Cloud Computing: A high level Comparison Chart

Cloud Computing: A high level Comparison Chart

This article is a high level comparison of product to be able to create a cloud, private, hybrid or public.
I thought to make that article because it's hard to find what product make what in some advanced cases. Feel free to edit to add a product or comment.


Hypervisor

 

Vendor  Name Management   Cluster able ?
Microsoft Hyper-V  SCCM - System Center  Yes
Citrix XenServer  XenCenter  Yes
VMWare ESXi   vSphere  Yes

 

Feature

Hyper-V2

XenServer3

ESXi / Enterprise Plus

Logical processor

320

 160



Physical memory

4TB

 1TB 32G / 2TB

Virtual CPU per Host

2,048



2,048 / 2,048

Third Part MPIO support

Yes

  No
iSCSI Connector

Yes

Yes No / Yes
Fiber Channel Support

Yes

 

 


Application Delivery - Online

This type of application delivery is the one almost everyone is used too. It's when the application run in the server workspace and the display is redirected to the user. By online it mean the user need at all time a connection to the server to be able to work.

Vendor  Name  Management  Cluster able ? 
Microsoft Terminal Server  Terminal Services Manager  Yes (with RDS-Broker) 
Microsoft  RemoteApp RemoteApp Manager  Yes 
Citrix  XenApp1  Delivery Services Console Yes 

 

Feature

Terminal Server

RemoteApp

XenApp

Protocol RDP

RDP

ICA

Security Level

RDP / TLS / SSL

 RDP / TLS / SSL Secure ICA / SSL / TLS

Encryption

Low (56bytes)

High (128bytes)

FIPS 140-2

Low (56bytes)

High (128bytes)

FIPS 140-2
 
Desktop Integration

No

Yes Yes

 


Application Delivery - Offline

This type of application delivery is practical for user on the road. It allow the application to be cached into the user machine to be run in the user space. Usually it can be isolated to prevent the application to make a big footprint on the machine.

Vendor  Name Note
Microsoft  App-V  Please see that note; Compare MED-V and App-V and Decide which is Right for You
Microsoft  MED-V Please see that note; Compare MED-V and App-V and Decide which is Right for You
Citrix  XenApp Offline1  Streaming Profiler
Horizon  ThinApp   

 


Application Delivery - Hosted

This type of application delivery is practical for really old application that can't be managed by tool like MED-V. The application is hosted on a non-server OS and the user connect to that display. (So a 1 : 1 scenario). The idea is simple, you run a old application on a windows 98 by example, and you can't change that. So you install the plugin and the application get shared after, the problem is it's a 1 : 1 share. To use in last resort.

Vendor  Name 
Citrix  XenApp VM Hosted App1 

 


Desktop Delivery - Pooled

 This type of delivery is when a user can connect to a pool to desktop. So a 1 : X possibility.

Vendor  Name 
Citrix  XenDesktop
Horizon  view 

 


Desktop Delivery - Assigned

This type of delivery is when a user can connect to a dedicated desktop. So the virtual machine is always there for the user.

Vendor  Name 
Microsoft  SCCM 
Citrix  XenDesktop 
Horizon  view 

 


Desktop Delivery - Offline

This type of Desktop Delivery is the same of the both above, but it's cached on the local computer / laptop. So the corporate computer can be run while on the road and sync back after.

Vendor  Name 
Citrix  XenDesktop/XenClient 

 


User profile management

 User profile management is the last thing to think to manage user preference between Desktop and Application.

Vendor  Name 
Microsoft  Roaming profile / Mandatory profile / Local profile 
Microsoft  UE-V 
Citrix  User Profile Management 



Microsoft Architechure Overview



Microsoft UE-V   
Click to enlarge
*http://technet.microsoft.com/library/jj680035.aspx
Microsoft App-V  
Click to enlarge
*Part 1: The initial Setup - Building your App-V RC test lab
Microsoft RDP   
Click to go download the PDF




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1 Terminal Services Roles is a pre requirement for XenApp.
2 Hyper-V Scalability in Windows Server 2012
3 XenServer Configuration Limits - Citrix
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