Citrix XenServer vs. VMware vSphere

Citrix XenServer 7 continues to outmatch its more complex and expensive competitors, offering customers a comprehensive enterprise-level feature set while still providing a low-cost virtualization platform alternative to VMware vSphere. XenServer also leads the industry in 3D graphics support, delivering the only complete solution mobilizing Windows® and Linux® workloads for any use case.

Only XenServer

  • Supports Intel GVT-g GPU virtualization, a CPU-embedded GPU requiring no additional hardware, and is an offering that VMware does not support today
  • Integrates with XenApp/XenDesktop licensing; no XenServer licenses are required to support Citrix application and desktop virtualization projects
  • Offers GPU pass-through and GPU virtualization implementations that are superior to software-based intercept-based implementations such as VMware vSGA
  • Optimizes Citrix desktop, graphics and cloud workloads, such as XenApp and XenDesktop, at a far more competitive price point

Citrix XenServer vs. VMware vSphere side-by-side review

XenServer outshines the competition as the only virtualization platform that supports a comprehensive set of graphics platforms and applications.

XenServer offers the widest range of graphics platforms




Intel GVT-g GPU virtualization for Windows


Intel GVT-d GPU pass-through for Windows


NVIDIA GRID GPU pass-through implementations for Windows

NVIDIA GRID GPU pass-through implementations for Linux


NVIDIA GRID vGPU implementations for Windows

NVIDIA GRID vGPU implementations for Linux  
Superior price/ performance for Enterprise server virtualization projects  

XenServer supports the widest range of graphics applications




Adobe Photoshop



Adobe Premiere


Autodesk 3DS Max


Autodesk AutoCAD


Autodesk Investor

Autodesk Maya  
CUDA applications  
Custom 3D applications  
Google Earth

HTML5/Web 3D

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Visio

OpenCL applications




PTC Creo View




Siemens NX


Siemens NX Viewer


Siemens NX Viewer


SolidWorks 2012


SolidWorks 2013


SolidWorks View

Team Center Vis

Windows Aero

Intel is pleased to partner with Citrix XenServer to be first in the industry to enable Intel GVT-g support, allowing for Citrix XenDesktop to deliver remote virtual graphics and rich applications to a broad set of enterprise workers. This industry-first capability allows users to seamlessly access productivity and rich app, which require ever increasing graphics with unmatched level of density.
Jim Blakely
GM Visual Cloud Computing
Intel Corporation

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