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Re: [linux-392] Vmware ESX vs. Citrix XenServer

From: Clyde G.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 3:42 PM
Hey Varun,

I thought Windows VM's were now supported on XenServer.  It doesn't seem like they can seriously consider competing with VMware if that were not the case.  Keep in in I'm actually talking about XenServer the paid product from Citrix.

Can you shed some light on why one might want to go with ESXi as opposed to ESX?  ESXi seem to be a fairly new offering and I haven't heard much about its use in a production environment.

Clyde

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM, Varun Mehta <[address removed]> wrote:
Clyde,

Both are equally good in their own way, VMware the UI based management is more appealing than Xen. Xen is more bare metal OS for free, (now with ESXi) that is also true, but things are a bit different compared to the ESX.  Xen and windows don't mix well. You cannot install a windows VM on Xen. It has worked for some, but it's not an out of the box solution like VMware.

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2008/9/23 Chris Munns <[address removed]>

Clyde,
    Are you virtualizing mostly Windows or Linux oses?

- Chris


Clyde Goffe wrote:
Hey All,

I'm looking for a production ready virtualization product and I've narrowed it down to VMWare ESX and Citrix XenServer based on features and reputation.  I'm finding it difficult to decide between the two however.  Does anyone have any experience with both or either and can offer of your opinion on the benefits of one over the other? 

I'm noticing with VMware is feature rich but obviously the more features the more add-ons and licenses you need.  Xenserver doesn't seem to be in better with that regard. 

As far as advanced features, I'm intersted in live migrations, cloning, monitoring, backups, etc..

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Clyde




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