Most Helpful Review
Researched VMware vSphere but chose Citrix Hypervisor: A solution that offers poor manageability, poor shared storage implementation, and needs better support
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What I like the most is the support of the GPU Graphics and the VM Live migration.
The support for this solution is phenomenal.
This is a good product for virtualization and it is easy to use.
The solution integrates well with other solutions, which makes it really strong as a primary solution to deploy.
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 ability to move a virtual machine while it is running is a big advantage.
The feature I find most valuable, is its performance
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.
The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.
The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.
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.
It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.
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.
We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.
Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.
Network management needs improvement because it is not very stable.
The built-in networking features are a little limited.
The product could be faster and licensing options could be improved.
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 solution would benefit from faster technical support.
The USB support for the virtual server needs improvement.
It needs to have a more robust backup solution.
I think the technical support could be better.
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.
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.
I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI.
I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.
Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement.
It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager.
Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client.
I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.
Pricing and Cost Advice
This solution is open source, it's free.
We migrated from VMware to XenCenter to cut costs.
While it is free for small networks, the pricing is high if your network grows past a certain size.
The licensing is straight forward based on usage and features.
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 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.
The pricing and licensing is so important. Customers do consider the price seriously.
You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper.
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.
The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.
VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.
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 licensing fees are on a yearly basis.
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Also Known As
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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