Hyper-V | XenServer | vSphere

Update: this is out of date, needs to be updated for vSphere 5.1!


I took all of the pictures that David Davis took at Microsoft TechEd 2012 today comparing Microsoft Hyper-V 2012, Citrix XenServer 6.0, and vSphere (free) and vSphere Enterprise Plus. This is not meant to be an unbiased view, this is simply a spreadsheet view of the screenshots that David took at TechEd…as presented by Microsoft, so of course they might have a specific view on the comparison of these features. Hopefully later I’ll have time to add in all of the fine print they had at the bottom of the screen.


10 thoughts on “Hyper-V | XenServer | vSphere

  1. vSphere is the only solution –the list of patents held by VMware Inc. is astounding and they employ highly-educated and distinguished researchers and entire teams of people who think about enterprise virtualization all day and all night long. For this, they charge a big fee. A lot of posers can’t pay a fee (even if they wanted to), not even $560 for VSphere Essentials, so they use mainly free software (and a whole lot of rationalization) which has promoted half-baked things like Xen and VBox, acquired by companies like Citrix and Oracle playing “catch up”. Meanwhile Microsoft has noticed this virtualization-thing and their team of B-actors and occasional young-blood-who-hasnt-quite-gone-bald-and-burned-out yet developers have hacked something into Windows and attached a “knock-off” team to copy the direction their “partners” at VMware are moving. (I have nothing to do with VMware, Citrix or Microsoft.)

    1. sounds like more anger here than points one would use in making a useful comparison between solutions. as the saying goes, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”.

      Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V satisfy many requirements that businesses have. There is no question that vSphere has more features and has established itself as the dominant player in this market, but the day is coming where the features people have needed in the past and used vSphere for will be satisfied by a number of hypervisor options. Basic features are commodity. BC/DR, automation, billing, mobility between internal and external, security, etc are the new features that hypervisors like vSphere, XenServer and Hyper-V will be comparing…so the question is…what business requirements do you have?

      1. Need to factor in the TCO (total cost of ownership) both Hyper-V and XenServer require much higher operational cost over vSphere. They are more time consuming and difficult to manage in larger deployments.

        Also need to factor in stability and reliability, neither Hyper-V nor XenServer has the stability or reliability of vSphere. The cost to the business after a couple of hyper-visor crashes is going to be much higher than the money you saved on licensing by going with Hyper-V or XenServer .

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