Compare Hyper-V vs. XenServer

Hyper-V is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 27 reviews while XenServer is ranked 8th in Server Virtualization Software with 7 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 8.2, while XenServer is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Hyper-V writes "Improves security and uptime, and the VMM gives you full control over many resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of XenServer writes "A simple virtualization solution that is free to try and deploy in a feature-limited version". Hyper-V is most compared with KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and VMware Workstation, whereas XenServer is most compared with Proxmox VE, KVM and Hyper-V. See our Hyper-V vs. XenServer report.
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Pros
Hyper-V improved the infrastructure drastically, not only from a performance perspective but from a control/administration view as well.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.It is easy to use, and it is stable. It is a good solution.It utilizes the hardware so there are multiple applications running on one hypervisor.It is a stable product.It allowed us to add on servers and fix things in an expedient manner.I think all of these improvements are going in a good direction. For me, its direction is good and I'm very satisfied with this product.

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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.This is a dependable solution for virtualization with a good community for product support.I find it very easy to manage and at a cost that small customers would never refuse (free).This solution allows the end users to clone, start, stop, or remotely control their VMs.We find there are good central maintenance and central management panels.

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Cons
There are some storage problems which do occur in high load systems, especially SQL workloads.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.In my opinion, read the documentation carefully. If you do not, you will have problems.I think there is room for improvement in terms of the cloud solutions.There are bugs, and this should be resolved by Microsoft.Microsoft tech support is horrible.I am using this solution with E-Notes. I heard that there will be future improvements in integration of the E-notes systems. This would be very helpful.The interface could be more user friendly. In addition, the documentation and security could use improvement.

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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.Assigning the order of virtual server startup is not very easy and this can be improved.I would like the possibility of updating the hypervisor by applying security patches.The self-service user portal needs to be more granular and be more customizable.It needs improvement with the security features.

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The pricing is not much. We have a very big environment, and pricing is no problem.The pricing and licensing is pretty good.I think it is expensive. I think if they want it to be more competitive, they should lower the price.The pricing and licensing is fine.The Hyper-V pricing and licensing are very good.We previously used VMware, but we switched because Hyper-V is cheaper and delivers the same stability for less money.The pricing is not an issue for us because we have a licensing agreement with Microsoft. So we are given an 80% discount.I do not have experience with pricing or licensing of the product.

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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.

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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.
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm10%
Transportation Company10%
Outsourcing Company10%
Healthcare Company10%
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Software R&D Company25%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company10%
Retailer10%
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Energy/Utilities Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
Non Tech Company13%
Local Government7%
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Software R&D Company18%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government8%
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