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Updated on Jul 13, 2022

We performed a comparison between Citrix Hypervisor and Hyper-V based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Reviewers of both solutions report that the initial setup and deployment is straightforward and fast.

  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability.

    Citrix Hypervisor users say that it is secure and flexible with good customizations, and can easily move VMs between hosts. Several users mention that its backup tools could use improvement.

    Hyper-V users report that it integrates well with other Microsoft products and is user-friendly but utilizes a high amount of memory and resources.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions say that they are low-cost products.
  • Service and Support: Reviewers of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of the support they receive.

  • ROI: Both Citrix Hypervisor and Hyper-V users are satisfied with the ROI.

Comparison Results: Citrix Hypervisor comes out on top in this comparison. According to reviews, it appears to be a more secure and lightweight solution than Hyper-V.

To learn more, read our detailed Citrix Hypervisor vs. Hyper-V Report (Updated: September 2023).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The initial setup is easy.""Installing Hypervisor is really simple. It's the simplest setup I've ever done before. We used a team to deploy it, and it doesn't take much time, like two or three hours tops.""I've found the following features to be the most valuable: user personalization layer, app layering, provisioning, and notification services for integration between different domains.""We can easily migrate VMs from one host to another.""Citrix Hypervisor does a great job overall, such as the virtualization of the host. It's very easy to manage the virtual machine, to create, and configure high availability.""Citrix Hypervisor is quick to deploy and easy to manage.""Scripting can automate procedures.""What I find most valuable in Citrix Hypervisor is its licensing policy, because you'll get it for free if you buy a Citrix XenDesktop license. You don't need to spend additional money on the Citrix Hypervisor because you can manage both the Citrix XenDesktop and the Citrix Hypervisor with just one license, so you can save on cost. I also like that the solution is good support-wise. Hardware support is also faster compared to other solutions."

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"One of the most valuable features of Hyper-V is ease to use.""The initial setup was very easy.""The solution is easy to configure.""It's good for what it does. If you have a small or medium-scale acclimatization, it's an excellent solution.""The initial setup is simple. There's not much to do. We input one command or just one or two clicks on the UI. Initial setup in the Windows environment for any software is not that difficult.""I like the functionality.""The replication, creation, and import wizard, as well as the integration with reporting tools, are the most useful features.""It's a stable product."

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"Citrix is not investing in the virtual surroundings.""It can be useful to have a web management program because we have to install our client-server. We have to properly manage the host, if we had administration tools through a web interface it would be a benefit.""We'd like them to add more automation to the product.""I find that the features in Citrix Hypervisor are not as rich as with VMware. It would be a benefit if they had some of the other features VMware has, such as the ability to expand a drive on the fly. You do not have to take down the machine to do it but in Citrix you do.""The solution needs better backup facilities that are available for virtual machines to create servers on.""The graphics user interface is pretty bad.""The main problem with Citrix Hypervisor is getting readily available backup solutions for it. It would be wonderful if Hypervisor were better integrated with third-party backup solutions.""Citrix could provide more tools to help the client manage the solution because we need to build our own tools in some cases. Everything is available through PowerShell, but then you need to build your own scripts to do the more advanced work."

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"If I want to create a cluster of around five to 10 physical servers Hyper-V does not get integrated with any kind of virtual sense, such as vSense.""Sometimes there's a bit of slowness in the VMs.""I have found it difficult to manage more than one virtual machine.""Failure capabilities are insufficient for disaster recovery.""If you have a bigger implementation, you need more tools to coexist with many, many features that are not present in the base Hyper-V.""Hyper-V requires improvement with manageability.""The solution should improve its native integration with other public cloud solutions.""VLAN is not very easy to configure."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There is a license required to use this solution. You need a license on every server, but the license is more for support than anything else. The cost is not expensive, it is a fraction of the cost of VMware. When you look at the cost overall and features, Citrix Hypervisor has a very attractive offering."
  • "The cost of this product is not high."
  • "Citrix Hypervisor is a licensed product, and customers who buy the Citrix XenDesktop get Citrix Hypervisor for free. If they don't buy the license for Citrix XenDesktop, they'll need to pay for Citrix Hypervisor and its price is high. Pricing is even higher than VMware. The licensing policy for Citrix Hypervisor is good. It's straightforward. The only issue is the price because it's an expensive product."
  • "There are three editions available and I believe they are perpetual licenses."
  • "We used it only for some desktop licenses, so the pricing is great. We used the free licenses for server virtualization."
  • "Citrix Hypervisor is expensive."
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  • "I think I'm okay with the cost. There are no monthly or yearly costs or additional costs."
  • "I recommend Hyper-V to customers with budget constraints."
  • "The licensing costs depend on the environment you have. If you have an environment of less than 10 or 30 VMs, It's nice to have a Hyper-V, but if you have more than 100 or 200, I would recommend using VCenter, VMware virtualization, especially for an on-premise solution."
  • "Hyper-V is more cost-effective for the size of our business One of the Hyper-V's biggest advantages over VMware is the cost. We are a small business, so Hyper-V allowed us to virtualize everything we need without breaking the bank."
  • "Licensing needs to be a lot easier to manage with Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware is easier."
  • "Hyper-V is free when you buy Windows Server. You only have to pay for engaging in the management aspect in System Center."
  • "There is a license to use this solution and it is an annual purchase."
  • "Hyper-V is free-of-charge."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We used it only for some desktop licenses, so the pricing is great. We used the free licenses for server virtualization.
    Top Answer:The user interface's graphics are pretty bad. I have to go into the command line interface to reach any solution. If I get in trouble, I'll need the CLI. When there are no problems, the GUI is enough… more »
    Top Answer:KVM is better. But let's just look at the software instead of judging. Hyper-V was a free solution from Microsoft to virtualize Server or Client OS as it is a feature on Windows Server since 2008… more »
    Top Answer:One of the best things about Proxmox VE is that it is open-source and very inexpensive. You get all of the same features as with the more well-known products. Proxmox VE is very easy to deploy - it… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is highly scalable.
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    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.

    Hyper-V is a hardware virtualization tool that allows users to create virtual computer environments with multiple operating systems on a single physical server. Each virtual machine has computer parts, such as memory, processor, storage, and networking, and acts like a standard computer - running its own operating system and software programs. Each component of the virtual machine can be configured to meet your specific requirements.

    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 machine or server. Each virtual machine runs in its own isolated space, which means you can run many virtual machines simultaneously but independently of each other. This helps prevent problems such as a crash affecting the other workloads and enables different users to separately access various systems.

    Benefits of Hyper-V

    • Simplify application testing: With Hyper-V you can easily add and remove operating systems from your virtual machines, enabling you to run and test your applications on each of them all from one single computer.

    • Minimize resource usage and scalability: Virtual machines are easier to manage than physical hardware and less expensive. You can also maximize your server use by allocating its resources more efficiently than you can with physical hardware alone.

    Hyper-V key features:.

    • Replication and migration: Hyper-V can replicate virtual machines for backups onto different sites. Hyper-V also provides a migration tool for moving a virtual machine from one Hyper-V host to another without causing any downtime.

    • Remote connection: Hyper-V’s remote connectivity tool allows administrators to remotely access a virtual machine.

    • Security: Hyper-V keeps virtual machines secure from malware attacks, unauthorized access, and data breaching attempts.

     Reviews from Real Users

    Hyper-V stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its flexibility, its replication capabilities, and the fact that its virtual machines utilize a small amount of resources..

    Liam L., the owner of a tech services company, writes, “It is actually very low on resources. It doesn't use many resources. It is also very easy to tailor. You can change things like the amount of memory and storage on the fly. It is very stable and reliable. I like its replication feature, which is very good. It is also very easy to move the virtual machines across push servers without any difficulty. Its performance is also very good. Now with this pandemic, a lot of workers are working from home. A lot of workers have been using laptops as their desktop computers, and they would remote into a virtual PC. There is no difficulty, and they can't tell the difference between this and the real one. It is much easier to manage.”

    Kevin E. an IT director at Homeland Technology Group, LLC, notes, “We've probably seen a 50 percent speed increase on our SQL server. Hyper-V has also significantly reduced our downtimes with faster boot-up and reboot. If we have to reboot a server, there is maybe two or three minutes of downtime. When we were on a bare-metal server, it could be five to ten minutes due to the total boot time.”

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    Sample Customers
    U.S. Army Shared Services Center, SoftLayer, Educational Services of America, Independent Bank, and SK Telecom.
    Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS.
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Educational Organization49%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Outsourcing Company9%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Educational Organization29%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise30%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise56%
    Large Enterprise29%
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise27%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise37%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Citrix Hypervisor is ranked 8th in Server Virtualization Software with 12 reviews while Hyper-V is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 38 reviews. Citrix Hypervisor is rated 8.8, while Hyper-V is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Citrix Hypervisor writes "An easy-to-use solution with virtualization features that helped during lockdown". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Hyper-V writes "It's a low-cost solution that enabled us to shrink everything down into a single server ". Citrix Hypervisor is most compared with Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM VirtualBox, KVM and Nutanix AHV Virtualization, whereas Hyper-V is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Workstation, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Nutanix AHV Virtualization. See our Citrix Hypervisor vs. Hyper-V report.

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