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


What is our primary use case?

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

How has it helped my organization?

Allowed us to maintain a desired level of high availability between our XenServer farms. Increased our response time to backend errors.

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 five 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 is 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 solutions did we use previously?

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

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.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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6 Comments

it_user116742Real UserTOP 10

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

14 July 14
it_user170046UserTOP 20

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

09 December 14
SHANTHAMURTHY HANUMANTHARAYAPPAReal UserTOP 10

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.

25 June 15
it_user174816User

This review seems to reflect real-world experience.

25 June 15
e.desimoneReal User

En breve voy a probarlo.

03 July 15
Joe ArroyoUser

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.

25 July 18
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