervisor
9.5
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
Hypervisor-level security
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

  • I created custom dashboards, to view the different elements of the virtual environment. For example, you can view the number of online VMs and those off, or disconnected. You can also choose to see the status of every virtual cluster, the storage disk usage on every VM, the RAM usage, CPU usage.
  • I used this application to see the growth of virtual memory in each cluster and accordingly do forecasting for future growth. A capacity planner included in this application would help in doing accurate estimations and setting a future upgrade budget.
  • Another powerful tool was the customized reports, where i could generate reports on any element of the VM or cluster. Reports can be exported to Excel or PDF and are very useful for sharing information with colleagues and management.
  • Alerts can be customized. For example, you can set a rule to get an email alert if any virtual server RAM usage exceeds 85% and send a text message if RAM usage exceeds 90% for more than 10 minutes.
Timothy Sawah | 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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

  • We did have issues during the setup, with successfully connecting to some of our hosts and vCenters and we found support were just sending us back to articles we had already read, it was also taking long periods before getting a response. The issue is still ongoing, in fact.
Rob Bates | 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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 8.2
Based on 7 answers
Currently, there is no other tool that gives us what we need to monitor a geographically disperse environment with multiple non-related instances of VM clusters. In addition, the level of reporting, historical data trending, and alerting that VMAN provides is essential for our business process. Lastly, the effort to customize and set up any monitoring system is not trivial. This makes switching to any other product very difficult without being able to clearly demonstrate a ROI.
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 8.8
Based on 7 answers
SolarWinds VMAN is easy to use for everyone. When I say everyone which literally means anyone e.g. Virtualization Environment SME, Consultant, Support Team, Management Officers etc.Anyone who have worked on IT technologies could easily deploy SolarWinds by reading videos, Thwack posts or Virtual Classrooms (Custom Success Centers) - this makes this application easy to operation and for maintenance support is always there.
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 8.2
Based on 2 answers
We have yet to enconter any issues in terms of availability. We have a highly available SQL cluster running Orion.
Rob Bates | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 6.4
Based on 2 answers
We find page load times to be quite slow at times. Flipping between tabs can also be very slow.
Rob Bates | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 8.2
Based on 9 answers
SolarWinds gives good support. I have never had a time when i was working through a support case where I did not get the support I needed for the required issues to be resolved. I have always had resolutions from SolarWinds support. They are top notch. Issues once had are no more.
Jeremy Mayfield | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 10.0
Based on 9 answers
Its really the best product on the market for someone looking to have total control over their VM environment. anyone interested should download a demo and try it, I know you will buy it after you do. It changing the way you have to manage on a daily basis
Jeremy Mayfield | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

Veeam ONE is a product to compare against SolarWinds Virtualization Manager. Veeam ONE is a solid product, however, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager has multiple product tie-ins for a bigger more complete picture of the total environment it is deployed in. It is hard to put a dollar amount on what complete views into all of your infrastructure can give you, but once you have it, it is hard to go back to anything else.
Anonymous | 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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Purchasing the correct license allows the platform to scale with your environment.
Rob Bates | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

  • Every business I have worked with who have adopted VMAN has seen an efficiency improvement. This means that they are able to run more guests on the same hardware, leading to an increased time before requiring further CAPEX for additional capacity.
  • Performance benefits, via heeding the recommendations within VMAN, are not to be underestimated. Once VMAN has enough metrics on your estate, it can quickly advise you which guests need more compute, but more importantly which ones are over-provisioined, and can have CPU/memory reduced! This leads to increased capacity.
Jez Marsh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Citrix Hypervisor

Pricing Details

Citrix Hypervisor

General

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
6.6

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Hypervisor
10.0
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
8.2

Usability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.1
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
8.8

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Hypervisor
5.5
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
8.2

Performance

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
6.4

Support Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
8.0
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
8.2

In-Person Training

Citrix Hypervisor
2.7
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

Implementation Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
7.3
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
10.0

Scalability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
9.1

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