Virtualization comparison & reviews

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Analysis expand Romain Serre
by Roman Macek Gica Livada
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Pros
  • + mature and feature-rich offering
  • + great ecosystem & support
  • + skills prevelant
  • + mature and feature-rich offering
  • + great ecosystem & support
  • + skills prevelant
  • + pending
Cons
  • - needs clear strategy for public cloud future
  • - comprehensive capability but can become expensive
  • - NSX leading SDN solution but skills scarce
  • - needs clear strategy for public cloud future
  • - comprehensive capability but can become expensive
  • - NSX leading SDN solution but skills scarce
  • - pending
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THE VIRTUALIST
THE VIRTUALIST
The VIRTUALIST and Enzo Raso (Citrix)
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Overview
vSphere 6.5 Enterprise Plus - Click Here For Overview
vSphere 6.7 Enterprise Plus - Click Here For Overview
XenServer 7.2 Enterprise Edition includes features that are not available in the Standard Edition, focused on enterprise customers needs, as well as Citrix support:
- Live patching
- Conversion manager for vSphere
- Dynamic Workload Balancing & Audit Reporting (WLB)
- Accelerate Citrix Provisioning Services performance

For Standard vs Enterprise edition, please check: http://bit.ly/2ddQiVL
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Maturity
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.5 : November 15th 2016
Release Dates:
vSphere 6.7 : April 17th 2018
XenServer 7.2 Release date May 2017
  Pricing  
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Virtualization
Ent+ :
$3,495/socket + S&S 1Y: $734 (B) or $874 (Prod)
Ent+ :
$3,305/socket + S&S 1Y: $693 (B) or $825 (Prod)
Open Source (free) or two commercial editions, pricing for Standard Edition is: Annual: $695 / socket, Perpetual: $1525/ socket - both including 1 year of software maintenance.
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Management
$5,995(Std) + $1,259(B) or $1,499 (P)
$5,835(Std) + $1,224(B) or $1,458 (P)
Free (XenCenter)
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Bundle/Kit Pricing
yes
yes
Yes
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Guest OS Licensing
No
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  VM Mobility  
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Live Migration of VMs
Yes (vMotion)
Yes (vMotion)
Yes XenMotion
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Migration Compatibility
Yes (EVC)
Yes (EVC)
Yes (Heterogeneous Pools)
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Maintenance Mode
Yes
NEW
Yes
Yes
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Automated Live Migration
Yes (DRS) - CPU, Mem
NEW
Yes (DRS) - CPU, Mem
Yes Workload Balancing
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Power Management
Yes (DPM)
Yes (DPM)
Yes Workload Balancing
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Storage Migration
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
Yes (Live Storage vMotion)
Yes (Storage XenMotion)
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Cluster Size
max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
max 64 nodes / 8000 vm per cluster
16 hosts / resource pool
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Integrated HA (Restart vm)
Yes (VMware HA)
NEW
Yes (VMware HA)
Yes
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Automatic VM Reset
Yes (VMware HA)
NEW
Yes (VMware HA)
No
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VM Lockstep Protection
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 4 vCPUs.
NEW
Yes (Fault Tolerance) 8 vCPUs. 128 GB RAM.
NEW
No
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Application/Service HA
App HA
App HA
No
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Replication / Site Failover
Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
NEW
Yes (vSphere Replication)
DR Orchestration (Vendor Add-On: VMware SRM)
Integrated Disaster Recovery (no storage array control)
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Central Management
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
NEW
Yes (vCenter Server Standard)
Yes (XenCenter)
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Virtual and Physical
Limited (plug-ins)
Limited (plug-ins)
Limited (plug-ins)
NEW
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RBAC / AD-Integration
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
Yes (vCenter and ESXi hosts)
NEW
Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
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Cross-Vendor Mgmt
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
vRealize Automation (Vendor Add-On)
No (native)
Yes (Vendor Add-On: CloudPlatform)
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Browser Based Mgmt
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
NEW
Yes (vSphere Web Client, HTML5 Web Client)
Not directly with XenCenter but possible with XenOrchestra (Open Source)

More info: http://bit.ly/2m7FVIG
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Adv. Operation Management
Limited (native) - vCenter Operations
Full (with Vendor Add-On: vRealize Operations)
Limited (native) - vCenter Operations
Full (with Vendor Add-On: vRealize Operations)
No
  Updates and Backup  
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Hypervisor Upgrades
Yes (Update Manager)
NEW
Yes (Update Manager)
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
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VM Patching
Limited (Update Manager)
Limited (Update Manager)
Yes