XenServer Review

A solution that offers poor manageability, poor shared storage implementation, and needs better support


What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for Citrix worker resources.

What is most valuable?

The price is the solution's most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

The manageability of the solution needs improvement. It's an extremely bad product to handle. 

The solution needs to offer better implementation of shared storage.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is not stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

I don't like the cluster functionality, but it's scalable. You can put a new service inside, and it works. The only thing is the shared storage, which does not have a good implementation. With LVM, it's a bad idea to use real partitioning. It's advisable instead to use a container file like Hyper-V or VMware.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is too slow. It takes too long. Especially in comparison with VMware. Their the support is much better.

How was the initial setup?

In most cases the set up is straightforward. In special cases, especially for shared storage, it's not a great implementation experience.

What other advice do I have?

We're using the on-premises deployment model.

I would advise others to only to use it with functionality where the high availability is available through other mechanisms, like Citrix, and not to use the features from the product itself.

I'd rate the solution four out of ten.

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