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Citrix Hypervisor vs. KVM
May 2022
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Pros
"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 continued uptime of our virtual machines is good.""Scripting can automate procedures.""The ability to move a virtual machine while it is running is a big advantage.""Citrix Hypervisor integrates easily and I can manage the infrastructure better. If I need to take a machine down to expand the hard drive, I do not have to physically be here. I do not need to order new equipment or new hard drives. I can shut it down, increase the drive space and bring it back up.""Citrix Hypervisor is quick to deploy and easy to manage.""The most valuable features are being able to host many virtual machines and being able to patch machines.""The compatibility of the solution is its most valuable feature. It's compatible on almost every cloud these days."

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"If you prefer command-line, there are all kinds of command-line options.""I like that it's easy to manage. It's also more powerful when it comes to security than others. That point of view is the one consideration. The other consideration is that it's cost-effective.""This solution is open source and easy to configure.""The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before.""Very cost-effective.""KVM is stable.""I have found KVM to be scalable.""Good screen and keyboard sharing feature."

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"Overall, I can't think of a feature that is lacking. We've been pretty satisfied overall.""The solution should be more flexible and allow for greater customization.""You need a licensed account to look up technical support.""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 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.""Live migration is something that can be improved.""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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"There are some issues with the graphics and some software that is very complex.""Business continuity features need to be added.""Monitoring and resolution could be improved.""Technical support could be better. In the next release, I would like to see an improved user interface and dashboard. This type of improvement will make it easy or help our engineers understand the solution from a requirement point of view.""Lacks high availability across clusters as well as support for Apache CloudStack.""I have previously used VMware and KVM is easier to use. However, they both have their strengths depending on their use cases. They are mostly equal. One of VMware's advantages is it has better support.""One thing that maybe could be improved is making it easier to scale. It needs to be more clear on how to scale the storage space for virtual machines.""In our setup, we do not have any dashboards or orchestration, and it is hard to manage. We have 25 gig network cards, but the software driver we have only supported 10 gigs."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Citrix is a good low-cost alternative to VMware, so if budgeting is an issue then I would recommend it."
  • "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."
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  • "It is free for everyone."
  • "The price is fair compared to others. But in our local market, it's a problem to get budget approval from management. That's why they are trying to get those products so we can give them the price benefit. But if you consider the international market or other products, it's sometimes better than their price."
  • "We had some problems with the licensing."
  • "KVM is priced reasonably."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:I would prefer if KVM was easier to scale and not so limited. Overall the product has been helpful. It is easy to use, and was quite straight-forward to set up. Since I have been using KVM, I have not… more »
    Top Answer:KVM is easy to use, stable and flexible. It is mature and very fast. It is an affordable open-source solution that is easy to set up and manage. It offers very good security. It has a virtual manager… 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 »
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    Overview

    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.

    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko.
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    Sample Customers
    U.S. Army Shared Services Center, SoftLayer, Educational Services of America, Independent Bank, and SK Telecom.
    MediaWiki, Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikidata, Wikiversity, Commons
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Non Tech Company8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Energy/Utilities Company22%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm22%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm11%
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    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix Hypervisor vs. KVM
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Hypervisor vs. KVM and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    608,713 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix Hypervisor is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 17 reviews while KVM is ranked 4th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews. Citrix Hypervisor is rated 8.2, while KVM is rated 7.4. 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 KVM writes "Stable, easy to set up, and very easy to use". Citrix Hypervisor is most compared with Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle VM, whereas KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and Nutanix Acropolis AOS. See our Citrix Hypervisor vs. KVM report.

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