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Citrix Hypervisor vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox
July 2022
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"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.""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.""Scripting can automate procedures.""The compatibility of the solution is its most valuable feature. It's compatible on almost every cloud these days.""It is quite flexible and rugged. It is also easy to understand and user-friendly. It is not as complicated as some of the other solutions. It has its technicalities, but it is easy to understand. You can easily pick up in a short period of time and understand how to manage the infrastructure.""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.""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."

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"Technical support is good.""The installation is easy.""It's very simple to use.""Oracle VM Virtualbox is easy to use and does not require much training.""Oracle VM VirtualBox is easy to use.""It's a pretty good product in terms of monitoring.""It is easy to use and does not require complex knowledge.""I like that it is free and runs on Linux/Ubuntu - I wouldn't use any other solution. I am able to perform small developing tests."

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Cons
"Overall, I can't think of a feature that is lacking. We've been pretty satisfied overall.""The solution is only in English. It would be ideal if it was in Portuguese.""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.""Integration with other vendors and other applications could be improved.""The solution should be more flexible and allow for greater customization.""I am not very sure about how flexible Citrix Hypervisor is with different types of infrastructures. I only know it is flexible with Nutanix, but I am not sure if it is also flexible with others. They can make its integration with other platforms or OEMs easy. They should also make it easy for users to manage their infrastructure. Citrix should make compatibility information related to a hypervisor easily available in a datasheet. Citrix isn't really recognized in this part of the world, and they need to expand their solution and make it more available. There are a lot of customers and companies that are looking for a solution like Citrix, and it should be available in this part of the world. They need to educate people more. Technically, it is good and flexible and has good ability, but it is not as much known as VMware or Microsoft. Their support should also be improved. Currently, if you don't have an updated version, they will not give you the attention.""You need a licensed account to look up technical support.""It needs to have a more robust backup solution."

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"It would be good if we could use Hyper-V Windows subsystems with Linux and VirtualBox on the same instance. Currently, to be able to use VirtualBox, we have to restart the machine into an instance of Windows where Hyper-V is disabled, which is understandably very inconvenient.""The AI and the UI could be improved. The user interface is a little outdated and the AI is not very attractive.""When I select the Ubuntu operating system from within the virtual machine, it sometimes hangs.""The user interface needs to be improved.""There are a few bugs that need to be updated.""Oracle VM VirtualBox is not flexible, It's not like VMware.""The installation is difficult and could be improved.""The solution needs to improve the methods used for starting and stopping the machine."

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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 pretty good for the price, which is free."
  • "This is an open-source product and it can be used free of charge."
  • "There are no licensing fees."
  • "The license I use is free."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "No licensing is required as it is open-source."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Citrix Hypervisor is quick to deploy and easy to manage.
    Top Answer:I don't manage the the licensing. I know generally that Citrix is cheaper than VMware, but I don't know by how much.
    Top Answer: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… 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:We're still dealing with POCs. In the future, if it works okay, we'll try it in a larger environment.
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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.

    Oracle VM Virtualbox is a cross-platform virtualizer for x86 servers and desktops, and is also for embedded usage. With this product, you can run multiple operating systems on a single machine, all at the same time, making it a powerful tool to test, develop, demonstrate and deploy solutions.

    Oracle VM Virtualbox is a professional solution that is also freely available as Open Source Software. It is for both enterprise and home use. This x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization software is high performing and rich in features. 

    Oracle VM Virtualbox currently runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris and Macintosh. It also supports many guest operating systems, such as Windows, DOX/Windows 3. Linux, OS/2, OpenBSD, Solaris and OpenSolaris.

    For more information on Oracle VM VirtualBox, visit Oracle.com

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    Sample Customers
    U.S. Army Shared Services Center, SoftLayer, Educational Services of America, Independent Bank, and SK Telecom.
    Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.
    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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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    University12%
    Government8%
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization5%
    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 Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise28%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix Hypervisor vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Hypervisor vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,812 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix Hypervisor is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 16 reviews while Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews. Citrix Hypervisor is rated 8.2, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.8. 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 Oracle VM VirtualBox writes "A free and versatile open-source solution that supports multiple platforms and is easy to set up". Citrix Hypervisor is most compared with Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, KVM and Oracle VM, whereas Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and Nutanix AHV. See our Citrix Hypervisor vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox report.

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