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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: January 2023).
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"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.""The solution is extremely stable.""The ability to move a virtual machine while it is running is a big advantage.""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.""The compatibility of the solution is its most valuable feature. It's compatible on almost every cloud these days.""Citrix Hypervisor is quick to deploy and easy to manage.""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.""Ability to move your virtual machines from one host to another."

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"The performance is very good.""The solution is easy to configure.""The initial setup of Hyper-V is far easier than VMware.""Hyper-V's technical support is good - they're responsive and sort cases based on criticality and category, so they get dealt with quickly and by the correct team.""It's a very manageable product.""The initial setup was very easy.""My understanding is it's easy to set up.""We appreciate how easy this solution is to implement on standalone severs."

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"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.""It needs to have a more robust backup solution.""There are several areas that need improvement including the stability of the networking stack and networking management.""The solution needs better backup facilities that are available for virtual machines to create servers on.""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.""Citrix Hypervisor is expensive if you get it as a stand-alone product, so this is one area for improvement. Its price could be cheaper. We also found other areas for improvement in Citrix Hypervisor, for example, we can't use SCIM provisioning, and there are limitations to the size of the HDD. Another area for improvement is the pass-through storage, in particular the removable storage, because that also has limitations where you can't connect to the drive if it is more than one TB.""The solution should be more flexible and allow for greater customization.""Integration with other vendors and other applications could be improved."

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"The technical support is good but it could improve by being faster.""The Hyper-V management console could be improved to make it easier. It should be a little bit more granular. Various virtual switches could also be improved to make virtual desk management slightly better. The replication could be improved slightly. The checkpoints or snapshots could be improved to make it a bit more transparent to the user.""I have found it difficult to manage more than one virtual machine.""Hyper-V could benefit with improvements to their management interface.""One of the network problems I face is I cannot introduce other security layers on top of Hyper-V as you can in VMware. When it comes to the network the VMware is more flexible than Hyper-V.""The backup site could be better. We used to face a lot of issues, and we are looking to solve that now. We are in the process of moving all the infrastructure to the cloud. It could also use more integration on the management part. We also need more integration on the monitoring sites.""Hyper-V's management platform falls short in terms of scalability, especially when handling multiple Hyper-V servers. VMware has a central console to pull in all your VM servers, so you can easily manage them all through one console. You can manage servers in Hyper-V's admin centers, but it's not as scalable. It's doable with a couple of Hyper-V servers, but it becomes harder to manage when you get over two or three Hyper-V servers.""The product can be a bit difficult to use."

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  • "The licensing is straight forward based on usage and features."
  • "I am fine with their license support. What we have right now is permanent, so I don't have a problem with their license."
  • "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."
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  • "This is a fairly expensive product because it balances the needs of security."
  • "If you have the standard edition of Windows server then with each copy of the operating system, you have two virtual machines for free."
  • "Because we're an NGO or a charity, we get discount rates from Microsoft. The costs are not astronomical for us. To give you an example, Office 2019 would only cost 30 or 45 for us. We tend to use the on-premises version rather than the cloud version. The reason is that the subscription service works out more expensive after a few years than the on-premise version. We're not worried about having the bleeding edge stuff. We just want it to be functional."
  • "Hyper-V is cost-effective and is a one-time purchase. Microsoft has multiple licensing options available, such as a subscription model and an outside purchase model that customers can choose as per their requirements."
  • "There is a perpetual license to use the solution and there are additional fees for support."
  • "There is a license required to use Hyper-V and there are bundle packages you can purchase making it cheaper than other solutions, such as VMware. Additionally, if there is a lot of guest OS that requires Windows, then Microsoft becomes cheaper."
  • "Thanks to our enterprise agreement with Microsoft, Hyper-V is free for us."
  • "I think I'm okay with the cost. There are no monthly or yearly costs or additional costs."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Pricing may be going up, which is not good. We pay for the solution on a yearly basis. There are no costs beyond the standard licensing fee.
    Top Answer:The interface has to be updated. The management console has to be a console that can work on any platform instead of just Windows. The problem is that Mac users cannot install the management console… 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 »
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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 Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Non Tech Company7%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Educational Organization8%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Outsourcing Company9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise32%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise26%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix Hypervisor vs. Hyper-V
    January 2023
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    Citrix Hypervisor is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews while Hyper-V is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 46 reviews. Citrix Hypervisor is rated 8.4, while Hyper-V is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Citrix Hypervisor writes "The ability to move a VM while it is still running and continue doing maintenance work is a big advantage". 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, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Nutanix AHV Virtualization, whereas Hyper-V is most compared with VMware vSphere, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Nutanix AHV Virtualization. See our Citrix Hypervisor vs. Hyper-V report.

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