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Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Profile Management

This allows remote workers great flexibility. You can setup working profiles that are tailored to the end users' needs to assist them in being more productive. This also allows you to view idle sessions to see how productive your remote end users are. You can set timers to only allow access during certain times of day. You can also set auto log off for sessions.
Ed Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

I do like [VMware] ESXi, but the pricing is hard to swallow for a smaller company. I love the ability to have many options for backup solutions, like Veeam, but the functionality you get for the pricing can be hard to justify. That being said, if you are not virtualized, I definitely recommend something like VMware to get virtual[.]
Tom Blazek | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Citrix Profile Management
VMware ESXi
9.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Citrix Profile Management
VMware ESXi
9.0
Management console
Citrix Profile Management
VMware ESXi
8.7
Live virtual machine backup
Citrix Profile Management
VMware ESXi
8.9
Live virtual machine migration
Citrix Profile Management
VMware ESXi
9.7
Hypervisor-level security
Citrix Profile Management
VMware ESXi
8.7

Pros

Citrix Profile Management

  • UPM does extend the features of Microsoft roaming profiles. It gives you the ability to load ADM files and create group policies to set settings.
  • With UPM you are able to include or exclude files and folders in a user's profile.
  • There are some tie ins between UPM and Citrix Director to give administrators the ability to quickly see the size of the user's profile.
Ben Tusa | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • High availability/vMotion for hosted VMs is a must-have in any business. No one wants their systems to fail, knowing that the hosted systems are protected and always available is a great stress reliever.
  • Load and resource balancing (with proper licensing) keeps busy servers from consuming all available resources on a given host. DRS and StorageDRS make short work of balancing workloads, I find this a must-have feature.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Citrix Profile Management

  • Disconnected session sometimes doesn't clear properly.
Ed Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • The vSphere / vCenter GUI is complex. This is because there is just a crap-top of stuff that ESXi manages, so there is frankly a crap-top of necessary stuff that you have been able to manage in the user interfaces. The learning curve is a little steep. Just because it does a lot of things.
  • Live (powered on) ESXi snapshots of VMs still don't act as SQL backups very well. Snapshots can't backup SQL reliably because of the architecture of SQL and how it interacts with the live resources running on the VM. This is one of the many reasons why taking a snapshot works better when the VM is powered off. This is also why we don't rely only on snapshots to backup our VMs. We also use Veeam and for critical SQL databases we use native SQL backups and in one case, another backup solution (Veritas) that can do SQL better.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Profile Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 3.8
Based on 2 answers
Me, not likely as my current company doesn't use it nor do I use it at home. However, I don't see my previous company ever switching away from it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Citrix Profile Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The interface is fairly intuitive for most things, and the areas that are a little less obvious usually have fantastic documentation in the online knowledgebase. In 3-4 years of managing our ESXi hosts, I think that I have only opened 4-5 support cases for things that I could not figure out myself or find answers to on the website.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Citrix Profile Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 8.9
Based on 72 answers
I have had to use support within VMware for ESXi twice in my 13 years of VMware administration. I am not counting times where VMware had to step in due to hardware issues or something similar to that. The two times I have engaged VMware support, I was pleasantly surprised in how they handled my issue and how they were sure everything was resolved for me.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Citrix Profile Management

We decided to use Citrix UPM because it was included in our XenDesktop purchase. There was no additional cost for us to do so. It extends the features of Microsoft Roaming Profiles.
Ben Tusa | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

We did consider and have looked at MS Hyper-V a couple times over the years, but didn't like the perceived complexity (although we were biased by our understanding and use of ESX). We also (again fairly or not) didn't like the idea of MS servers being the underlying architecture with the current status of patching/upgrading.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Citrix Profile Management

  • CPM is a must to manage Citrix user.
Ed Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • As an early adopter of VMWare, we have see a tremendous ROI in our ability to be agile in our deployments
  • VMWare has made our backup simple for areas of our business not covered under our Snap Mirror; things such as our Synology as we use the API to backup VMDKs regularly. This is priceless to us.
  • VMWare has simplified the organization of machine roles which has cut down on man hour required to administrate our systems.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Citrix Profile Management

General

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

VMware ESXi

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Profile Management
10.0
VMware ESXi
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Profile Management
VMware ESXi
3.8

Usability

Citrix Profile Management
VMware ESXi
10.0

Support Rating

Citrix Profile Management
VMware ESXi
8.9

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