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"This solution allows the end users to clone, start, stop, or remotely control their VMs.""I find it very easy to manage and at a cost that small customers would never refuse (free).""This is a dependable solution for virtualization with a good community for product support.""The compatibility of the solution is its most valuable feature. It's compatible on almost every cloud these days.""The price is the solution's most valuable feature.""The ability to move a virtual machine while it is running is a big advantage.""The solution is easy to deploy. It's very easy to understand problems and read logs.""The most valuable feature of the solution is that it is very fast. It also works very well for physically small servers."

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"Since we have an internal cloud, suddenly people may require 1000 or 2000 VMS in something. We have options to analyze and make sure we have enough scalability.""The most valuable features for me are a very easily scalable infrastructure. I can have a couple of hosts to do basic workloads. I can have a lot of hosts to do a lot of workloads. vSAN integrates my storage so I don't need an external storage SAN. I love having everything integrated in the same UI. The new HTML5 interface doesn't require any plugins anymore and it's super-fast.""The features in VMware vSphere data recovery are excellent. Sometimes I've deleted an entire server before and was able to recover the deleted VM. I just used some command line tools and I was able to restore the deleted VM.""Using vSphere we have virtualized over one thousand servers and this gave us management, cost and datacenter space advantages.""It helps to automate the data replication and DR (disaster recovery).""The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments.""We are able to create virtual machines and move them from one host to another, controlling the resources.""The most valuable feature is vSAN, as it reduces the cost of SAN storage and maintenance."

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Cons
"The self-service user portal needs to be more granular and be more customizable.""I would like the possibility of updating the hypervisor by applying security patches.""Assigning the order of virtual server startup is not very easy and this can be improved.""The solution should be more flexible and allow for greater customization.""The manageability of the solution needs improvement. It's an extremely bad product to handle.""It needs to have a more robust backup solution.""The solution would benefit from faster technical support.""The USB support for the virtual server needs improvement."

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"We previously had a hard time using tech support.""An improvement could be allowing a "dark mode" for the interface. I think the HTML5 client is a little bit hard to read. It's all white. It's a little bit bright on the eyes. A lot of us IT guys view in the dark.""We want to see improvement from VMware with security. We want minimal downtime. We want automation. We want to deploy more efficiently.""Although vSphere is a nearly perfect product, it does need a little improvement. Datacenter and Cluster structure should be mixed so that the management of clusters would be easier.""I feel that the scalability of the solution should be improved.""Two improvements that I would like to see are higher resolution console modes for guests and easier switching between consoles.""Generally, the user interface needs to be improved for non-technical people.""Reporting on vCenter needs to be improved."

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"The most valuable feature is the cost; it is a free product.""To subscribe to the paid version with support, it is approximately $6,000 per year.""There are free and paid versions. The free version is limited in features but not by time limit. The paid version has more features.""The licensing is straight forward based on usage and features.""While it is free for small networks, the pricing is high if your network grows past a certain size.""We migrated from VMware to XenCenter to cut costs.""This solution is open source, it's free.""Citrix is a good low-cost alternative to VMware, so if budgeting is an issue then I would recommend it."

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"VMware does provide organizations with discounts. The customer service license fee we got discounts on from the supplier in order for us to get the best out of the license fees. That's our experience. We possibly paid less than our partner company. The partner is only local and not global like our firm.""The licensing fees are on a yearly basis.""The price is high, but you get back a lot.""Our ROI is good.""There is an average performance boost, especially if you use VM encryption inside the VMware with another product, like McAfee. You will see great improvement in these cases.""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."

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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
REVIEWERS
University9%
Non Tech Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company18%
Government7%
Media Company6%
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Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company12%
Retailer8%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider27%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise32%
REVIEWERS
Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise47%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise52%
Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Hypervisor vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Citrix Hypervisor is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 18 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 50 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 "Makes Resources Available & Services More Reliable". Citrix Hypervisor is most compared with Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle VM, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Oracle VM and Oracle VM VirtualBox. See our Citrix Hypervisor vs. VMware vSphere report.

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