XenServer Review

Easy-to-use for virtualization and enables us to make better use of existing resources

What is our primary use case?

We use the product primarily for server virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to grow over time because, initially, it was free. We were able to use what would have been budgeted for licensing costs in other ways.

What is most valuable?

Simply the ability to virtualize and make better use of existing resources is the most valuable aspect of this solution.

What needs improvement?

It is a very good product, so there really isn't much that needs to be added. Maybe the speed could be improved. It might be nice if the licensing cost could be improved because it is a big jump when you reach the threshold.

A good addition might be consol management in Linux. Right now I have to start in Windows to manage the system. It is not my preference.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the product for ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The whole point of the product is to be scalable, so it has very good scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

I never had a reason to use technical support.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I changed the implementation from XenServer. The product we use now is not really XenServer but XCP-ng which is built on the XenServer open source. Because of the structure of the licensing through Citrix, we changed the product, although it is built on the same source.

How was the initial setup?

The initial deployment of the product was easy. The entire deployment with testing took about one month before it was completed for production.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation myself.

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

There are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees. In the beginning, because we had a small network, it was free. We have expanded to five physical servers so now we have to pay for all the servers. It is good for others to be aware that the product is only free to a point.

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 for the product. For the pricing, I would rate it a five.

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