Virtualization Review Roundup: VMware vs. Citrix vs. Hyper-V – Big League Competition

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This week’s review roundup features one of the most popular discussions in the IT community – the best server virtualization software on the market. The competition in this category is big-league. As one of our reviewers recently wrote: “A quick Google search for comparisons will return at least several hundred thousand hits. There seems to be a large number of posts and articles trying to make a case that one is better than the other.”


Indeed, many of our community members passionately discuss the pros and cons of the virtualization solutions they are using. Read what our real users have to say about three of these solutions:

VMware – “I have tried other hypervisor technologies including XenServer, Hyper V, KVM, Parallels and virtual box. They all do the same thing, but ESXi has been doing it better for longer…[Valuable features] You can get it downloaded and installed for free. It allows you to do more with less. It’s easy to use and simple to configure. There are hardware vendor specific builds of the software, increasing visibility and manageability of the product.” Read more here.

Citrix – “Pros: Xen is an open source virtualization server widely used in IT. It provides simple and robust commands to manage Xen environment for managing virtual hosts.Backup and recovery of virtual hosts are simple. It can be managed remotely with XenCenter. It supports all client OS like windows, linux etc. Cons:  It requires system with large number of CPUs and large number of memory to support guest operating systems. Not able to export virtual hosts in other virtualization software.” Read more here.

Hyper-V – “I’ve used Hyper-V 2012 for 6 months for deployment of new VM’s. The speed of the VM’s has improved the way we function, although the storage features could use some improvement. Overall, I gave Hyper-V 4 stars although we did encounter issues wit “h deployment and there were times when it was not stable which caused the VM to reboot without notice. Before implementing Hyper-V, we also evaluated options from VMware. If you don’t have a need for complex apps then Hyper-V is the correct solution to choose.” Read more here.

Visit IT Central Station to browse hundreds of real user reviews of virtualization solutions including VMwareCitrix, OracleMicrosoft, and more.



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