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Anthony Musaluke
Real User
Chief Operating Officer at Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
Oct 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature that is most valuable to us is the XenMotion (live migration) feature. It is critical for us, especially when doing maintenance work. That is a must-have feature. Also Storage XenMotion. The ability to move a VM while it is still running and continue doing maintenance on that is a big… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Server consolidation has saved us a lot of money over the years. Being a non-profit that is a very big consideration for us.

What needs improvement?

The third-party integration is not very advanced. I don't know if it's a lack of interest by developers. Compared with VMware, Xenserver doesn't have a lot of third-party add-ons. Maybe in some way that can be improved. The number one feature that would make it a more robust product is a backup… more»

What other advice do I have?

I think the biggest issue that I've seen that scares off a lot of potential customers is that they think it is complicated to set up. There are not many people who have deployed the product compared to other products. I think new clients should start small and gain confidence. There is no harm in… more»
WilVan Lierop
Real User
System Integrator at a marketing services firm with 201-500 employees
Oct 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature I find most valuable is its performance. It's a no "frills" solution. There aren't many tools and some may find that a little arcane, but I come from another visualization background. I like the console because you can do everything on the console, so you don't need any tools.

What needs improvement?

This solution needs a block-level backup. We have backup solutions in place but they are pretty arcane. That is a niche, it is not filled with professional solutions. There are solutions that can do it - if you look at solutions for file system level backups, you will find many of them. But if you look for systems with block-level backup or block-level synchronization, you will see that the tools… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others would be that there is no one golden bullet when choosing a virtualization platform. It depends on the careful planning of what kind of service you plan to provide to your users. Ask questions like: What is running on those systems? What platforms? What are your minimum demands? There's something else that's fairly important because the virtualization market is rapidly shifting… more»
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Real User
Network Engineeer at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 13 2019

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.

How has it helped my organization?

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

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… more»

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… more»

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.
Real User
Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the cost; it is a free product.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution allows the end users to clone, start, stop, or remotely control their VMs.

What needs improvement?

The self-service user portal needs to be more granular and be more customizable.

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

We use the free version, so there is no charge. To subscribe to the paid version with support, it is approximately $6,000 per year. There are no costs in addition to the… more»

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

Previously we were using vCenter from VMware. Our company was purchased and split in half, and I didn't know if we would be continuing the enterprise licensing with VMware… more»

What other advice do I have?

I really like this solution, but it is not widely known. I'm really surprised that more people don't know about it. I find that it suits our needs pretty well. Considering… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at VMware's vRealize Automation, but it was eliminated due to our budget constraints.
Letsogile_Baloi
Real User
CEO at IMART OFFICE CONSULTANTS
Oct 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution integrates well with other solutions, which makes it really strong as a primary solution to deploy.

What needs improvement?

The solution is too expensive and people are kind of moving away from Citrix. It's starting to become a problem. It is a primary reason that while we are rebuilding we're going to seek out open-source solutions.

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

When you try to show clients Citrix, the price kind of scares them away. It's quite expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We are rebuilding our whole news infrastructure. We stopped using the solution for some things, but we will use it once we are finished with what we are currently building. We're using a hybrid deployment model. We're also a Citrix partner. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. I really like the… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Oct 17 2019

What is most valuable?

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

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 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… more»

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… more»

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… more»

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.
Dan Withrow
Real User
Senior Manager of Engineering at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 07 2019

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.

How has it helped my organization?

Allowed us to maintain the desired level of high availability between our XenServer farms. Our response time to backend errors was faster than when we had a physical… more»

What needs improvement?

Integrated workload balancing and virtual switch management that doesn't require another virtual appliance to control.

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.

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

VMWare was the previous solution, we switched to lower our licensing costs and support costs.

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… more»

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.
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 14 2019

What do you think of XenServer?

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…
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What is XenServer?

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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