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Pros
  • + 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
Assessment
Overview
vSphere 6.7 with Operations Management Enterprise Plus - Click Here For Overview
XenServer 7 Enterprise Edition includes features that are not available in the Standard Edition, focussed on enterprise customers needs, as well as Citrix support: Enterprise only features with XenServer 7.0 are:
Microsoft Windows Update for IO Drivers
SMB (CIFS)
Storage read caching for MCS
Virtual GPU via Intel GVT-g
Windows agent auto-update (self-update)
Comtrade Management Pack
Export Pool Resource list from XenCenter
Conversion Manager appliance
WLB appliance
Measured Boot Supp. Pack
Direct Inspect APIs for memory introspection

For Standard vs Enterprise edition, please check: http://bit.ly/2ddQiVL
Maturity
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.7 : April 17th 2018
XenServer 7 Release date May 2016
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 Enterprise Edition is: Annual: $695 / socket, Perpetual: $1525 / socket - both including 1 year of software maintenance
Management
$5,835(Std) + $1,224(B) or $1,458 (P)
Free (XenCenter)
Bundle/Kit Pricing
Guest OS Licensing
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
Yes Workload Balancing
NEW
Power Management
Yes Workload Balancing
NEW
Storage Migration
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
Yes (Storage XenMotion)
NEW
HA/DR
Cluster Size
max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
16 hosts / resource pool
Integrated HA (Restart vm)
Yes (VMware HA)
Automatic VM Reset
Yes (VMware HA)
VM Lockstep Protection
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 8 vCPUs. 128 GB RAM.
NEW
Application/Service HA
Replication / Site Failover
Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
Integrated Disaster Recovery (no storage array control)
Management
60%
86%
58%
General
Central Management
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
Yes (XenCenter)
Virtual and Physical
Limited (plug-ins)
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)
Browser Based Mgmt
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
No (Web Self Service: retired)
Adv. Operation Management
Yes (VMware vRealize Operations)
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)
NEW
VM Patching
Limited (Update Manager)
Live VM Snapshot
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)
VM Templates
Yes (Content Library)
Tiered VM Templates
Host Profiles
Yes (Host Profiles)
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)
Orchestration / Workflows
Yes (vRealize Orchestrator)
Yes (Workflow Studio)
Security
Yes (ESXi Firewall, vShield Endpoint, VM Encryption)
NEW
Direct Inspect APIs and Basic (NetScaler - Fee-Based Add-On)
Systems Management
vSphere’s REST API, PowerCLI, vSphere CLI, ESXCLI, Datacenter CLI
Yes (API / SDKs, CIM)
Network and Storage
60%
86%
58%
Storage
Supported Storage
DAS, NFS, FC, iSCSI, FCoE (HW&SW), vFRC, SDDC
NEW
DAS, SAS, iSCSI, NAS, SMB, FC, FCoE, openFCoE
SAN Multipath
Yes (enhanced APD and PDL) PDL AutoRemove
Yes (limited for SAS)
Shared File System
Boot From SAN
Yes (FC, iSCSI, FCoE and SW FCoE)
Yes (iSCSI, FC, FCoE)
Boot from USB
Virtual Disk Format
vmdk, raw disk (RDM)
vhd, raw disk (LUN)
Max Disk Size