XenServer Review

A simple virtualization solution that is free to try and deploy in a feature-limited version


What is our primary use case?

My primary use of the product is for the purpose of server virtualization. It is used for virtualizing our web servers.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides a free, easy means of virtualization which would otherwise be costly to implement.

What is most valuable?

I'm currently using the free version, so I'm limited as to what I find the most valuable in the broader set of product features. For me, just the ability to virtualize servers is the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

To improve the product, I would like to be able to use the high availability of XenServer but the free version does not have that feature. I would really like to have a different trial option so I could try out the broader set of available options even if it is for a limited time.

It's pretty complicated to set up the server order and that can be simplified in the product. If a server shuts down the order in which the virtual servers will come up should be something that I can designate easily. The order can make a difference in a successful startup.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the product for more than a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

As far as stability, I haven't had a problem. I highly recommend the product and I think it deserves good feedback as to stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. I really like the cloning option as it makes scaling easy. I don't have a problem with enhancing my setup. I'm very satisfied with it. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I never request any technical support for the product directly from the company so I can not speak to the product support directly. I found the community and the forum very helpful when I had questions. The people there are very helpful. It is easy to find a solution if I have any problems.

How was the initial setup?

The setup for the product is pretty straightforward. I use it straight out of the box in the limited free version on two servers that allows me to configure virtualization. It's a pretty easy solution to install and use.

What about the implementation team?

I installed the product myself. I did not require assistance.

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

It is nice to be able to have a product that is free to use. Although it is simple, it does what I need it to do. The version you pay for has more features. I know that I would like to use some of the features in the paid version, but I can not justify the cost at this time.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate XenServer as an eight. There are some problems, but it is also not the full release version.

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