Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Citrix Hypervisor.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
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.
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 are pretty minor.
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.
The solution would benefit from faster technical support. The solution should add session sharing in future releases. It would be helpful if, for example, you could switch a user from one terminal server to another terminal server without loosing the session and without the need to log off and then log on again. This way we can put in place some services, without asking the user to log out. We can just move users from one server to another and the user would not notice any interruption.
The USB support for the virtual server 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.
Network management needs improvement because it is not very stable. In the next release, I would like to see more tools added, or included.
The performance, storage capabilities and network are all aspects of the solution that need improvement. The solution should be more flexible and allow for greater customization.
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 solution. Right now we have to buy Xen Orchestra as a separate solution to manage the tasks a little bit better. If it was integrated within the product, that would be good. Maybe Citrix should just buy Xen Orchestra and improve on it. It is a very good product. It does everything we want to do, but it's a separate product which means we have to pay another license in addition to the ones for XenServer. So I really would want to see improvements in the backup arena and a more robust clean-up job after some tasks such as snapshots fail to complete.
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.
The built-in networking features are a little limited.
I would like the possibility of updating the hypervisor by applying security patches. In the free version, it is a bit annoying.
The self-service user portal needs to be more granular and be more customizable.
It needs improvement with the securit
Integrated workload balancing and virtual switch management that doesn't require another virtual appliance to control.