Virtualization comparison & reviews

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2nd 1st 5th
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Analysis expand Romain Serre
by Roman Macek Gica Livada
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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
Enzo Raso (Citrix) and The VIRTUALIST
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Overview
vSphere 6.5 Standard - Click Here For Overview
vSphere 6.0 Standard - 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
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Maturity
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.5 : November 15th 2016
XenServer 7 Release date May 2016
  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)
Std: $995/socket + S&S:$273 (B) or $323 (Prod);
Std + Ops Mgmt: $1995 / socket + S&S:$419 (B) or $499 (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
$5,995(Std) + $1,259(B) or $1,499 (P)
Free (XenCenter)
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Bundle/Kit Pricing
yes
No
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Guest OS Licensing
No
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  VM Mobility  
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Live Migration of VMs
Yes vMotion
- Cross vSwitch vMotion Only
Yes XenMotion (1)
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Migration Compatibility
Yes (EVC)
Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
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Maintenance Mode
Yes
NEW
Yes
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Automated Live Migration
No
No Workload Balancing
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Power Management
No
No Workload Balancing
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Storage Migration
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
Yes (Storage XenMotion)
NEW
  HA/DR  
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Cluster Size
max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
16 hosts / resource pool
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Integrated HA (Restart vm)
Yes (VMware HA)
NEW
Yes
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Automatic VM Reset
Yes (VMware HA)
NEW
No
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VM Lockstep Protection
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 2 vCPUs.
NEW
No
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Application/Service HA
No
No
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Replication / Site Failover
Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
NEW
Integrated Disaster Recovery (no storage array control)
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Central Management
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
NEW
Yes (XenCenter)
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Virtual and Physical
Limited (plug-ins)
No
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RBAC / AD-Integration
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
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Cross-Vendor Mgmt
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
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Browser Based Mgmt
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
Yes - Enhanced Web Client (with enhanced SSO), No BDE
No (Web Self Service: retired)
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Adv. Operation Management
Limited (native) - vCenter Operations
Full (with Vendor Add-On: vRealize Operations)
No
  Updates and Backup  
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Hypervisor Upgrades
Yes (Update Manager)
NEW
The XenCenter released with XenServer 7.0 allows updates to be applied to all versions of XenServer (commercial and free)
NEW
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VM Patching
Limited (Update Manager)
No
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Live VM Snapshot
Yes
yes
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Backup Integration API
Yes (vStorage API Data Protection)