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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Feature Set Ratings

  • Citrix Hypervisor ranks higher in 1 feature set: Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization

8.6

Citrix Hypervisor

86%
6.8

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

68%
Citrix Hypervisor ranks higher in 4/5 features

Virtual machine automated provisioning

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Management console

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Live virtual machine backup

9.0
90%
10 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Live virtual machine migration

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
6.0
60%
2 Ratings

Hypervisor-level security

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
10.0
100%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Citrix Hypervisor

80%
11 Ratings
10.0

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Citrix Hypervisor

100%
3 Ratings

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

6.1

Citrix Hypervisor

61%
2 Ratings

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
2 Ratings

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

6.4

Citrix Hypervisor

64%
2 Ratings

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

Citrix Hypervisor

80%
4 Ratings

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

In-Person Training

2.7

Citrix Hypervisor

27%
1 Rating

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.3

Citrix Hypervisor

73%
2 Ratings

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
1 Rating

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

5.5

Citrix Hypervisor

55%
1 Rating

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

6.4

Citrix Hypervisor

64%
1 Rating

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

8.2

Citrix Hypervisor

82%
1 Rating

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

8.2

Citrix Hypervisor

82%
1 Rating

vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)

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

It is very suitable for small businesses as server virtualization works very well and you can still count on Operations to make managing your virtual datacenter easier. It is not very suitable for large data centers, as this would require more management software such as Automation, Business, Loginsight and NSX.
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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

  • The best thing about VSOM is that it's built into VCenter so you only have one point of administration
  • VSOM does a great job of making applications intuitive
  • Re-IPing virtual machines are a must and VSOM does a great job of making this a simple process
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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

  • vSphere replication which is a replication tool but doesn't work very well on its own, it needs the site recovery manager which is an off-the-shelf license.
  • vSphere Data Protection that was included in vSOM did not work well and was very limited backup software.
  • Operations interface is a little tricky to use, needs a good knowledge, could be more intuitive.
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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 with Operations Management (discontinued)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued) 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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      vSphere with Operations Management has a much better way of automating the re-IPing of servers so you can stand them up in a different environment or location. You do, however, need another way of replicating your servers to your DR site, VSOM will not do that. We used EMC Recover Point for replication.
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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

      • I was able to virtualize physical servers, greatly reducing the cost of space and management time.
      • I performed replications between data centers and already needed to use it, which worked very well and I didn't have much downtime.
      • I saved a lot of space from undersized resources using operations.
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