XenServer: room for improvement
Updated February 23, 2016

XenServer: room for improvement

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

6.5

Overall Satisfaction with XenServer

XenServer is one of the products used for teaching a virtualization class.
  • Create virtual machine
  • Xenmotion
  • Config/installation of XenServer
  • Lacks management tool equivalent to vCenter server. XenCenter is a client-side app only.
  • Lack official support for work load balancing (the support has been dropped)
  • Simple one for dev purpose
I used vSphere (and vCenter server), Hyper-V, and XenServer to teach a virtualization class. vSphere is certainly the leader among these three, and Hyper-V is second (but not far behind). XenServer is third, which lacks many advanced features provided by vSphere and Hyper-V.
XenServer is suited for simple, introduction to virtualization or virtual machines.

Citrix Hypervisor Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
7
Management console
5
Live virtual machine backup
5
Live virtual machine migration
6
Hypervisor-level security
5

Using XenServer

1 - instructional purpose for virtualization/cloud course
1 - very basic IT knowledge.
one with basic concepts of virtualization is even better.
  • instructional purpose
  • self study
  • personal dev environment
  • infrastructure with multiple hypervisors
simplicity, easy to use

Evaluating XenServer and Competitors

  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Prior Experience with the Product
simplicity, easy to setup and running
completeness of functionality

Using XenServer

there is room for improvement
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • VM creation
  • VM life cycle: start, stop, migrate, etc.
  • adding repository (i.e., external storage, not local storage of XenServer)
  • add/remove node in cluster
  • changing IP of XenServer