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  • + mature and feature-rich offering
  • + great ecosystem & support
  • + skills prevelant
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  • - needs clear strategy for public cloud future
  • - comprehensive capability but can become expensive
  • - NSX leading SDN solution but skills scarce
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  Content  
Content Creator
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The VIRTUALIST and Enzo Raso (Citrix)
THE VIRTUALIST
  Assessment  
Overview
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XenServer 7.1 Enterprise Edition includes features that are not available in the Standard Edition, focused on enterprise customers needs, as well as Citrix support:
- Live patching
- Conversion manager for vSphere
- Accelerate Citrix Provisioning Services performance

For Standard vs Enterprise edition, please check: http://bit.ly/2ddQiVL
NEW
vSphere 6.7 with Operations Management Enterprise Plus - Click Here For Overview
Maturity
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XenServer 7.1 Release date February 2017
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.7 : April 17th 2018
  Pricing  
Virtualization
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Open Source (free) or two commercial editions, pricing for Standard Edition is: Annual: $695 / socket, Perpetual: $1525/ socket - both including 1 year of software maintenance.
OM Ent+ :
$4,275/socket + S&S 1Y: $897 (B) or $1,068 (Prod)
Management
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Free (XenCenter)
$5,835(Std) + $1,224(B) or $1,458 (P)
Bundle/Kit Pricing
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Yes
yes
Guest OS Licensing
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No
VM Mobility and HA expand
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  VM Mobility  
Live Migration of VMs
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Yes XenMotion
Yes (vMotion)
Migration Compatibility
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Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
Yes (EVC)
Maintenance Mode
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Yes
Yes
Automated Live Migration
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Yes Workload Balancing
NEW
Yes (DRS) - CPU, Mem
Power Management
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Yes Workload Balancing
NEW
Yes (DPM)
Storage Migration
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Yes (Storage XenMotion)
NEW
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
  HA/DR  
Cluster Size
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16 hosts / resource pool
max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
Integrated HA (Restart vm)
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Yes
Yes (VMware HA)
Automatic VM Reset
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No
Yes (VMware HA)
VM Lockstep Protection
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No
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 8 vCPUs. 128 GB RAM.
NEW
Application/Service HA
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No
App HA
Replication / Site Failover
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Integrated Disaster Recovery (no storage array control)
Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
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  General  
Central Management
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Yes (XenCenter)
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
Virtual and Physical
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Limited (plug-ins)
NEW
Limited (plug-ins)
RBAC / AD-Integration
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Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
NEW
Cross-Vendor Mgmt
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No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
Browser Based Mgmt
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Not directly with XenCenter but possible with XenOrchestra (Open Source)

More info: http://bit.ly/2m7FVIG
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
Adv. Operation Management
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No
Yes (VMware vRealize Operations)
  Updates and Backup  
Hypervisor Upgrades
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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
NEW
Yes (Update Manager)
VM Patching
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Yes
Limited (Update Manager)
Live VM Snapshot
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Yes
Yes
Backup Integration API
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Limited
Yes (vStorage API Data Protection)
Integrated Backup
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No (Retired)
Yes (vSphere Data Protection) - Replication of backup data, granular backup and scheduling
  Deployment  
Automated Host Deployments
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No
Yes (Auto Deploy)
VM Templates
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Yes
Yes (Content Library)
Tiered VM Templates
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vApp
Yes (vApp/OVF)
Host Profiles
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No
Yes (Host Profiles)
Storage Profiles
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No
Yes (Storage Based Policy Management)
  Other  
Resource Pools
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No
Yes
P2V
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No (XenConvert: retired), V2V: yes
Yes (vCenter Converter)
Self Service Portal