[THIN] XenServer vs VMWare vSphere

  • From: "Armstrong, Robert" <rarmstrong4@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 15:09:04 +0000


We have a fairly sizeable XenDesktop project on the horizon (very near horizon) 
where we will be deploying 20 physical servers (running either the VMWare or 
XenServer hypervisor supporting ) which will be hosting an initial 1000 Win7 
virtual desktops that will be delivered using Citrix Provisioning services.  
I'm writing today to solicit feedback on the pros and cons and personal 
experiences of using XenServer over VMWare.  We are currently a VMWare shop and 
have experience.  We currently have no one on staff with experience in 
XenServer, but the cost savings (hard dollars) of using XenServer on a 
deployment of this scale is significant and worth considering.  One initial 
thought was that we could take some of the $$ savings by using XenServer and 
purchase support through Citrix or a Citrix partner.  Thoughts?

Thank you,
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