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Analysis expand Gica Livada
Romain Serre
by Roman Macek
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Pros
  • + pending
  • + mature and feature-rich offering
  • + great ecosystem & support
  • + skills prevelant
  • + not specified
Cons
  • - pending
  • - needs clear strategy for public cloud future
  • - comprehensive capability but can become expensive
  • - NSX leading SDN solution but skills scarce
  • - not specified
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Content Creator
The VIRTUALIST and Enzo Raso (Citrix)
THE VIRTUALIST
  Assessment  
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Overview
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 6.5 Enterprise Plus - Click Here For Overview
vSphere 6.0 with Operations Management Standard - Click Here For Overview
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Maturity
XenServer 7.1 Release date February 2017
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.5 : November 15th 2016
  Pricing  
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Virtualization
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.
Ent+ :
$3,495/socket + S&S 1Y: $734 (B) or $874 (Prod)
OM Std:
$1745/socket + S&S:$366 (B) or $436 (Prod)
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Management
Free (XenCenter)
$5,995(Std) + $1,259(B) or $1,499 (P)
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Bundle/Kit Pricing
Yes
yes
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Guest OS Licensing
No
VM Mobility and HA expand
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  VM Mobility  
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Live Migration of VMs
Yes XenMotion
Yes (vMotion)
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Migration Compatibility
Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
Yes (EVC)
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Maintenance Mode
Yes
Yes
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Automated Live Migration
Yes Workload Balancing
NEW
Yes (DRS) - CPU, Mem
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Power Management
Yes Workload Balancing
NEW
Yes (DPM)
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Storage Migration
Yes (Storage XenMotion)
NEW
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
  HA/DR  
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Cluster Size
16 hosts / resource pool
max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
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Integrated HA (Restart vm)
Yes
Yes (VMware HA)
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Automatic VM Reset
No
Yes (VMware HA)
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VM Lockstep Protection
No
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 4 vCPUs.
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Application/Service HA
No
App HA
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Replication / Site Failover
Integrated Disaster Recovery (no storage array control)
Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
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Central Management
Yes (XenCenter)
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
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Virtual and Physical
Limited (plug-ins)
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Limited (plug-ins)
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RBAC / AD-Integration
Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
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Cross-Vendor Mgmt
No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
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Browser Based Mgmt
Not directly with XenCenter but possible with XenOrchestra (Open Source)

More info: http://bit.ly/2m7FVIG
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
NEW
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Adv. Operation Management
No
Limited (native) - vCenter Operations
Full (with Vendor Add-On: vRealize Operations)
  Updates and Backup  
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Hypervisor Upgrades
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)
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VM Patching
Yes
Limited (Update Manager)
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Live VM Snapshot
Yes
Yes
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Backup Integration API
Limited
Yes (vStorage API Data Protection)