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  • + - Citrix Hypervisor (former XenServer) it is OpenSource based
  • + - It is highly optimized for XenApp and XenDesktop workloads
  • + - Leader in virtual delivery of 3D professional graphics
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  • - - Less features in free edition. See https://tinyurl.com/yy2z5y6o
  • - - Niche product
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  Content  
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Content created by Virtualizationmatrix; (Contributors: Sean Cohen, Yaniv Dary, Raissa Tona, Larry W. Bailey)
The VIRTUALIST (Gica Livada) and Enzo Raso (Citrix)
  Assessment  
Overview
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vSphere 6.0 with Operations Management Standard - Click Here For Overview
RHV 3.5 - Click Here For Details
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Citrix Hypervisor 8 Enterprise Edition includes features that are not available in the Standard Edition, focused on enterprise customers needs, as well as Citrix support:
- Live patching and automated updates
- Conversion manager for vSphere
- Dynamic Workload Balancing & Audit Reporting (WLB)
- Accelerate Citrix Provisioning Services performance

For Standard vs Enterprise edition, please check: https://tinyurl.com/yy2z5y6o
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Maturity
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RHV 3.5 released in Feb 2015 - (RHV 3.4 - June 2014, RHV 3.3 - January 2014, RHV 3.2 - June 2013, RHV 3.1 - Dec 2012, RHV 2.1 - Nov 2009, 2.2: Aug 2010, RHV 3.0: Jan 2012)
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Citrix Hypervisor 8 Release date April 2019
  Pricing  
Virtualization
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OM Std:
$1745/socket + S&S:$366 (B) or $436 (Prod)
Yes (included in RHV hypervisor subscription)
Free or two commercial editions, pricing for Standard Edition is: $763 / socket, Premium: $1525/ socket - both including 1 year of software maintenance.
The Express Edition provides a reduced set of features and is not eligible for Citrix Support and Maintenance. Express Edition does not require a license. Hosts that are running the Express Edition of Citrix Hypervisor are labeled as “Unlicensed” in XenCenter.

Express Edition was called Free Edition in previous releases of Citrix Hypervisor. The name of the edition has changed to align with other Citrix products, but the features and capabilities provided by the edition have not changed.

Citrix Hypervisor uses the same licensing process as other Citrix products, and as such requires a valid license to be installed on a License Server.
Management
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Yes, combined RHEL and RHV offering 26% savings
Free (XenCenter)
Bundle/Kit Pricing
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RHV: No (RHEL: 1/4/unlimited)
Yes
Guest OS Licensing
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Yes (RHV-M)
No
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  VM Mobility  
Live Migration of VMs
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Yes (except with CPU pass-through)
Yes XenMotion
Migration Compatibility
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Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
Maintenance Mode
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Yes (LB) - Built-in (CPU) and Scheduler for custom
Yes
Automated Live Migration
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Yes (Power Saving)
Yes Workload Balancing
Power Management
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Yes
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Yes Workload Balancing
Storage Migration
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200 hosts/cluster
Yes (Storage Live Migration)
  HA/DR  
Cluster Size
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Yes (HA)
64 hosts / resource pool
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Integrated HA (Restart vm)
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Yes (HA, WatchDog)
Yes
Automatic VM Reset
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No
No
VM Lockstep Protection
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No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: Satellite
No
Application/Service HA
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No (yes with Symantec Storage Foundation - Fee-Based Add-On)
No
Replication / Site Failover
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Yes
Integrated Disaster Recovery
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Central Management
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Third-party plug-in framework
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Yes (XenCenter)
Virtual and Physical
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Yes (AD and IPA)
Limited (plug-ins)
RBAC / AD-Integration
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No (native)
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: CloudForms)
Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
Cross-Vendor Mgmt
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Yes (RHV-M, Power User Portal)
No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
Browser Based Mgmt
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Yes (extended functionality with CloudForms - Fee-Based Add On)
Not directly with XenCenter but possible with XenOrchestra (Open Source)

More info: https://bit.ly/1gcmTYN
Adv. Operation Management
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Yes (Live Migration - unlimited concurrent migrations, 3 by default)
Not included but available via Citrix Director
  Updates and Backup  
Hypervisor Upgrades
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Yes (Red Hat Network)
The XenCenter released with XenServer 7.0 allows updates to be applied to all versions of XenServer (commercial and free)
XenServer 7.1 introduced Live patching
VM Patching
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Yes; Including RAM
Yes
Live VM Snapshot
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Backup API
Yes
Backup Integration API
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No
Yes
Integrated Backup
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No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: Satellite 6)
No (Retired)
  Deployment  
Automated Host Deployments
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Yes, CloudInit and Glance support - NEW
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Yes, via UEFI boot
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VM Templates
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No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: CloudForms Deployables)
Yes
Tiered VM Templates
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No (native);
Yes (with Vendor Add-On: Satellite)
vApp
Host Profiles
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No
No
Storage Profiles
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Yes (Quota, Devices SLA, CPU Shares)
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No