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Alternatives to VMware Part 1: Exploring the Benefits of Citrix Hypervisor

Virtualization has become a fundamental technology in the modern IT landscape. While VMware has long been a dominant player in the virtualization space, there has been a growing demand for alternative platforms that offer similar features and capabilities.

Virtualization software is maturing, and organizations are deploying it more widely than ever before. This trend has led to a proliferation of virtualization platforms offering various features and capabilities. In a recent survey, 48% of IT professionals cited cost as the primary factor driving them to consider alternatives to VMware. The days of a one-size-fits-all virtualization platform are over. Today, customers need choice and flexibility to meet the needs of their organization.

In this four-part series about virtualization, we'll explain the pros and cons of Citrix Hypervisor, Red Hat Virtualization, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Oracle VirtualBox compared to VMware. 

4 Benefits of Using Citrix Hypervisor

Formerly known as Citrix XenServer, Citrix Hypervisor is a powerful open-source virtualization platform that enables businesses to create and manage virtual machines on a large scale. It provides a highly scalable, secure, and efficient solution for managing virtualized workloads in data centers, clouds, and other IT environments.

Citrix Hypervisor offers a range of beneficial features that make it a viable alternative to VMware, including:

  1. High Availability and Disaster Recovery: Citrix Hypervisor includes built-in features for high availability and disaster recovery ensuring that VMs remain available.
  2. Live VM Migration: Citrix Hypervisor supports live VM migration of VMs between physical servers.
    Performance And Scalability: Citrix Hypervisor is designed for high performance and scalability, supporting up to 288 physical cores and 12TB of RAM per host.
  3. Security: Citrix Hypervisor provides a secure virtualization environment, including support for secure boot, secure VM migration, and integration with Active Directory.
  4. Cost-effective: Citrix Hypervisor is a cost-effective alternative to VMware, with a lower cost of ownership and no licensing fees for many of its advanced features.

Disadvantages of Citrix Hypervisor

While Citrix Hypervisor offers many benefits as an alternative to VMware, there are some drawbacks to consider:

  • Limited Third-party Support: Citrix Hypervisor has a smaller user base than VMware, which means fewer third-party integrations and tools are available.
  • Steep Learning Curve: Citrix Hypervisor can be more challenging to set up and manage than VMware, particularly for those new to virtualization.
  • Lack Of Some Advanced Features: While Citrix Hypervisor offers many advanced features, it lacks some of the more advanced features offered by VMware, such as vSphere Storage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI).

Embracing a new virtualization technology can be a daunting task, as it often comes with a learning curve. However, Citrix Hypervisor offers a seamless migration path and emerges as an excellent alternative to VMware. With its user-friendly features and smooth transition process, Citrix Hypervisor presents a compelling option for organizations seeking to explore new virtualization possibilities.


Ken Jones

Written by Ken Jones

Ken is the Manger of Infrastructure and Systems on our IT Services team. He has over 20 years of experience building and maintaining systems, specializing in Citrix and VMware.