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THE VIRTUALISTS
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Overview
vSphere 6.0 Enterprise Plus with Operations Management - Click Here For Overview
XenServer 6.5 is available in Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition
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Maturity
6.5 Release Date January 2015 (Xen - 2003, Citrix XenServer 2007, 5.6SP2 March 2011, v6: Sep 2011, 6.1: Sep 2012, 6.2 June 2013)
  Pricing  
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Virtualization
OM Ent+ :
$4,245/socket + S&S 1Y: $891 (B) or $1061 (Prod)
Open Source (free) or two commercial editions, pricing to be announced at GA: Annual: $500 / socket, Perpetual: $1250 / socket (incl. SA and support)
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Management
Free (XenCenter)
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Bundle/Kit Pricing
No
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Guest OS Licensing
No
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  VM Mobility  
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Live Migration of VMs
Yes XenMotion (1)
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Migration Compatibility
Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
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Maintenance Mode
Yes
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Automated Live Migration
Yes Workload Balancing
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Power Management
Yes Workload Balancing
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Storage Migration
Yes (Storage XenMotion)
  HA/DR  
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Cluster Size
16 hosts / resource pool
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Integrated HA (Restart vm)
Yes
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Automatic VM Reset
No
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VM Lockstep Protection
No
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Application/Service HA
No
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Replication / Site Failover
Integrated Disaster Recovery (no storage array control)
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Central Management
Yes (XenCenter), SCVMM (see details)
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Virtual and Physical
No
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RBAC / AD-Integration
Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
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Cross-Vendor Mgmt
No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
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Browser Based Mgmt
No (Web Self Service: retired)
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Adv. Operation Management
vRealize Operations Edition Standard
No
  Updates and Backup  
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Hypervisor Upgrades
The XenCenter released with XenServer 6.5 allows updates to be applied to all versions of XenServer (commercial and free)
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VM Patching
No
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Live VM Snapshot
yes
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Backup Integration API
Limited
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Integrated Backup
No (Retired)
  Deployment  
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Automated Host Deployments
No