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Feature Set Ratings

  • vSphere ranks higher in 1 feature set: Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization

8.6

Citrix Hypervisor

86%
9.3

vSphere

93%
vSphere ranks higher in 5/5 features

Virtual machine automated provisioning

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
9.1
91%
60 Ratings

Management console

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
9.4
94%
65 Ratings

Live virtual machine backup

9.0
90%
10 Ratings
9.0
90%
58 Ratings

Live virtual machine migration

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
9.5
95%
63 Ratings

Hypervisor-level security

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
9.2
92%
60 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • vSphere is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • Citrix Hypervisor and vSphere are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Citrix Hypervisor

80%
11 Ratings
9.4

vSphere

94%
68 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Citrix Hypervisor

100%
3 Ratings
10.0

vSphere

100%
6 Ratings

Usability

6.1

Citrix Hypervisor

61%
2 Ratings
9.3

vSphere

93%
12 Ratings

Availability

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
2 Ratings

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

6.4

Citrix Hypervisor

64%
2 Ratings

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

Citrix Hypervisor

80%
4 Ratings
9.1

vSphere

91%
37 Ratings

In-Person Training

2.7

Citrix Hypervisor

27%
1 Rating

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.3

Citrix Hypervisor

73%
2 Ratings
9.0

vSphere

90%
4 Ratings

Configurability

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
1 Rating

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Contract Terms and Pricing Model

Citrix Hypervisor

N/A
0 Ratings
8.7

vSphere

87%
7 Ratings

Ease of integration

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
1 Rating

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

6.4

Citrix Hypervisor

64%
1 Rating

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Professional Services

Citrix Hypervisor

N/A
0 Ratings
9.8

vSphere

98%
4 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

8.2

Citrix Hypervisor

82%
1 Rating

vSphere

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

8.2

Citrix Hypervisor

82%
1 Rating

vSphere

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

vSphere is well suited for multiple VMWare hosts and can be very useful in larger enterprises where vMotion is used to load balance and failover running virtual machines. In smaller businesses with one or two hosts then the features can be overkill. The addition of virtual TPM support is a very nice addition to provide vm security in a more Microsoft supported methodology.
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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

  • vMotion that provides seamless movement of Virtual Machines between physical hosts and datastores.
  • Ease of Manage: vCenter provides very good management experience to the users.
  • It provides hassle free upgrade of versions, which requires good planning.
  • Easy to manage datastore, networks, CPU and memory resources.
  • It also allows to convert the physical machine and bring it to vSphere Environment with minimum effort.
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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

  • Allow enable EVC without requiring host shutdown
  • More detail in recent tasks. Instead of just showing a task called "Reconfigure virtual machine" also have a link to more detailed information as to what was reconfigured, changed or removed.
  • Allow searching tasks or events
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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

    vSphere

    Starting Price

    $995 per year

    Editions & Modules

    vSphere editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Standard$995.001
    Enterprise$3,995.002

    Footnotes

    1. per year
    2. per year

    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

    We are constantly looking for change that will benefit our company. We are not ones to stick with a product simply because it is what we know, but rather looking for what fits us best. We can't imagine another product on the market today doing a better job of handling our infrastructure than vSphere.
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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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    VMware

    It is a highly documented suite. If you are unsure of how to do something, a simple search will yield hundreds of results showing you how to do it. Support is also available if you need to talk to an expert.
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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

    I rarely ever have to contact support and when I do need to resolve an issue, there is always an abundance of kb articles and research information available that can help quickly resolve the issue. Depending on the type of support contract you have, you may get support from some offshore group in another country and this could be a little challenging because of the language barrier.
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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

    Just make sure that when you implement, that the person implementing truly knows what they are doing and has a plan of action coming in. Since our initial implementation using a consulting service, I have implemented a few vSphere just from what I learned at the initial implementation and use over time, and the person implementing really needs to know what they are doing or you will miss out on features that may help you down the line
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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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    VMware

    vSphere has a lot more feature sets than Hyper-V but at a much higher cost of entry versus MS Hyper-V. I have not been able to play with Hyper-V as much as I would have liked, but the setup and ongoing maintenance seems to be easier in vSphere than with Hyper-V
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    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    Citrix

    No answers on this topic

    VMware

    The pricing of the product is high as compared to the other products available in the market. All the editions have different pricing you can choose according to your need. The pricing is expensive but it is worth it. You can check the requirements on the company website as per the number of VMs and ESXi hosts.
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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

    Professional Services

    Citrix

    No answers on this topic

    VMware

    As I said earlier, they're always ready to understand our issues and propose the best and most appropriate solution for issues all the time. The security patches solution is accordingly to the business needs. Another scenario is their Knowledge Base where
    they're many articles that help you in order to solve something which
    is wrong.
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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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    VMware

    • Having vSphere helped my business quickly recover from a ransomware attack which would have crippled us for weeks if we were not virtualized. I think the ROI on something like that is immeasurable.
    • vSphere has allowed my company to purchase bigger server hardware to host 3 or 4 virtual servers, which was at a cost much lower than buying 3 or 4 server hardware boxes, saving us thousands each time we need to upgrade hardware.
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