Hyper-V vs. XenServer

Hyper-V is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews vs XenServer which is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 2 reviews. The top reviewer of Hyper-V writes " Simplicity and intuitiveness of the platform are attractive, it grows on you with time". The top reviewer of XenServer writes "Most people know VMWare and Hyper-V. XenServer fits right in the middle". Hyper-V is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware Workstation and KVM. XenServer is most compared with Proxmox VE, vSphere and KVM.
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Pros
It makes it easier to deploy service. All service tends to migrate onto the server house without having problems now. It is hardware independent.I find the ease of use the most valuable asset of the solution.This solution helps us with production of our office business needs.I think the cluster environment is a good feature of Hyper-V because, if something happens, then it will automatically move to some other mode. This is a great feature of the solution.The setup was straightforward and easy for our company. The deployment was fast.We can perform maintenance on equipment during the day because we can live migrate all of the machines from one server to another.With each update, the security of this solution just gets better and better. It is very stable.We chose this solution because of the pricing and the simplicity of the product.

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We find there are good central maintenance and central management panels.

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It might make it easier to move VMs across Hotmail hosts. This application process make it a little bit easier.An improvement I suggest is having more guest operating systems.It needs to improve the handling of the amount of storage.Sometimes it is a mess, and it is getting hanged. It should be something that could be easily fixed. It made us have to deal with fixing the bugs. Microsoft increased the price for this solution when adding the Storage Spaces Direct feature.The the only challenge for us was moving existing physical machines to virtual machines.I would love to see other options for connecting VMs to large data storage.We have our cluster connected to a Dell EMC VNX (SAN). The Hyper-V nodes are on Cisco UCS blades, and everything is interconnected via fiber. I attempted to use a virtual Fibre Channel connection to present a SAN volume to a VM but was not able to make that work.

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It needs improvement with the security features.

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I use the free version of Hyper-V.The pricing isn't too bad, because you can do the bare metal hypervisor, and it is pretty fair. Other competitors are more expensive.I do not have any comments about pricing or licensing of the product.The pricing is not much. We have a very big environment, and pricing is no problem.Microsoft recently tacked on a higher price for their software to use the storage migration in the Storage Spaces Direct array. That was just terrible.We chose this solution because of the pricing and the simplicity of the product.Once we bought the datacenter version of the server, we did away with worrying about the cost of licensing our VMs separatelyIt comes with all the features and goodies inside the box, so you do not have to purchase anything else.

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The pricing and licensing is so important. Customers do consider the price seriously.

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Overview

Hyper-V is a native hypervisor for x86-64 systems, enabling platform virtualization. It is a Microsoft product that comes in two forms. One form is Hyper-V as a standalone product, known as Hyper-V Server (Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is the latest version). The other form is as a role to be installed in Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, or the x64 version of Window 8 Pro. No matter what form it takes, Hyper-V gives you the services and tools required to create a virtualized server environment.

Hyper-V creates a cost-effective, stable and productive server virtualization environment by running multiple operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and more, in parallel on one server.

Some of the business benefits of installing Hyper-V include:

  • Create a private cloud environment or expand an existing one.
  • Optimize hardware utilization and minimize resource consumption by consolidating servers in the form of virtual machines on one physical host.
  • Improvement of business continuity.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure creation or expansion.
  • Greater efficiency for test and development activities.

Citrix XenServer is an open source virtualization platform that manages server, desktop and cloud virtual infrastructures. XenServer is straightforward and quick to install. Even the most demanding workloads and automated management processes can take just a couple of minutes to virtualize. XenServer lowers IT costs and increases IT agility and flexibility.

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Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS. U.S. Army Shared Services Center, SoftLayer, Educational Services of America, Independent Bank, and SK Telecom.
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Transportation Company
12%
Outsourcing Company
12%
Healthcare Company
12%
Government
6%
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Financial Services Firm
14%
Transportation Company
9%
Government
7%
Manufacturing Company
7%
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Financial Services Firm
9%
Retailer
9%
Energy/Utilities Company
9%
Non Tech Company
9%
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Financial Services Firm
16%
Comms Service Provider
16%
Transportation Company
7%
University
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Small Business
44%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
50%
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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