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Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Hypervisor vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The ability to move a virtual machine while it is running is a big advantage.""Citrix Hypervisor integrates easily and I can manage the infrastructure better. If I need to take a machine down to expand the hard drive, I do not have to physically be here. I do not need to order new equipment or new hard drives. I can shut it down, increase the drive space and bring it back up.""The compatibility of the solution is its most valuable feature. It's compatible on almost every cloud these days.""The solution's security is its most valuable aspect.""Installing Hypervisor is really simple. It's the simplest setup I've ever done before. We used a team to deploy it, and it doesn't take much time, like two or three hours tops.""Ability to move your virtual machines from one host to another.""The most valuable features are being able to host many virtual machines and being able to patch machines.""The continued uptime of our virtual machines is good."

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"The solution is very straightforward to implement.""The enterprise direction is very complete and the data center provides almost everything you need.""It's much more stable than other products. It is scalable and easy to implement as well.""VMware vSphere has plenty of features.""The interface is good.""Very reliable with a great community.""I don't see any challenges in using this product.""Once you have everything configured, it is relatively straightforward."

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Cons
"The solution should be more flexible and allow for greater customization.""Overall, I can't think of a feature that is lacking. We've been pretty satisfied overall.""Live migration is something that can be improved.""You need a licensed account to look up technical support.""The main problem with Citrix Hypervisor is getting readily available backup solutions for it. It would be wonderful if Hypervisor were better integrated with third-party backup solutions.""The solution is only in English. It would be ideal if it was in Portuguese.""I find that the features in Citrix Hypervisor are not as rich as with VMware. It would be a benefit if they had some of the other features VMware has, such as the ability to expand a drive on the fly. You do not have to take down the machine to do it but in Citrix you do.""I am not very sure about how flexible Citrix Hypervisor is with different types of infrastructures. I only know it is flexible with Nutanix, but I am not sure if it is also flexible with others. They can make its integration with other platforms or OEMs easy. They should also make it easy for users to manage their infrastructure. Citrix should make compatibility information related to a hypervisor easily available in a datasheet. Citrix isn't really recognized in this part of the world, and they need to expand their solution and make it more available. There are a lot of customers and companies that are looking for a solution like Citrix, and it should be available in this part of the world. They need to educate people more. Technically, it is good and flexible and has good ability, but it is not as much known as VMware or Microsoft. Their support should also be improved. Currently, if you don't have an updated version, they will not give you the attention."

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"The latest version of the solution has a few bugs.""The support for the latest version could be improved.""I would like to see the configuration simplified.""The setup is easy. However, the configuration expansion can be difficult. The full implementation took three to four days. This included the move from physical servers to virtual ones.""The reporting could be improved.""VMware vSphere needs to increase the datastore volume.""The user interface could use some improvement.""The installation is complex and you need to have a good understanding in regards to what you are doing when you are setting it up."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Citrix is a good low-cost alternative to VMware, so if budgeting is an issue then I would recommend it."
  • "The licensing is straight forward based on usage and features."
  • "I am fine with their license support. What we have right now is permanent, so I don't have a problem with their license."
  • "There is a license required to use this solution. You need a license on every server, but the license is more for support than anything else. The cost is not expensive, it is a fraction of the cost of VMware. When you look at the cost overall and features, Citrix Hypervisor has a very attractive offering."
  • "The cost of this product is not high."
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  • "The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses."
  • "Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure."
  • "You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper."
  • "It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services."
  • "VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "In my opinion, the essential version is a good price."
  • "The price of this solution is mid-range."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The main problem with Citrix Hypervisor is getting readily available backup solutions for it. It would be wonderful if Hypervisor were better integrated with third-party backup solutions.
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    DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU has to be activated at the bios level. It exists on Intel and AMD platforms. It is used a lot inside virtualization platforms like VMware VSphere. It… more »
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    We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux and Windows. For us, VMware does not offer any advantage. Moreover, KVM is free.
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    We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We found… more »
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    Overview

    Citrix Hypervisor is a leading virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures. Consolidation and containment of workloads on Citrix Hypervisor enables organizations of any vertical or size to transform their business IT compute infrastructures.

    VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

    Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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    Sample Customers
    U.S. Army Shared Services Center, SoftLayer, Educational Services of America, Independent Bank, and SK Telecom.
    Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    University7%
    Non Tech Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Retailer6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise46%
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    Citrix Hypervisor is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 121 reviews. Citrix Hypervisor is rated 8.2, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Citrix Hypervisor writes "The ability to move a VM while it is still running and continue doing maintenance work is a big advantage". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Citrix Hypervisor is most compared with Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle VM, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, VMware Workstation, Proxmox VE, KVM and OpenVZ. See our Citrix Hypervisor vs. VMware vSphere report.

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