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VMware vSphere vs Xen: What are the differences?

VMware vSphere: Free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware. vSphere is the world’s leading server virtualization platform. Run fewer servers and reduce capital and operating costs using VMware vSphere to build a cloud computing infrastructure; Xen: Advancing virtualization in a number of different commercial and open source applications. It is a hypervisor using a microkernel design, providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently. It was developed by the Linux Foundation and is supported by Intel.

VMware vSphere and Xen belong to "Virtualization Platform" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by VMware vSphere are:

  • Powerful Server Virtualization
  • Network Services
  • Efficient Storage

On the other hand, Xen provides the following key features:

  • Xen 4.10 or Newer
  • Archive
  • Overview

Xen is an open source tool with 208 GitHub stars and 152 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Xen's open source repository on GitHub.

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Pros of VMware vSphere
Pros of Xen
  • 8
    Strong host isolation
  • 6
    Industry leader
  • 4
    Easy to use
  • 4
    Great VM management (HA,FT,...)
  • 2
    Great Networking
  • 2
    Feature rich
  • 1
    Running in background
  • 1
    Can be setup on single physical server
  • 1
    Free
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    Cons of VMware vSphere
    Cons of Xen
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      Price
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      What is VMware vSphere?

      vSphere is the world’s leading server virtualization platform. Run fewer servers and reduce capital and operating costs using VMware vSphere to build a cloud computing infrastructure.

      What is Xen?

      It is a hypervisor using a microkernel design, providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently. It was developed by the Linux Foundation and is supported by Intel.

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        What are some alternatives to VMware vSphere and Xen?
        VirtualBox
        VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
        Proxmox VE
        It is a complete open-source platform for all-inclusive enterprise virtualization that tightly integrates KVM hypervisor and LXC containers, software-defined storage and networking functionality on a single platform, and easily manages high availability clusters and disaster recovery tools with the built-in web management interface.
        KVM
        KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
        Qemu
        When used as a machine emulator, it can run OSes and programs made for one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on a different machine (e.g. your own PC). By using dynamic translation, it achieves very good performance. When used as a virtualizer, it achieves near native performance by executing the guest code directly on the host CPU. it supports virtualization when executing under the Xen hypervisor or using the KVM kernel module in Linux. When using KVM, it can virtualize x86, server and embedded PowerPC, 64-bit POWER, S390, 32-bit and 64-bit ARM, and MIPS guests.
        VMware Fusion
        It gives Mac users the power to run Windows on Mac along with hundreds of other operating systems side by side with Mac applications, without rebooting. It is simple enough for home users and powerful enough for IT professionals, developers and businesses.
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