Virtualization comparison & reviews

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Pros
  • + mature and feature-rich offering
  • + great ecosystem & support
  • + skills prevelant
  • + not specified
  • + pending
Cons
  • - needs clear strategy for public cloud future
  • - comprehensive capability but can become expensive
  • - NSX leading SDN solution but skills scarce
  • - not specified
  • - pending
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Content Creator
THE VIRTUALIST
Content created by Virtualizationmatrix; (Contributors: Sean Cohen, Yaniv Dary, Raissa Tona, Larry W. Bailey)
The VIRTUALIST and Enzo Raso (Citrix)
  Assessment  
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Overview
vSphere 6.5 Standard - Click Here For Overview
RHV 3.5 - Click Here For Details
NEW
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
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Maturity
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.5 : November 15th 2016
RHV 3.5 released in Feb 2015 - (RHV 3.4 - June 2014, RHV 3.3 - January 2014, RHV 3.2 - June 2013, RHV 3.1 - Dec 2012, RHV 2.1 - Nov 2009, 2.2: Aug 2010, RHV 3.0: Jan 2012)
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XenServer 7.1 Release date February 2017
  Pricing  
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Virtualization
Std: $995/socket + S&S:$273 (B) or $323 (Prod);
Std + Ops Mgmt: $1995 / socket + S&S:$419 (B) or $499 (Prod)
Yes (included in RHV hypervisor subscription)
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.
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Management
$5,995(Std) + $1,259(B) or $1,499 (P)
Yes, combined RHEL and RHV offering 26% savings
Free (XenCenter)
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Bundle/Kit Pricing
yes
RHV: No (RHEL: 1/4/unlimited)
Yes
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Guest OS Licensing
Yes (RHV-M)
No
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  VM Mobility  
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Live Migration of VMs
Yes vMotion
- Cross vSwitch vMotion Only
Yes (except with CPU pass-through)
Yes XenMotion
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Migration Compatibility
Yes (EVC)
Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
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Maintenance Mode
Yes
NEW
Yes (LB) - Built-in (CPU) and Scheduler for custom
Yes
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Automated Live Migration
No
Yes (Power Saving)
Yes Workload Balancing
NEW
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Power Management
No
Yes
NEW
Yes Workload Balancing
NEW
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Storage Migration
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
200 hosts/cluster
Yes (Storage XenMotion)
NEW
  HA/DR  
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Cluster Size
max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
Yes (HA)
16 hosts / resource pool
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Integrated HA (Restart vm)
Yes (VMware HA)
NEW
Yes (HA, WatchDog)
Yes
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Automatic VM Reset
Yes (VMware HA)
NEW
No
No
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VM Lockstep Protection
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 2 vCPUs.
NEW
No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: Satellite
No
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Application/Service HA
No
No (yes with Symantec Storage Foundation - Fee-Based Add-On)
No
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Replication / Site Failover
Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
NEW
Yes
Integrated Disaster Recovery (no storage array control)
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Central Management
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
NEW
Third-party plug-in framework
NEW
Yes (XenCenter)
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Virtual and Physical
Limited (plug-ins)
Yes (AD and IPA)
Limited (plug-ins)
NEW
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RBAC / AD-Integration
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
No (native)
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: CloudForms)
Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
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Cross-Vendor Mgmt
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
Yes (RHV-M, Power User Portal)
No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
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Browser Based Mgmt
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
Yes (extended functionality with CloudForms - Fee-Based Add On)
Not directly with XenCenter but possible with XenOrchestra (Open Source)

More info: http://bit.ly/2m7FVIG
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Adv. Operation Management
Limited (native) - vCenter Operations
Full (with Vendor Add-On: vRealize Operations)
Yes (Live Migration - unlimited concurrent migrations, 3 by default)
No
  Updates and Backup  
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Hypervisor Upgrades
Yes (Update Manager)
NEW
Yes (Red Hat Network)
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
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VM Patching
Limited (Update Manager)