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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
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Cons
  • - - Less features in free edition. See https://tinyurl.com/yy2z5y6o
  • - - Niche product
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The VIRTUALIST (Gica Livada) and Enzo Raso (Citrix)
Content created by Virtualizationmatrix; (Contributors: Jon Benedict, Yaniv Dary, Raissa Tona, Larry W. Bailey)
  Assessment  
Overview
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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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Maturity
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Citrix Hypervisor 8 Release date April 2019
RHV 4.0 released in August 2016
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  Pricing  
Virtualization
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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.
Included in hypervisor subscription
Ent: $2,875/socket + S&S:$604 (B) or $719 (Prod)
Management
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Free (XenCenter)
Yes, combined RHEL and RHV offering 26% savings
Bundle/Kit Pricing
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Yes
RHV: No included (RHEL: 1/4/unlimited)
Guest OS Licensing
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No
Yes (RHV-M)
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  VM Mobility  
Live Migration of VMs
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Yes XenMotion
Yes
Yes vMotion
- Cross vSwitch vMotion Only
Migration Compatibility
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Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
Maintenance Mode
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Yes
Yes - Built-in (CPU\Memory) and plugable scheduler
Automated Live Migration
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Yes Workload Balancing
Yes
Yes (DRS) - CPU, Mem - No Storage DRS.
Power Management
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Yes Workload Balancing
Yes
Storage Migration
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Yes (Storage Live Migration)
200 hosts/cluster
  HA/DR  
Cluster Size
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64 hosts / resource pool
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Yes
Integrated HA (Restart vm)
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Yes
Yes (HA, WatchDog)
Automatic VM Reset
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No
No
VM Lockstep Protection
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No
No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: Red Hat Cluster Suite)
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 2 vCPUs.
Application/Service HA
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No
No - See Details
No
Replication / Site Failover
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Integrated Disaster Recovery
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Yes
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Central Management
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Yes (XenCenter)
Third-party plug-in framework
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Virtual and Physical
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Limited (plug-ins)
Yes
RBAC / AD-Integration
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Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
No (native)
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: CloudForms)
Cross-Vendor Mgmt
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No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
Yes (RHV-M, Power User Portal)
Browser Based Mgmt
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Not directly with XenCenter but possible with XenOrchestra (Open Source)

More info: https://bit.ly/1gcmTYN
Yes (extended functionality with CloudForms - Fee-Based Add On)
Adv. Operation Management
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Not included but available via Citrix Director
Yes
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  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
Yes (Red Hat Network)
VM Patching
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Yes
Yes; Including RAM
Live VM Snapshot
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Yes
Yes
Backup Integration API
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Yes
No
Integrated Backup
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No (Retired)
No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: Satellite 6)
  Deployment  
Automated Host Deployments
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Yes, via UEFI boot
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Yes
No