Virtualization comparison & reviews

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Analysis expand Gica Livada
Romain Serre
by Roman Macek
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Pros
  • + - Citrix Hypervisor (former XenServer) it is OpenSource based
  • + - It is highly optimized for XenApp and XenDesktop workloads
  • + - Leader in virtual delivery of 3D professional graphics
  • + mature and feature-rich offering
  • + great ecosystem & support
  • + skills prevelant
  • + not specified
Cons
  • - - Less features in free edition. See https://tinyurl.com/yy2z5y6o
  • - - Niche product
  • - needs clear strategy for public cloud future
  • - comprehensive capability but can become expensive
  • - NSX leading SDN solution but skills scarce
  • - not specified
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Content Creator
The VIRTUALIST (Gica Livada) and Enzo Raso (Citrix)
THE VIRTUALIST
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Overview
Citrix Hypervisor 8 Enterprise Edition includes features that are not available in the Standard Edition, focused on enterprise customers needs, as well as Citrix support:
- Live patching and automated updates
- Conversion manager for vSphere
- Dynamic Workload Balancing & Audit Reporting (WLB)
- Accelerate Citrix Provisioning Services performance

For Standard vs Enterprise edition, please check: https://tinyurl.com/yy2z5y6o
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vSphere 6.5 Standard - Click Here For Overview
vSphere 6.0 Desktop - Click Here For Overview
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Maturity
Citrix Hypervisor 8 Release date April 2019
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.5 : November 15th 2016
  Pricing  
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Virtualization
Free or two commercial editions, pricing for Standard Edition is: $763 / socket, Premium: $1525/ socket - both including 1 year of software maintenance.
The Express Edition provides a reduced set of features and is not eligible for Citrix Support and Maintenance. Express Edition does not require a license. Hosts that are running the Express Edition of Citrix Hypervisor are labeled as “Unlicensed” in XenCenter.

Express Edition was called Free Edition in previous releases of Citrix Hypervisor. The name of the edition has changed to align with other Citrix products, but the features and capabilities provided by the edition have not changed.

Citrix Hypervisor uses the same licensing process as other Citrix products, and as such requires a valid license to be installed on a License Server.
Std: $995/socket + S&S:$273 (B) or $323 (Prod);
Std + Ops Mgmt: $1995 / socket + S&S:$419 (B) or $499 (Prod)
Desktop :
$65 / Powered on Desktop vm
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Management
Free (XenCenter)
$5,995(Std) + $1,259(B) or $1,499 (P)
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Bundle/Kit Pricing
Yes
yes
Horizon View Bundle, Horizon View Add-on to Bundle Upgrade
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Guest OS Licensing
No
VM Mobility and HA expand
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  VM Mobility  
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Live Migration of VMs
Yes XenMotion
Yes vMotion
- Cross vSwitch vMotion Only
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Migration Compatibility
Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
Yes (EVC)
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Maintenance Mode
Yes
Yes
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Automated Live Migration
Yes Workload Balancing
No
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Power Management
Yes Workload Balancing
No
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Storage Migration
Yes (Storage Live Migration)
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
  HA/DR  
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Cluster Size
64 hosts / resource pool
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max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
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Integrated HA (Restart vm)
Yes
Yes (VMware HA)
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Automatic VM Reset
No
Yes (VMware HA)
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VM Lockstep Protection
No
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 2 vCPUs.
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Application/Service HA
No
No
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Replication / Site Failover
Integrated Disaster Recovery
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Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
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Central Management
Yes (XenCenter)
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
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Virtual and Physical
Limited (plug-ins)
Limited (plug-ins)
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RBAC / AD-Integration
Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
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Cross-Vendor Mgmt
No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
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Browser Based Mgmt
Not directly with XenCenter but possible with XenOrchestra (Open Source)

More info: https://bit.ly/1gcmTYN
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
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Adv. Operation Management
Not included but available via Citrix Director
Limited (native) - vCenter Operations
Full (with Vendor Add-On: vRealize Operations)
  Updates and Backup  
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Hypervisor Upgrades
The XenCenter released with XenServer 7.0 allows updates to be applied to all versions of XenServer (commercial and free)
XenServer 7.1 introduced Live patching
Yes (Update Manager)
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VM Patching
Yes
Limited (Update Manager)
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Live VM Snapshot
Yes
Yes
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