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Company Name
Contact Name
Project Reference
Date
Evaluation Report For:
Identify "Showstoppers"
Include Matrix Table
Your Custom Matrix Scores 210 159 188 183
Baseline Matrix Scores
1
176 121 150 112



Custom Evaluation Report



Report Summary
The Matrix Score reflects the relative strength of the evaluated products; higher =better
Matrix Scores
130
195
260
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Total Products Evaluated 4
Matrix Features total number of features (lines) 114
Custom Features custom lines added 0
Total Evaluated Features 114
of which Specified as
"Must Have" 50
"Nice to Have" 19
"Irrelevant/Excluded" 45
Custom Matrix Score - by Category
Category vSphere 5.5 RHEV 3.3 HyperV 2012R2 XenServer 6.2
Total 210 159 188 183
General 8 9 3 13
Management 32 25 31 30
VM Mobility and HA 22 20 22 19
Hypervisor 52 44 48 40
Network and Storage 68 54 66 50
Cloud (Extensions) 0 0 0 0
VDI (Extensions) 28 7 18 31
Extensions - Other 0 0 0 0

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The baseline score is always calculated from the default matrix evaluations of each product.
The custom score reflects the score adjusted to your requirements. (can only be different when selecting "custom report" during the
initial wizard)

Detailed Matrix Scores
The "Matrix Score by category" view allows you to identify areas of strength or weakness
(bold =leadership).




Use "Feature Priorities by Category" to determine / validate your focus areas
(high percentage of "must have" =important)
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Feature Pri orities - by Category
Category Features Evaluated Must have Nice to have Irrelevant/Excluded
General 8 63% 13% 25%
Management 22 32% 9% 59%
VM Mobility and HA 12 42% 8% 50%
Hypervisor 17 82% 0% 18%
Network and Storage 25 68% 8% 24%
Cloud (Extensions) 7 0% 0% 100%
VDI (Extensions) 16 13% 81% 6%
Extensions - Other 7 0% 0% 100%
Must have
Nice to have
Strenghts: Number of Supported (Green) Features by Product Weaknesses: Number of Unsupported (Red) Features by Product



Identify Strengths and Weaknesses
Use these charts to visualize strengths and weaknesses - pay particular attention to number of "must have" features that are supported /
unsupported.
20
40
60
80
14
28
41
55
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General
Evaluation Panel Version vSphere 5.5 RHEV 3.3 HyperV 2012R2 XenServer 6.2
Edition Enterprise Plus -
with OM
RHEV DataCenter Commercial Edition
Content
Content Creator Virtualization Matrix Content created by
Virtualizationmatrix;
(Contributors: Sean Cohen,
Raissa Tona)
Virtualization Matrix Virtualization Matrix
musthave
Assessment
Overview vSphere 5.5 Enterprise
Plus with Operations
Management - Click Here
For Overview
RHEV 3.3 - Click Here
For Details
WS 2012 R2+SC 2012
R2 (DC) - Click HereFor
Overview
XenServer 6.2
Commercial Edition -
Click HereFor Details
musthave

Maturity ReleaseDates: vSphere
5.5: Sep 22nd 2013 (ESX:
2001/2002, ESXi:
Dec-2007) - morein details
RHEV 3.3 released in
January 2014 (RHEV 3.2 -
J une2013, RHEV 3.1 -
Dec 2012, RHEV 2.1 -
Nov 2009, 2.2: Aug 2010,
RHEV 3.0: J an
ReleaseDates -
WS2012R2, SC2012R2:
Oct 2013, WS2012: Sep
2012, SC2012 Apr 2012 -
SP1 J an 2013 (initial
Hyper-V: Jun 08, SCVMM
6.2 ReleaseDate: J une
2013 (Xen - 2003, Citrix
XenServer 2007, 5.6SP2
March 2011, v6: Sep 2011,
6.1: Sep 2012)
musthave

By default all features are classified as "nice to have". You can only re-prioritize the importance of features when selecting "Custom
Report" during the initial wizard".
For "Strength": Higher =Better; For "Weaknesses": Higher =Worse
Identify Showstoppers
This section lists your potential "Show-Stoppers" for each product - i.e. features that you specified as "Must Have" but are unsupported
(red).
Carefully review any products and features that are listed here.
vSphere 5.5 (Enterprise Plus - with OM):
This product has insufficient support for the following features that have been classified as important:
{Virtualization ($) , }
RHEV 3.3 (RHEV):
This product has insufficient support for the following features that have been classified as important:
{Market Position , }
HyperV 2012R2 (DataCenter):
This product has insufficient support for the following features that have been classified as important:
{Management ($) , Virtualizati on ($) , }
No showstoppers listed? Select "custom report" during the initial wizard and re-prioritize features
Matrix Content (Appendix)
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Market Position Leader (Position 1) Oneof the6 players in
Gartner Magic Quadrant
2013 - Click herefor
details
Leader' Quadrant
(behind VMware)
Challenger' Quadrant
(behind VMwareand MS)
nicetohave
Pricing
Virtualization ($) OM Ent+(5.5):
$4,245/socket +S&S 1Y:
$891 (B) or $1061 (Prod)
RHEV 3.3 Premium:
$1,499/socket-pair/year
RHEV 3.3 Standard:
$999/socket-pair/year
(Includes Desktop
Virtualization Features)
Datacenter: $6,1554 for
(up to) 2 sockets (28%
increase)
Open Source(free) or
commercial: Annual: $500
/ socket, Perpetual: $1250 /
socket (incl. SA and
support)
musthave

Management ($) $4995(Std) +$1049(B)
or $1249 (P), $1,495(Fnd)
+$545(B) or $645(P)
n/a (included in RHEV
hypervisor subscription
System Center 2012 R2
Datacenter: $3,607 or
Standard $1,323 per
managed endpoint (up to 2
CPU)
Free(XenCenter)
musthave

Bundle/Kit
Pricing ($)
SeeAK with OM -
EnterprisePlus
Yes, combined RHEL
and RHEV offering 26%
savings
ECI (20% discount) No
excluded

Guest OS
Licensing
OneSLES subscription
per active SnS
RHEV: No (RHEL:
1/4/unlimited)
yes - unlimited OSEs
(Windows Server vms)
No
excluded
Management
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Version vSphere 5.5 RHEV 3.3 HyperV 2012R2 XenServer 6.2
Edition Enterprise Plus -
with OM
RHEV DataCenter Commercial Edition
General
Central
Management
Yes (vCenter Server
Standard +enhanced Web
Client), enhanced vCSA,
new SSO
Yes (RHEV-M),
various improvements,
third-party plug-in
framework now GA -
NEW
Yes (SystemCenter
2012R2 / VMM)
Yes (XenCenter),
SCVMM (see details)
musthave

Virtual and
Physical
Limited (plug-ins) Third-party plug-in
framework
Yes (CompleteSC
mgmt, Fabric Updates,
Storage Management)
No
excluded

RBAC /
AD-Integration
Yes (vCenter and ESXi
hosts), enhanced SSO
Yes (AD and IPA) Yes (SCVMM) Yes (hosts/XenCenter)
musthave

Cross-Vendor
Mgmt
Limited (free) Multi-
Hypervisor Manager 1.1 ;
(vCloud Automation
Center - Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
No (yes with
CloudForms - Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
Improved (VMware&
Citrix Virtualization)
No (Yes for VDI and
CloudPlatform- Fee-Based
Add-ONs)
$
excluded

Browser Based
Mgmt
Yes - Enhanced Web
Client (with enhanced SSO
and BDE)
Yes (RHEV-M, Power
User Portal
Limited (SSPs) No (Web Self Service:
retired)
excluded

Adv. Operation
Management
vCenter Operations
Management Suite
Standard
No (yes with
CloudForms - Fee-Based
Add On)
$
Yes (SC Operations
Manager)
No
excluded
Updates and Backup
Hypervisor
Upgrades
Yes (UpdateManager) Limited Yes (Cluster Aware
Updates, Fabric Updates;
Management Servers -
NEW)
Limited (CLI) -
XenCenter updates with
commercial version only!
$
musthave

VM Patching Limited (Update
Manager)
Yes (Red Hat Network) Yes (WSUS, SCCM,
VMST)
No
excluded
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Live VM
Snapshot
Yes Yes; Including RAM -
NEW
Yes (Checkpoint) -
incl. live export - NEW
yes
musthave

Backup
Integration API
Yes (vStorageAPI
Data Protection)
Backup API - NEW Yes (VSS API) Limited
excluded

Integrated
Backup
Yes (vSphereData
Protection) - Replication of
backup data, granular
backup and scheduling -
New!
No Yes (WSB & DPM
incl. Linux VMs - NEW),
AzureBackup (New Fee
Based Offering)
No (Retired)
excluded
Deployment
Automated Host
Deployments
Yes - Auto Deploy No Yes (bare metal
through VMM), incl.
Scale-Out FileServer
Cluster - NEW
No
excluded

VM Templates Yes Yes, CloudInit support
- NEW
Yes (now incl. 'Gen 2'
templates)
Yes
nicetohave

Tiered VM
Templates
Yes (vApp/OVF) No ('Deployables' for
CloudForms - fee based
cloud add-on)
$
Yes (Service
Templates), guest cluster
support - NEW
vApp
nicetohave

Host Profiles Yes (Host Profiles) -
enhanced for Auto Deploy
No, Foreman
Integration (Tech Preview)
- New
Yes (physical computer
profiles)
No
excluded

Storage Profiles Yes (Profile-Driven
Storage)
No Yes (Storage
Classifications - incl. file
shares - NEW)
No
excluded
Other
Resource Pools Yes No (but custom
policies via new
Scheduler)
Yes (Host Groups) No
excluded

P2V Stand-alone only
(Converter)
V2V, P2V & Partners No (use'down-level
'VMM versions)
No (XenConvert:
retired), V2V: yes
excluded

Self Service
Portal
No; (vCloud Suite
Fee-Based Add-On)
$
User Portal Yes (VMM console,
App Controller, Service
Manager/CSPP, Azure
Pack - NEW)
No (Web Self Service:
retired)
excluded

Orchestration /
Workflows
Yes (vCenter
Orchestrator)
No (CloudForms -
Fee-Based Edition)
$
Yes (SC Orchestrator,
SC ServiceMgr)
Yes (Workflow Studio)
musthave

Security ESXi Firewall, vShield
Endpoint (Free); (vCloud
Networking and Security /
NSX - Fee-Based
Add-Ons)
$
SELinux, iptables,
VLANs, Port Mirroring;
Trusted ComputePools -
NEW
Windows Security,
Hyper-V ExtensibleSwitch
(DNSSEC, PVLANs, port
ACLs, BitLocker etc.)
Basic (NetScaler -
Fee-Based Add-On)
$
musthave

Systems
Management
SNMPv3 +CIM, esxcli,
vMA
Agent-based (RHEL),
CIM, SNMP
Yes (WMI +
PowerShell)
Yes (API / SDKs, CIM)
musthave
VM Mobility and
HA
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Version vSphere 5.5 RHEV 3.3 HyperV 2012R2 XenServer 6.2
Edition Enterprise Plus -
with OM
RHEV DataCenter Commercial Edition
VM Mobility
Live Migration of
VMs
Yes vMotion, Metro
vMotion and 'shared
nothing' vMotion (4-8
concurrent)
Yes (LiveMigration -
1/CPU coreup to 5 max)
Yes ('Unlimited'
Concurrent, 'Shared
Nothing'; new compression
& SMB3 options)
Yes XenMotion (1)
nicetohave

Migration
Compatibility
Yes (EVC) Yes (except with CPU
pass-through - NEW)
Yes (Processor
Compatibility)
Yes (Heterogeneous
Pools)
musthave

Maintenance
Mode
Yes Yes Yes Yes
musthave

Automated Live
Migration
Yes (DRS) - CPU,
Mem, Storage(new
affinity rules, migrate
replicated vm- NEW)
Yes (LB) - Built-in
(CPU) and New Scheduler
for 'custom'
Yes - Dynamic
Optimization (CPU, mem,
disk I/O, Net I/O)
No (Workload
Balancing: retired)
excluded

Power
Management
Yes (DPM), Enhanced
Host Power Management
(C-States)
Yes (Power Saving) Yes - Power
Optimization
No (Workload
Balancing: retired)
excluded

Storage
Migration
Yes (Live Storage
vMotion); including
replicated vm(NEW)
Yes (Fully supported -
NEW)
Yes (Liveand 'Shared
Nothing')
Yes (Storage
XenMotion)
musthave
HA/DR
Cluster Size max 32 host / 4000 vm
per cluster
200 hosts/cluster 64 nodes / 8000 vims 16 hosts / resourcepool
musthave

Integrated HA
(Restart vm)
Yes (VMwareHA) -
new affinity rules;
improved Microsoft
Failover Clustering - New
Yes (HA) Yes (NIC and
unmanaged Storage failure
detection - NEW)
Yes
musthave

Automatic VM
Reset
Yes (VMware HA) Yes (HA) Yes (Heartbeat) No
excluded

VM Lockstep
Protection
Yes (Fault Tolerance) No No No
excluded

Application/Service
HA
App HA (NEW!) No (yes with Symantec
VCS - Fee-Based Add-On)
$
Yes No
excluded

Replication / Site
Failover
vSphere Replication -
new UI, multi-PIT, Storage
VMotion & vSAN
compatible(NEW!) - (full
functionality with SRM -
Fee-Based Ad
$
No (yes with Symantec
VCS - Fee-Based Add-On)
$
Hyper-V Replica
(extended replication and
replication frequency -
NEW)
Integrated Disaster
Recovery (no storage array
control)
excluded
Hypervisor
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Version vSphere 5.5 RHEV 3.3 HyperV 2012R2 XenServer 6.2
Edition Enterprise Plus -
with OM
RHEV DataCenter Commercial Edition
General
Hypervisor
Details/Size
Virtual Hardware
'version 10', VMware ESXi
5.5: Build 1331820,
vCenter Server 5.5: Build
1312298, vCenter Server
Appliance 5.5:
KVM with RHEV-H or
RHEL - details here
Hyper-V '3' XenServer 6.2: Xen
4.1.5 -based
musthave
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Host Config
Max
Consolidation Ratio
512vm, 4096 vCPU ,
max 32 vCPU / core
No limit stated 1024 vims/host, 2048
vCPUs/host
500 vm(Win) or 650
(Linux) per host
musthave

Max CPU - Host 320 (Logical) 160 (logical) 320 Logical CPUs 160 (logical)
musthave

Max Cores per
CPU
unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited
musthave

Max Memory -
Host
4TB (including
ReliableMemory
Technology)
2TB 4TB 1TB
musthave
VM Config
Max vCPU per
VM
64 160 vCPU per VM up to 64 vCPU (Win) /
64 vCPU (Linux)
16 (Win) / 32(Linux)
musthave

Max RAM per
VM
1TB 2TB 1TB 128GB
musthave

Serial Ports Yes max 4 (incl. vSPC) No (serial consolevia
hooks possible)
yes (named pipe) No
excluded

Hot Add/Plug Yes (CPU, Mem, Disk,
NIC), PCIeSSD - NEW!
Yes (disk, NIC) disks and memory
(dynamic) only
Yes (disk, NIC)
musthave
Memory
Dynamic /
Over-Commit
Yes (Memory
Ballooning)
Yes (virtio), Mem
Balloon optimization and
error messages - NEW
Yes - Dynamic
Memory (Linux guest
support - new)
Yes (DMC)
musthave

Memory Page
Sharing
Yes (Transparent Page
Sharing)
Yes (KSM) No No
excluded

HW Memory
Translation
Yes Yes Yes (SLAT) Yes
musthave
Interoperability
OVF Support Yes Yes Yes (OVF
Import/Export)
Yes, incl. vApp
musthave

HW
Compatibility
Very Comprehensive
(seelink)
Comprehensive Strong Windows
Ecosystem
Improving
excluded

Guest OS Support Very Comprehensive
(seelink)
Limited Closing the gap Good
musthave

Scripting / APIs Web Services
API/SDK, CIM, Perl,
.NET, Java SDKs, Client
Plug-In API, vSphereClip,
vMA
REST API, Python
CLI, Hooks, SDK
Yes (WMI API,
PowerShell 4 - NEW)
Yes (SDK, API,
PowerShell)
musthave

Cloud API vCloud API REST API, Deltacloud
API
ServiceProvider
Foundation API, Azure
Service Management API
CloudStack APIs,
support for AWS API
musthave
Network and
Storage
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Version vSphere 5.5 RHEV 3.3 HyperV 2012R2 XenServer 6.2
Edition Enterprise Plus -
with OM
RHEV DataCenter Commercial Edition
Storage
Supported
Storage
DAS, NFS, FC, iSCSI,
FCoE (HW&SW),
'End-to-End' support for
16Gb FC, Flash Read
Cache - NEW
DAS, iSCSI, NFS (v4),
FC, FCoE, SAS, POSIX;
Virtio SCSI, GlusterFS
support, onlinevDisk
resize- New!
SMB3, virtual FC,
SAS, SATA, iSCSI, FC,
FCoE; shared vhdx - NEW
DAS, SAS, iSCSI,
NAS, FC, FCoE
musthave
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SAN Multipath Yes (enhanced APD
and PDL) PDL
AutoRemove- NEW
Yes (FC, iSCSI);
Manage Storage
Connections feature
(NEW)
Yes (DSM and SMB
Multichannel)
Yes (limited for SAS)
excluded

Shared File
System
Yes (VMFS v5) SPM and support for
shared FS; manual SPM
role assigment - NEW!
Yes (CSV); enanced
compatibility and
resilience - NEW
Yes (SR)
musthave

Boot From SAN Yes (FC, iSCSI, FCoE
and SW FCoE - NEW)
Yes Yes (iSCSI, diskless,
FC)
Yes (iSCSI, FC)
musthave

Boot from USB Yes Yes No (Hyper-V Server
only)
No
excluded

Virtual Disk
Format
vmdk, raw disk (RDM) RAW, Qcow2 .vhdx (incl. sharing and
online resizing - NEW),
vhd, pass-through (raw)
vhd, raw disk (LUN)
musthave

Max Disk Size 62TB for vmdk, RDM
and snapshots
Default max virtual
disk sizeis 8TB (but it's
configurablein RHEV DB)
64TB (vhdx), 2TB
(vhd), 256TB+(raw)
2TB
nicetohave

Thin Disk
Provisioning
Yes (incl. SE Sparse
Disk)
Yes Yes (Dynamic Disks,
Trim - new)
Yes (Limitations on
block)
musthave

NPIV Support Yes (RDM only) Yes Yes (Virtual Fibre
Channel)
No
excluded

Linked Images No; (VMware View
and vCloud Director -
Fee-Based Add-On)
$
Yes Yes (Differencing
Disk)
Yes - Cloneon boot
(new), clone, PVS, MCS
musthave

SW Storage
Replication
Yes - vSphere
Replication (with multiple
enhancements - NEW)
No (Red Hat Storage
integration, Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
Yes (Hyper-V Replica),
'extended replication' and
replication frequency -
NEW
No
excluded

Caching Yes (vSphere Flash
Read Cache) NEW!; View
StorageAccelerator (VDI
only)
FS-Cache CSV Cache;
Write-Back Cache - NEW
IntelliCache
musthave

Virtual SAN No - (VSAN NEW! -
Fee-Based Add-On)
$
No (Red Hat Storage
integration, Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
Improved (Storage
Spaces); Tiered Storage,
Write-Back Cache - NEW
No
excluded

Storage
Integration (API)
Yes (VASA, VAAI and
VAMP)
Third-party plug-in
framework - e.g. NetApp
Virtual Console - NEW)
SMI-S / SMP, ODX,
Trim
Integrated StorageLink
(deprecated)
musthave

Storage QoS Yes (SIOC) - incl. NFS No (requires scripts) StorageQoS - NEW Basic
nicetohave
Networking
Advanced
Network Switch
Yes (VDS), Various
Improvements (for LACP,
DSCP for QoS, filtering
etc.) - NEW
Neutron Integration
(Tech Preview) +various
enhancements (ALL
NEW!), click for details
Yes (Hyper-V Virtual
Switch); Extended Port
ACLs, vRSS, DLB - NEW
Yes (Open vSwitch) -
distributed vSwitch is now
deprecated
musthave

NIC Teaming Yes (up to 32 NICs),
improved LACP - NEW
Yes Yes (LBFO); Dynamic
Load Balancing - NEW
Yes (incl. LACP -
New)
musthave

VLAN Yes Yes Yes Yes (limited for mgmt.
traffic)
musthave

PVLAN Yes No Yes No
excluded
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IPv6 Yes (enhanced
performance- NEW)
Guests only Yes Yes (guests only)
musthave

I/O Pass-Through Yes (SR-IOV and
VMDirectPath), new
SR-IOV workflow
Yes (with hooks) Yes - SRIOV (incl.
Live Migration)
SR-IOV
musthave

Jumbo Frames Yes Yes Yes Yes
musthave

Offload Support Yes (TSO, NetQueue,
iSCSI)
TOE Yes (D-VMQ, Ipsec
Offload, SR-IOV )
Yes (TSO)
musthave

Network QOS Yes (NetIOC), DSCP -
NEW
Yes (vNIC Profile-
NEW!)
Yes (max and min
bandwidth); SMB traffic
types - NEW
Yes (outgoing)
musthave

Traffic
Monitoring
yes (Port Mirroring) Yes (Port Mirroring);
toggle through vNIC
profile- NEW
Yes (port mirroring);
enhanced tracing - NEW
Yes (Port Mirroring)
musthave
Cloud (Extensions)
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Version vSphere 5.5 RHEV 3.3 HyperV 2012R2 XenServer 6.2
Edition Enterprise Plus -
with OM
RHEV DataCenter Commercial Edition
Cloud
Overview vCloud Suite(private),
vCloud Hybrid Service
(hybrid/public), Pivotal
Spin-off
RHCI: CloudForms,
OpenStack, RHEV;
OpenShift (Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
Cloud OS: System
Center, Hyper-V, Azure
CloudPlatform
$
excluded

Private Cloud vCloud Suite
(Fee-Based Offering),
includes vCD (Service
Providers), vCAC
(Enterprise Customers)
RHCI 4 (Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
Hyper-V 2012 R2 +
SystemCenter 2012 R2
(CIS SuiteDatacenter)
CloudPlatform(fee)
$
excluded

Public Cloud vCloud Hybrid Service
(VMware-operated);
vCloud Datacenter
Services, vCloud Powered
Services (Service
Providers) - (All Fee-Ba
OpenShift (PaaS),
Cloud Access (RHEL,
MGR-Grid, JBoss, Storage
Server) through Red Hat
Certified Cloud Providers -
(Fee-Based A
$
Windows Azure(PaaS,
IaaS, Big Data, Media,
Storage, Backup, Web&
Media Apps) - Fee-Based
Offerings
$
CloudPlatform(fee)
$
excluded

Hybrid Cloud vCloud Connector
(Core); (vCloud Connector
Advanced, vCAC -
Fee-Based Add-Ons)
CloudForms -
(Fee-Based Add-On);
OpenStack and AWS -
NEW
$
App Controller;
Windows AzurePack,
VPN Gateways - NEW
CloudBridgeand
NetScaler (fee)
$
excluded

Secure Multi-
Tenancy (IaaS)
Yes - vCD, vCloud
Networking and Security /
VMwareNSX (All Fee-
Based Add-Ons)
Selinux, cgroups,
OpenStack compute and
network, CloudForms -
(Fee-Based Add-On);
RHEV Neutron Tech
Preview - NEW
$
Yes (Hyper-V
ExtensibleSwitch,
Hyper-V Network
Virtualization) - included
VLANs, OVS
(included); Security
Groups, customnetworks
(fee)
$
excluded

Network
Virtualization / SDN
- Overview
NSX optimized for
vSphere, NSX for multi-
hypervisor environment
(expected Q4/13 as
Red Hat OpenStack
Networking (part of RHCI)
- (Fee-Based Add-On),
RHEV Neutron Tech
Hyper-V Network
Virtualization (IP Address
Rewrite, GRE) - included
in Server 2012
SDN Controller +SDN
Plugins (CloudPlatform-
fee)
excluded
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Fee-Based Offering) Preview - NEW
$
$

Overlay Protocols GRE, STT and
VXLAN (NSX for
multi-HV); VXLAN only
(NSX for vSphere)
GRE with RHCI
OpenStack (Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
NVGRE GRE
$
excluded
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Version vSphere 5.5 RHEV 3.3 HyperV 2012R2 XenServer 6.2
Edition Enterprise Plus -
with OM
RHEV DataCenter Commercial Edition
Desktop
Virtualization
Overview VMwareHorizon Suite
(Fee-based Add-On)
Horizon 6 - Announced!
$
VDI Included in
RHEV; HTML5 support
Tech Preview - NEW
RemoteDesktop
Services (included in
Server 2012 R2)
Citrix Desktop
Virtualization
(XenDesktop & XenApp
7.5 - NEW; ViaB;
associated products)
$
nicetohave

Market Position Leader (Position 2)
$
Contender Major Player Leader (P1)
$
musthave

Scalability 10k per POD - Click
for Details
$
not validated Management
Limitations (~500 users),
powershell: thousands
Architecturally: High
XenDesktop: High
(100k+users) ViaB:
'thousands of users', 8+
hosts
$
musthave

Complexity Medium
$
Low Low/medium Medium/High (XD)
Low (ViaB)
$
excluded

Display Protocols PCoIP, RDP 6/7
$
SPICE, VNC, RDP
(default for Windows 8)
RemoteFX/RDP
6,7,8.x
XD: ICA / HDX,
RemoteFX/RDP 6,7 ViaB:
ICA / HDX, RDP 6,7 (no
RemoteFX)
$
nicetohave

VDI (VMs) Horizon View 5.3 -
(FeeBased Offering)
$
VDI in RHEV
(included); SPICE HTML5
Tech Preview - NEW
RDS (pooled,
personal); improved
bandwidth, DirectX11.1,
Session Shadowing, Online
Dedupe etc. - NEW
XenDesktop 7.5; ViaB
(VDI only) - Fee-Based
Add-Ons)
$
nicetohave

Hosted Shared
(Sessions)
Very limited (TS in
W2k8 and W2k8R2)
$
No Yes (RDS RemoteApp
and Desktop Sessions);
Improved RemoteApp
behavior, bandwidth,
Session Shadowing etc -
NEW
XenApp 7.5
(Fee-Based Add-Ons) -
New
$
nicetohave

Graphics
Capability
Physical GPU
(virtualized) - NEW,
virtual GPU
$
SPICE (2D), SPICE
HTML5 (Tech Preview)
RemoteFX (WAN,
AdaptiveGraphics, USB
Redirection, Media
Remoting, vGPU),
DirectX11.1 - NEW
HDX, HDX3D Pro,
shared GPU (OpenGL,
DirectX) - (Fee-based
Add-Ons)
$
nicetohave

Software GPU Yes - VMware
SVGA3D (Soft3D):
DirectX 9.0c +OpenGL
2.1
$
No Yes (SoftGPU) DirectX Software
Rasterizer for XD7.x +
OpenGL Accelerator for
ViaB, XD and XA
$
nicetohave

Shared GPU Yes - vSGA (Virtual
Shared): DirectX 9.0c +
OpenGL 2.1
No Yes- RemoteFX vGPU:
DirectX11.1 for VDI only!
Yes - XD (7.1+): vGPU
with NVIDIA Grid K1/K2
nicetohave
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$
(no support for recent
OpenGL versions)
with CUDA, DirectX
9,10,11, OpenGL 4.3;
XenApp: OpenGL GPU
Sharing Add-on DirectX
$

Dedicated GPU Yes - vDGA (Virtual
Dedicated): DirectX +
OpenGL =nativeGPU
capability
$
No No Yes (except ViaB);
HDX3D Pro: DirectX and
OpenGL =nativeGPU
capability
$
nicetohave

Endpoint
Platforms
very comprehensive:
Windows, iOS, Android,
MAC OS X, Linux
$
Limited: Windows and
Linux
Improved: Windows;
iOS, Mac OS & Android
Client - NEW
very comprehensive
Windows, iOS, Android,
MAC OS X, Linux etc.
$
nicetohave

Storage
Optimization
Host Cache/ CBRC;
(VSAN - Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
No SMB3 OnlineDedupe,
Tiering, Write-Back Cache
- NEW
IntelliCache(incl. with
XenServer)
$
nicetohave

User Portal / App
Store
Horizon Workspace -
(Fee-Based Add-On)
$
Yes (Power User
Portal) - incl. with RHEV
RDS Web Access CloudGateway /
StoreFront (fee)
$
nicetohave

Persona &
Layering
Persona Mgmt +
Horizon Mirage(incl. App
Layers) - (Fee-based
Add-On)
$
No User ProfileDisk
(included) and UEV
(MDOP - Fee)
$
personal vDisk, Citrix
ProfileMgmt.
$
nicetohave

DaaS Horizon DaaS (incl.
GoogleChromebook
support) - (Fee-based
Add-On)
$
No No (Mohoro Project) XenDesktop 7.5 Cloud
Deployment
$
nicetohave
Extensions - Other
(Back to Top)
Evaluation Panel
Version vSphere 5.5 RHEV 3.3 HyperV 2012R2 XenServer 6.2
Edition Enterprise Plus -
with OM
RHEV DataCenter Commercial Edition
Other
Virtual SAN vSAN - NEW!
(Fee-Based Add-On)
$
No (Red Hat Storage
integration, Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
Improved (Storage
Spaces); Tiered Storage,
Write-Back Cache- NEW;
Included
no
excluded
Other
Application
Management
VMwarevFabric
Hyperic - (FeeBased
Add-On)
$
3rd Party Yes (SC Operations
Manager 2012 R2);
Included
EdgeSight, Director
(XenDesktop 7 - fee)
$
excluded

Security vCloud Networking
and Security / NSX
(Fee-Based Add-Ons)
$
sVirt & Security
Partnerships
MS Forefront
(Fee-Based Add On)
$
NetScaler Gateway,
App Firewall, CloudBridge
(Fee-Based Add-On's)
$
excluded
Other
Workflow /
Orchestration
Orchestrator (incl.) CloudForms -
(Fee-Based Add-On)
$
Yes (SC Orchestrator /
SC Service Mgr 2012 R2),
Included
Workflow Studio
(incl.)
excluded
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Other
Site Failover SiteRecovery Manager
- (Fee- Based Add-On)
$
Plugin - Symantec
VCS (Fee-Based Add-On)
Hyper-V Replica
(included) or 3rd party
Fee-Based Add Ons
Integrated Site
Recovery (incl.)
excluded

Chargeback vCenter Chargeback
Manager - (Fee- Based
Add-On
$
CloudForms Insight
(ManageIQ) - (Fee-Based
Add-On)
$
Hyper-V Resource
Metering and Service
Manager (included)
CloudPortal Business
Manager, CloudStack
UsageServer (Fee-Based
Add-On's)
$
excluded

Network
Extensions
yes (IBM 5000v and
Cisco Nexus 1000v) -
(Fee- Based Add-On)
$
RoCE, LB -
(Fee-Based Add-On)
$
Hyper-V Extensible
Switch - 3rd party
Extensions (Nexus 1000V
- Fee-Based Add On)
$
NetScaler Gateway,
AppFirewall, Branch
Repeater, 1000v,
CloudBridge(Fee-Based
Add-On's)
$
excluded
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