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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

VMware vSAN

vSAN is well suited for many generic workloads and enterprise applications. The customer can easily start with a 2-3 node cluster and then scale out. Also, vSAN has to be considered along with other products such as VMware VCF and Horizon to get a complete solution from VMware and other benefits. vSAN uses FTT=1 and it requires double the amount of storage when RAID1 is used. Also, RAID5/6, deduplication, and compression have additional overhead and the customer has to exercise appropriately. Since HDD and SSD prices are comparable nowadays, vSAN All-Flash can provide seamless performance to many workloads such as VDI, SQL Server. Cloud, etc.
Chandrakandh Mouleeswaran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Citrix Hypervisor
8.7
VMware vSAN
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
VMware vSAN
Management console
Citrix Hypervisor
6.8
VMware vSAN
Live virtual machine backup
Citrix Hypervisor
8.4
VMware vSAN
Live virtual machine migration
Citrix Hypervisor
9.5
VMware vSAN
Hypervisor-level security
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
VMware vSAN

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

VMware vSAN

  • We are using VMware vSAN in our primary datacenters using relative in-expensive flash storage drives. This allowed us to really increase our storage performance over dedicated storage at a much lower overall price.
  • By buying ESX hosts that were only partially loaded with drives, we have great flexibility in adding additional capacity without much effort.
  • The volume management versus dedicated storage was greatly simplified. Each ESX cluster acts as one single large volume rather than having lots of carved up volumes all over the place as we did with dedicated storage.
  • Management is integrated directly into the vSphere client rather than having to go elsewhere.
Anonymous | 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

VMware vSAN

  • License politic from VMware.
  • Hard to meet all hardware compatibility on old servers hardware.
  • Balancing the disk usage in the vSAN cluster is sometimes hard.
Dmitry Malafeev | 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

VMware vSAN

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN 9.2
Based on 4 answers
Deploying and configuring VSAN is a relatively simple process for people that are already used to working in virtual environments, primarily for those that are familiar with vSphere. The compatibility of those two products is amazing. You shouldn't really encounter any issues and if you do, you surely did something wrong.
Anonymous | 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

VMware vSAN

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

VMware vSAN

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN 6.9
Based on 6 answers
I have not had the need to call VMware for support on vSAN, but they have always been very responsive and competent when it came to supporting vSphere issues we have had in the past.
Brent Runyan | 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

VMware vSAN

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

VMware vSAN

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

VMware vSAN

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

VMware vSAN

vSAN is far more integrated than any other SDS solution running on vSphere. It is also a simpler deployment and management model.
Philip Sellers | 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

VMware vSAN

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

VMware vSAN

  • Positive impact: lots of time saved.
  • Positive impact: ease of use is through the roof.
  • Negative: We use it so much we need more space already!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Citrix Hypervisor

General

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

VMware vSAN

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
VMware vSAN
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Hypervisor
10.0
VMware vSAN

Usability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.1
VMware vSAN
9.2

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Hypervisor
5.5
VMware vSAN

Performance

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
VMware vSAN

Support Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
8.0
VMware vSAN
6.9

In-Person Training

Citrix Hypervisor
2.7
VMware vSAN

Implementation Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
7.3
VMware vSAN

Scalability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
VMware vSAN

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