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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    8.6

    Citrix Hypervisor

    86%

    VMware vSAN

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Citrix Hypervisor ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    8.0
    80%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management console

    9.0
    90%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    9.0
    90%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    9.0
    90%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    8.0
    80%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Citrix Hypervisor is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • VMware vSAN is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    Citrix Hypervisor

    80%
    11 Ratings
    9.1

    VMware vSAN

    91%
    15 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Citrix Hypervisor

    100%
    3 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    6.1

    Citrix Hypervisor

    61%
    2 Ratings
    9.2

    VMware vSAN

    92%
    4 Ratings

    Availability

    5.5

    Citrix Hypervisor

    55%
    2 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    6.4

    Citrix Hypervisor

    64%
    2 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.0

    Citrix Hypervisor

    80%
    4 Ratings
    7.4

    VMware vSAN

    74%
    8 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    2.7

    Citrix Hypervisor

    27%
    1 Rating

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.3

    Citrix Hypervisor

    73%
    2 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Configurability

    5.5

    Citrix Hypervisor

    55%
    1 Rating

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    5.5

    Citrix Hypervisor

    55%
    1 Rating

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    6.4

    Citrix Hypervisor

    64%
    1 Rating

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    8.2

    Citrix Hypervisor

    82%
    1 Rating

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    8.2

    Citrix Hypervisor

    82%
    1 Rating

    VMware vSAN

    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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    VMware

    vSAN is well suited for any application that can run in Virtual Environment. vSAN serves better for VDI, NSX, and vSphere on Cloud solutions. vSAN is a good fit for small and medium business companies. vSAN can't be a good solution where you have Oracle Solaris or IBM power systems. vSAN can't provide storage space using FCP protocol.
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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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    VMware

    • VMware runs VSAN certification programs to make sure the OEM sells validated nodes. It helps customers to select appropriate certified ready nodes like Lenovo ThinkAgile VX which comes factory configured and easy to set up.
    • Hyperconverged solutions reduce real estate space and networking costs when compare with shared storage. The host overhead also less.
    • Supports All-Flash (SATA and NVMe SSDs) and Hybrid vSAN with HDD and SSD. So customers can choose cost-effective solutions appropriate to their workloads.
    • Supports different storage policies, RAID and duplication, and compression features and it makes a complete storage solution.
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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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    VMware

    • We were a fairly early adopter of VMware vSAN and as such experienced several growing pains.
    • We experienced a few bugs that took a few software versions upgrades to go mostly away.
    • The biggest issue we had overall was with host drivers. Even with vSAN ready node compatible hosts, you have to be very careful that the drivers for NIC and RAID controllers are right.
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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

      VMware vSAN

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      VMware vSAN 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

        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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        VMware

        No answers on this topic

        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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        VMware

        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.
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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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        VMware

        No answers on this topic

        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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        VMware

        No answers on this topic

        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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        VMware

        Support is (as always forVMware) top notch and easy to work with. The majority of computer companies are outsourcing their tech staff, and it seems they do as well. But their guys know the product well and are quick to respond to your ticket (if the severity is right!).
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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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        VMware

        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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        VMware

        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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        VMware

        No answers on this topic

        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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        VMware

        Currently[,] we are testing both technologies in a time frame so we [still know] after some years which one is the best, according to our loads' needs. We had VMware before moving to vSAN, one [of] many [reasons] to move to vSAN is the opportunity to make the jump in a continuous way. The basic infrastructure did not change, our tech team knowledge was maintained since we did not move to another vendor's solution.
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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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        VMware

        No answers on this topic

        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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        VMware

        • we have realized savings in the licensing compared to traditional storage (over $500,000 over the last 5 years)
        • we have realized ROI through efficiencies in our staff of approx $1MM (over the last 5 years)
        • also, positive impact on the time to value/speed of implementation allowed us to realize business objectives (Over $1MM of ROI)
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