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We performed a comparison between Citrix Hypervisor and VMware vSphere 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.

To learn more, read our detailed Citrix Hypervisor vs. VMware vSphere report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Q&A Highlights
Question: What do each of the VMware and Citrix products do?
Answer: Sure, at a high level: VMware products allow you to set up multiple virtual servers on a single physical server. This allows you to run the virtual servers on the physical server resources. It is an easy way to replicate environments so that there are no surprises when you go to production. You can set up development, QA and UAT all on the same physical box which are identical. Citrix products allow you to process at a data center where your computing power is located. The user attaches to the Citrix network from remote location, uses the application which runs at the data center but only the screens and data is transferred. The process eliminates latency in distribution to remote user locations. Using Citrix a document can be created in Philadelphia and viewed in Hong Kong virtually without any user detectible delay because all of the processing was done at a data center in Philadelphia. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more details.
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Pros
"The compatibility of the solution is its most valuable feature. It's compatible on almost every cloud these days.""The most valuable features are being able to host many virtual machines and being able to patch machines.""Ability to move your virtual machines from one host to another.""The onboarding process is pretty straightforward.""The continued uptime of our virtual machines is good.""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.""The ability to move a virtual machine while it is running is a big advantage.""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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"The GUI is very simple to use.""VMware vSphere has a lot of features that are valuable, such as multiple clusters, VM mobility, VDI, and virtual desktop.""The features that I have found most valuable are the overall good ease of use and the good interface which makes it very easy to migrate from one bare metal to another. These are the two things which I like about it.""The performance is efficient.""VMware vSphere has plenty of features.""An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services, the operation of the instances between clustered services, and providing the projected SLA for our customers.""The latest innovation always comes from VMware.""It affords us different views of the VMs created by vSphere so we can control them better."

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"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.""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.""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.""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.""You need a licensed account to look up technical support.""Integration with other vendors and other applications could be improved.""The solution should be more flexible and allow for greater customization."

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"An area for improvement is that when comparing VMware to Nutanix, Nutanix has higher availability, like clustering for virtual machines. That is a good idea and VMware could profit from something like that for higher availability installations.""It could be more composable. At present, a fluid pool is not available to us. It would be great to have the flexibility.""The VMware vSphere app is faster, compared to its web-based client. The web-based client is very slow, freezes, and is challenging to use.""The improvement is more from a licensing perspective rather than from a feature functionality perspective. There could be more flexibility and fewer model options to make it easier to sell. Today, there are so many different options available, and sometimes, it is not really clear which one is the right version or the right model to propose.""The technical support could improve by being a little faster.""VMware vSphere could improve on the automation features and the ease of use of the solution in many areas, such as the interface. However, VMware is doing lots of great things.""The price is a big issue for us because the market is very competitive in our country, so we can't really push our VMware vSphere products because the customers will prefer to use something cheaper.""The price could be better. The licensing is definitely expensive and tech support is sometimes frustrating."

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  • "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 expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "In my opinion, the essential version is a good price."
  • "The price of this solution is mid-range."
  • "I think it's a fair price. We are using it on the production side, and everything is good from our experience. That's why I would say that the cost isn't too high. However, it would always be nice if it was cheaper."
  • "Pricing is a little bit on the higher side, compared to other products."
  • "Container support is the last great addition for VMware and it is worth the money you spend on it."
  • "The license growth of vSphere depends on the growth of the visual environment and the addition of more hosts."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Yasser Ghonaim - PeerSpot reviewerYasser Ghonaim
    Real User

    VMware and Citrix server virtualization do almost the same thing with nearly same options, on the other hand Citrix Xenapp and Xendesktop is far more advanced and efficient and have their own secured protocol. I've been using Citrix Xenapp for long time, it is an amazing solution saving huge cost related to communication channels and software license. Also I implemented Citrix Xenapp on VMware and HyperV. The stability of Citrix over VMware is far more better than over HyperV. We used the Citrix Xenapp to streaming Oracle EBS and Microsoft office to remote users (about 13000 user) it served up to 1600 concurrent user very efficient.

    it_user86838 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user86838 (Implementation Unit at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)
    Consultant

    Hi,

    VMware and Citrix XenServer both are Bare metal (Type1) Virtualization Software. Both are good. But VMware is too user friendly and good for Enterprise as well. Whereas, Citrix is good for SMB.

    it_user127791 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user127791 (IT Representative at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees)
    Vendor

    In short, there are so many options with each company that it is hard to provide a short sweet answer.  From my experience, Citrix has been used primarily to enable one to access computers and systems remotely as well as a tool to enable folks to get together via an online meeting format.  VMWare, conversely, has been used for virtual environments where one could host their servers, say up to 4 or 5 of them, virtually, on each ESXi host machine.  Again, each company has many products, however I have thought of them as an apples verses oranges comparison in as far as the service/products they offer. One can explore Citrix products at http://www.citrix.com/products.html?posit=glnav and VMWare products at http://www.vmware.com/products/. 

     
    -Jeff

    Dan Withrow - PeerSpot reviewerDan Withrow
    Real User

    Adding to Howard's points, you can virtualize NetScaler as well. It is now replacing Cisco's Load Balancing line of products. Citrix XenServer also allows for users to build their own Cloud.
    As with Rakesh's comments, Citrix can provide some of same benefits.
    1. Reduce physical space in the data center, thereby reducing physical server maintenance, cooling costs and OPEX.
    2. Using templates, you can deploy virtual servers in hours instead of days or weeks with physical purchases.
    3. With Desktop virtualization, Microsoft has VDA licensing. Server OS licensing remains the same.

    Overall, both vendors have their own key points of expertise, it will depend on what you really want to accomplish with virtualization.

    it_user134880 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user134880 (IT Manager at a non-tech company)
    Vendor

    Haven't used citrix but had been useing VMWARE , I will therefore concentrate on VMware alone.
    VMWare benefits on Multiple fronts
    1. Reduce Physical Space of Data Center
    2. Reduces Physical Server Maintenance Cost and thereby OPEX
    3. Make implementing Redundancy much Easier
    4. Servers are Up in Days compared to conventional methods where we needed to procure physical Servers
    5. Reduce Energy Cost as we have reduced number of Physical Servers
    6. Reduces Windows OS licensing cost

    it_user113568 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user113568 (Account Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees)
    Real User

    Adding to Howard's points above, VMware uses their existing Hypervisor platform to enable customers build their own Cloud too.

    it_user99459 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user99459 (Infra Director with 51-200 employees)
    Vendor

    Vmware and Citrix both do similar things. They both offer server virtualization and desktop virtualization (plus other related software). VMware is the clear market leader for server virtualzation (Vsphere) and Citrix is the leader in desktop / application virtualization (Xendesktop / Xenapp). They both offer network software enhancements (and Citrix has NetScaler hardware). If you have any questions, please email howieb@hotmail.com

    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:DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU has to be activated at the bios level. It exists on Intel and AMD platforms. It is used a lot inside virtualization platforms like VMware VSphere. It… more »
    Top Answer:We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux and Windows. For us, VMware does not offer any advantage. Moreover, KVM is free.
    Top Answer:We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We found… 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.

    VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

    Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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    Sample Customers
    U.S. Army Shared Services Center, SoftLayer, Educational Services of America, Independent Bank, and SK Telecom.
    Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Non Tech Company8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Retailer6%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business31%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix Hypervisor vs. VMware vSphere
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Hypervisor vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix Hypervisor is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 15 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 134 reviews. Citrix Hypervisor is rated 8.0, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. 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 VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Citrix Hypervisor is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle VM, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation, KVM and IBM Turbonomic. See our Citrix Hypervisor vs. VMware vSphere report.

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