A Decent Choice
July 01, 2019
A Decent Choice
Score 6 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer)
We use Citrix Hypervisor as one of our virtualization tools. The ability to run multiple VMs on each physical server has been beneficial. As one of the leading virtualization management platforms, it offers many great features out of the box. The ability to quickly set up and configure and easily managed environment are among a few of the positives. It's not the most robust and feature packed, but it's cheap and relatively simple to use.
- Creating VMS - virtualizing physical or already virtual images is a snap
- Configuration - in a smaller environment, configuration is simple and easy to understand
- Templates and Clones - the ability to create these on the fly make it great for a dev environment
- Support - if free is what you need, great support is not what you'll get, keep in mind if support is necessary
- Upgrades - the upgrade process is buggy and problematic at best
- Partner Support - if you're looking for a product with multiple parters rolled in, I'd look elsewhere
- It is relatively easy to learn.
- Xenserver is a decent hypervisor, with advanced features, open-source and free.
- Sometimes, long recoveries have hurt us
VMware seems to be the standard and is more widely accepted. However, Citrix Hypervisor, is easily learned and cheaper. We have also used VirtualBox to offer up ideas for other free products. VirtualBox seems to be easier for end users who just want simple VMs and not necessarily entire environments. Citrix is good for environment virtualization.
Citrix Hypervisor is well suited for quickly standing up a virtualized environment. As the environment scales, there is less efficiency within the platform, however. The partnership with Microsoft seems strong, but that also limits the product in the end. If other partnerships were as in depth as Citrix with MS products, it would greatly enhance the overall score. I would not recommend this product if you need to virtualize a large, complex system.