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We performed a comparison between Citrix Hypervisor and RHEV based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Server Virtualization Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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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.""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.""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.""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.""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.""The continued uptime of our virtual machines is good.""The ability to move a virtual machine while it is running is a big advantage."

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"The solution is overall very good with all the facilities. It is user friendly, easy to configure, has documentation, and support is available.""The solution is stable.""I can control and manage everything. I know everything that's cooking inside. This is the best part for me.""This solution is very stable. Much more so than similar products.""It's a scalable solution.""We find the ease of use of this solution to be invaluable. It is user-friendly and integrates well with other software.""Customers are moving to open source and Red Hat is the leader in this particular space. I think customers feel more confident running Red Hat Virtualization than VMware.""It is very stable."

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"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.""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.""It needs to have a more robust backup solution.""Live migration is something that can be improved.""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.""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.""You need a licensed account to look up technical support.""Overall, I can't think of a feature that is lacking. We've been pretty satisfied overall."

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"We would like the dashboard feature of this solution to be improved, as it is not very detailed at present.""While everything needs improvement in some way, I have no specifics.""RHEV can improve by keeping pace with new features and new enhancements. They should not be halted or delayed innovation because over the past quarter the enhancements have not been as fast as they have been previously.""There is not any proper documentation on the site to reference.""We hope that Red Hat can produce a paradigm edition. We are looking for paradigm computing and paradigm storage. Its scalability can be improved. It is not easy to scale, and we hope that Red Hat can provide a more scalable system. They should also provide local service and support. Our customers are looking for a good software vendor to provide professional services.""Customers are not aware of this solution, they can improve by providing more awareness and solution availability.""This solution could be more secure.""When we do a direct comparison, then obviously VMware does better in terms of having Fault Tolerance and doing active disaster recovery and these kind of things. This is something that can be improved within Red Hat."

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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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  • "I believe we pay on a yearly basis."
  • "We buy a license for commercial use, and we also use the free editions."
  • "We have to pay extra for vulnerability and fault tolerance."
  • "The solution does not require licencing but a subscription is necessary, which is very affordable."
  • "The price of RHEV is high. It is an open-source solution, the price should be less. The price should not be on par with a solution, such as VMware. It's not more or equal to VMware, it's less, but the difference should be more substantial."
  • "This product has a variety of licensing options available. However, the level of licensing, and therefore the cost of licensing, is dependent on the number of servers being utilized."
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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:We buy a license for commercial use, and we also use the free editions.
    Top Answer:We hope that Red Hat can produce a paradigm edition. We are looking for paradigm computing and paradigm storage. Its scalability can be improved. It is not easy to scale, and we hope that Red Hat can… 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.

    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, or RHEV, is a leading open standard enterprise virtualization management solution. This solution supports virtualization of servers and desktops using the same infrastructure and a single easy-to-use interface.

    Because RHEV is based on open standards, it is vendor-independent and a lot more cost effective and flexible than proprietary solutions.

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    Sample Customers
    U.S. Army Shared Services Center, SoftLayer, Educational Services of America, Independent Bank, and SK Telecom.
    Qualcomm and Bonham's Auction House.
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Educational Organization6%
    Comms Service Provider40%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Legal Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise31%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business52%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix Hypervisor vs. RHEV
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Hypervisor vs. RHEV and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix Hypervisor is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 15 reviews while RHEV is ranked 10th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews. Citrix Hypervisor is rated 8.0, while RHEV 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 RHEV writes "An enterprise-level virtualization platform". Citrix Hypervisor is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, KVM and VMware Workstation, whereas RHEV is most compared with VMware vSphere, KVM, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI). See our Citrix Hypervisor vs. RHEV report.

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