Proxmox VE vs. XenServer

Proxmox VE is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 2 reviews vs XenServer which is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 1 review. The top reviewer of Proxmox VE writes "Saves a lot of time compared to imaging physical desktops". The top reviewer of XenServer writes "Most people know VMWare and Hyper-V. XenServer fits right in the middle". Proxmox VE is most compared with XenServer, vSphere and Hyper-V. XenServer is most compared with Proxmox VE, vSphere and KVM.
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Rhea Rapps
Mario-FernandezUser

It's easy, with the new version of XenServer you lose several features that you will need on production: https://xenserver.org/blog/entry/xenserver-7-3-changes-to-the-free-edition.html
Use Proxmox VE. :)

15 March 18
Fábio RabeloReal User

My 5 cents : Go with Proxmox .
It is NOT just a wrapper for KVM, it has a lot of features that are not present in plain KVM .
It is extremely easy to set it up, you can have a 16 node cluster up and running in a single day of work !
Everything you need to manage your storage space, whatever it is, shared or centralized, CEPH, DRBD, iSCSI, NFS, ZFS or any other File System supported by Linux .
You even have some VDI oriented features .
The web interface are straightforward and very intuitive .
All of it with less than a half of the cost of XEN ( or a mere fraction of the cost of VMWare or HyperV )
I am using it for 10 years or so, since 2.2 version .
And, you can try it without any cost or vendor support, just download the image and install, use it for a month, if you thing that Proxmox do not have all the features you need, then go to something else. it won't hurt your budget .

07 March 18
Juan DominguezConsultant

I appreciate you reaching out to me on this. I, unfortunately, have not installed, tested or see Proxmox VE. I have performed many deployments of XenServer using both iSCSI and FC. The XenServer product is easy to manage and install and will provide more mainstream support. Meaning, if there is an issue with an aspect within the deployment, you will most likely be more able to find support through the communities, blogs and Citrix documentation than you will for the other product.

There is a larger corpus of XenServer deployments in my estimation than there is for the Proxmox VE product. I would suggest the engineer below does their due diligence and installs the products in a lab environment. Then perform a bake-off of sorts. This will enable them to gain further insight to the capabilities, drawbacks and sometimes incompatibilities that they may not have been aware of.

XenServer supports lots of hardware, it is secure, easy to deploy, manage and operate. It has many similar features to VMware, but it also lends itself well to existing Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environments already in production to facilitate a few more feature add-ons and performance enhancements. XenServer is a good product, it just lags behind the other major player Hyper-V and VMware due to a lack of marketing in my opinion.

I hope this helps and good luck.

06 March 18
it_user233043Real User

I use XenServer mainly because I used Xen from an early stage plus it was opensource. Also, it can be used on Debian. I never used Proxmox VE so cannot give any tips on it.

15 March 18
Raphael MarrettiReal User

I've never used Proxmox VE. I read about Promox and it looks like Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager and VMware vCenter.

XenServer is a great solution, but the cost of licensing is complex and higher than VMware and hyper-v. One problem is that there are few XenServer experts.

For critical virtualization environments, I prefer two solutions, VMware or Hyper-V. Choosing one of two solutions depends on how much budget you have for the project and how the infrastructure will be managed.

Pay attention to the price of licenses/support and renewal after 3 years. Many times the purchase is low value, but the renovation costs 3x the value of the purchase.

15 March 18
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Proxmox VE is a complete virtualization management solution for servers.

Citrix XenServer is an open source virtualization platform that manages server, desktop and cloud virtual infrastructures. XenServer is straightforward and quick to install. Even the most demanding workloads and automated management processes can take just a couple of minutes to virtualize. XenServer lowers IT costs and increases IT agility and flexibility.

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