Virtualization comparison & reviews

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Analysis expand by Roman Macek Gica Livada
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Pros
  • + mature and feature-rich offering
  • + great ecosystem & support
  • + skills prevelant
  • + - 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
Cons
  • - needs clear strategy for public cloud future
  • - comprehensive capability but can become expensive
  • - NSX leading SDN solution but skills scarce
  • - - 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
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THE VIRTUALIST
The VIRTUALIST (Gica Livada) and Enzo Raso (Citrix)
THE VIRTUALIST
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Overview
vSphere 6.7 Enterprise Plus - Click Here For Overview
Citrix Hypervisor 8 Standard Edition includes Citrix support. It extends alignment with XenApp and XenDesktop release cycles while the expanded XenServer Enterprise entitlement ensures you can leverage unique app and desktop performance integrations only available with XenServer. For Standard vs Enterprise edition, please check: https://tinyurl.com/yy2z5y6o
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vSphere 6.5 Enterprise Plus - Click Here For Overview
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Maturity
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.7 : April 17th 2018
Citrix Hypervisor 8 Release date April 2019
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.5 : November 15th 2016
  Pricing  
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Virtualization
Ent+ :
$3,305/socket + S&S 1Y: $693 (B) or $825 (Prod)
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.
Ent+ :
$3,495/socket + S&S 1Y: $734 (B) or $874 (Prod)
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Management
$5,835(Std) + $1,224(B) or $1,458 (P)
Free (XenCenter)
$5,995(Std) + $1,259(B) or $1,499 (P)
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Bundle/Kit Pricing
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Guest OS Licensing
No
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  VM Mobility  
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Live Migration of VMs
Yes (vMotion)
Yes XenMotion
Yes (vMotion)
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Migration Compatibility
Yes (EVC)
Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
Yes (EVC)
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Maintenance Mode
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Automated Live Migration
Yes (DRS) - CPU, Mem
No, Workload Balancing
Yes (DRS) - CPU, Mem
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Power Management
Yes (DPM)
No Workload Balancing
Yes (DPM)
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Storage Migration
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
Yes (Storage Live Migration)
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
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Cluster Size
max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
64 hosts / resource pool
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max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
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Integrated HA (Restart vm)
Yes (VMware HA)
Yes
Yes (VMware HA)
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Automatic VM Reset
Yes (VMware HA)
No
Yes (VMware HA)
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VM Lockstep Protection
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 8 vCPUs. 128 GB RAM.
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No
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 4 vCPUs.
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Application/Service HA
App HA
No
App HA
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Replication / Site Failover
Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
Integrated Disaster Recovery
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Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
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Central Management
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
Yes (XenCenter)
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
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Virtual and Physical
Limited (plug-ins)
Limited (plug-ins)
Limited (plug-ins)
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RBAC / AD-Integration
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
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Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
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Cross-Vendor Mgmt
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
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Browser Based Mgmt
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
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
Limited (native) - vCenter Operations
Full (with Vendor Add-On: vRealize Operations)
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
Yes (Update Manager)
The XenCenter released with XenServer 7.0 allows updates to be applied to all versions of XenServer (commercial and free)
Yes (Update Manager)
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VM Patching
Limited (Update Manager)
No
Limited (Update Manager)
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Live VM Snapshot
Yes