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  • + mature and feature-rich offering
  • + great ecosystem & support
  • + skills prevelant
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Cons
  • - needs clear strategy for public cloud future
  • - comprehensive capability but can become expensive
  • - NSX leading SDN solution but skills scarce
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General
60%
86%
58%
Content
Content Creator
Enzo Raso (Citrix) and The VIRTUALIST
Content created by Virtualizationmatrix; (Contributors: Jon Benedict, Yaniv Dary, Raissa Tona, Larry W. Bailey)
Assessment
Overview
vSphere 6.7 with Operations Management Enterprise Plus - Click Here For Overview
XenServer 7 Standard Edition includes Citrix support. XenServer 7.0 Standard Edition includes the following new features:
-Health Check
-Open FCoE support
-Software-boot-from-iSCSI for Cisco UCS
-Support Windows Server Containers
-Greatly increased configuration limits for host and guest memory as well as physical and virtual CPUs
-Static guest IP setting

For Standard vs Enterprise edition, please check: http://bit.ly/2ddQiVL
RHV 4.0 - Click Here For Details
Maturity
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.7 : April 17th 2018
XenServer 7 Release date May 2016
RHV 4.0 released in August 2016
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Market Position
Leader (Position 1)
Niche Quadrant (behind VMware and MS)
Pricing
Virtualization
OM Ent+ :
$4,275/socket + S&S 1Y: $897 (B) or $1,068 (Prod)
Open Source (free) or two commercial editions, pricing for Standard Edition is: Annual: $345 / socket, Perpetual: $763 / socket - both including 1 year of software maintenance.
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Management
$5,835(Std) + $1,224(B) or $1,458 (P)
Free (XenCenter)
Included in hypervisor subscription
Bundle/Kit Pricing
Yes, combined RHEL and RHV offering 26% savings
Guest OS Licensing
RHV: No included (RHEL: 1/4/unlimited)
VM Mobility and HA
60%
86%
58%
VM Mobility
Live Migration of VMs
Yes XenMotion (1)
Migration Compatibility
Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
Maintenance Mode
Automated Live Migration
Yes (DRS) - CPU, Mem
No Workload Balancing
Yes - Built-in (CPU\Memory) and plugable scheduler
Power Management
No Workload Balancing
Storage Migration
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
Yes (Storage XenMotion)
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HA/DR
Cluster Size
max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
16 hosts / resource pool
200 hosts/cluster
Integrated HA (Restart vm)
Yes (VMware HA)
Automatic VM Reset
Yes (VMware HA)
Yes (HA, WatchDog)
VM Lockstep Protection
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 8 vCPUs. 128 GB RAM.
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Application/Service HA
No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: Red Hat Cluster Suite)
Replication / Site Failover
Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
Integrated Disaster Recovery (no storage array control)
No - See Details
Management
60%
86%
58%
General
Central Management
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
Yes (XenCenter)
Virtual and Physical
Limited (plug-ins)
Third-party plug-in framework
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RBAC / AD-Integration
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
NEW
Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
Cross-Vendor Mgmt
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
No (native)
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: CloudForms)
Browser Based Mgmt
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
No (Web Self Service: retired)
Yes (RHV-M, Power User Portal)
Adv. Operation Management
Yes (VMware vRealize Operations)
Yes (extended functionality with CloudForms - Fee-Based Add On)
Updates and Backup
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)
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VM Patching
Limited (Update Manager)
Yes (Red Hat Network)
Live VM Snapshot
Yes; Including RAM
Backup Integration API
Yes (vStorage API Data Protection)
Integrated Backup
Yes (vSphere Data Protection) - Replication of backup data, granular backup and scheduling
Deployment
Automated Host Deployments
Yes (Auto Deploy)
No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: Satellite 6)
VM Templates
Yes (Content Library)
Tiered VM Templates
No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: CloudForms)
Host Profiles
Yes (Host Profiles)
Yes (limited native);
Advanced options with Vendor Add-On: Satellite
Storage Profiles
Yes (Storage Based Policy Management)
Other
Resource Pools
P2V
Yes (vCenter Converter)
No (XenConvert: retired), V2V: yes
Self Service Portal
No (native)
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: vCloud Suite, vRealize Automation)
No (Web Self Service: retired in XS6.2)
Orchestration / Workflows
Yes (vRealize Orchestrator)
Yes (Workflow Studio)
No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: CloudForms)
Security
Yes (ESXi Firewall, vShield Endpoint, VM Encryption)
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Basic (NetScaler - Fee-Based Add-On)
sVirt, SELinux, iptables, VLANs, Port Mirroring
Systems Management
vSphere’s REST API, PowerCLI, vSphere CLI, ESXCLI, Datacenter CLI
Yes (API / SDKs, CIM)
Agent-based, CIM, SNMP
Network and Storage
60%
86%
58%
Storage
Supported Storage
DAS, NFS, FC, iSCSI, FCoE (HW&SW), vFRC, SDDC
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DAS, SAS, iSCSI, NAS, SMB, FC, FCoE, openFCoE
DAS, iSCSI, NFS, GlusterFS, FC, POSIX;
Virtio SCSI support
SAN Multipath
Yes (enhanced APD and PDL) PDL AutoRemove
Yes (limited for SAS)
Yes (FC, FCoE, iSCSI)
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Shared File System
Yes (SR)