Michael EwheEnterprise Server and Storage Administrator at a financial services firm
Anonymous UserManager at a non-profit
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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 price is the solution's most valuable feature."
"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."
"The feature I find most valuable, is its performance"
"The solution integrates well with other solutions, which makes it really strong as a primary solution to deploy."
"This is a good product for virtualization and it is easy to use."
"The most valuable feature is vSAN, as it reduces the cost of SAN storage and maintenance."
"Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot."
"The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages."
"It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures."
"The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance."
"The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution."
"The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime."
"Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good."
"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 manageability of the solution needs improvement. It's an extremely bad product to handle."
"The solution would benefit from faster technical support."
"The USB support for the virtual server needs improvement."
"I think the technical support could be better."
"The solution is too expensive and people are kind of moving away from Citrix. It's starting to become a problem. It is a primary reason that while we are rebuilding we're going to seek out open-source solutions."
"The product could be faster and licensing options could be improved."
"Reporting on vCenter needs to be improved."
"I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware."
"It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager."
"Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement."
"I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems."
"I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI."
"The ability to run ARM based VMs on an x86 platform for testing purposes. With the growing use of SBCs running on ARM architectures for IoT devices, it would be very useful if developers could build and deploy VMs running operating systems like Raspbian used on Raspberry Pi devices on their existing x86 ESXi environments. Even if this is not possible through some form of emulation, the ability to add ARM hypervisors to vSphere environments would be very useful. This will enable more rapid development cycles for customers just getting started with IoT but already existing vSphere users."
"OS templates should be readily available, so there is no need to get an OS separately. Only the activation part should be different, which is not presently available due to the need to get the OS from a different location, then create VMs."
"There are free and paid versions. The free version is limited in features but not by time limit. The paid version has more 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
Citrix Hypervisor is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 18 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 76 reviews. Citrix Hypervisor is rated 8.0, 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 KVM, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation and Nutanix AHV. See our Citrix Hypervisor vs. VMware vSphere report.
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