Citrix Hypervisor Review

Most people know VMWare vSphere and MS Hyper-V. XenServer fits right in the middle.

What is our primary use case?

A virtualization platform that was easy to maintain for our staff's level of expertise and allowed for inexpensive licensing when support was required.

How has it helped my organization?

Allowed us to maintain the desired level of high availability between our XenServer farms. Our response time to backend errors was faster than when we had a physical server farm.

What is most valuable?

All features of the product are valuable, depends on the situation. I have used all of the features at one time or another.

What needs improvement?

Integrated workload balancing and virtual switch management that doesn't require another virtual appliance to control.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Rock Solid for the most part, of course, as with any technology there are software patches required for specific issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I haven't encountered any scalability issues yet. I have built multiple XenServer pools (simple HA pairs for SMB to large Enterprise deployments of 8-20 physical hosts).

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Provided you can get past the tier 1 support personnel quickly, it is great.

Technical Support:

All of the Citrix Engineers that I have worked with have been very knowledgable and helpful.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

VMWare was the previous solution, we switched to lower our licensing costs and support costs.

How was the initial setup?

Installation is very straightforward and can be completed in less than 5 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

In-House team; I tested from the beginning and moved the platform into production.

What was our ROI?

N/A - not able to discuss

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cannot answer this question; but the product is free, you only need to purchase a license if you want commercial level support from Citrix.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At the time, there were really only a couple of companies providing virtualization platform technologies. I had found XenSource and started testing the solution.

What other advice do I have?

Test, Test, Test as with any product, make sure it will accomplish what you expect. Citrix XenServer is not marketed out there so most of the people, I talk to, only are aware of VMWare and Hyper-V. XenServer fits right in the middle (in my opinion) of those two products.

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Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user116742 (Oracle Web Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

None yet. I have built multiple XenServer pools (simple HA pairs for SMB to large Enterprise deployments).

author avatarit_user170046 (User)

May I know the reason why in the market the users are using VMware for esxi consolidation?

Top 20Real User

Yes, Dan's opinion is in the bracket but Citrix XenAppServer is absolutely between VMware and Hyper-V. XenAppServer is not a form interface it is straight forward as added Policies protection to the MS Server Policies. I am not an implementer but learner and Our organization implemented and I am a client user and I like it.

author avatarit_user174816 (User)

This review seems to reflect real-world experience.

author avatarit_user266652 (docente at a university)

En breve voy a probarlo.

author avatarJoe Arroyo

I run XenServer in a network engineering environment running several security gateways. Have been running for two years now. Works great for a fully functional free virtualization system. Very solid system.

author avatarWilVan Lierop
Top 20Real User

I run XenServer for more than five years with zero downtime for the VM instances. A very solid environment.