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

From: Clyde G.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 3:57 PM
Chris,

Can you point me to any documentation that talks about Windows support by the current version of XenServer?

Also have you used XenServer in a production environment?  How have you found it to be?

Clyde

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM, Chris Munns <[address removed]> wrote:
Varun,
    This isn't true.  XenServer by Citrix is different than the free open Xen software you can get for your distro.  Citrix has actually done some tuning and provided a bit more to help make Windows instances run well on XenSource.  Comparatively if you run RedHat Enterprise, their versions of Xen and the Xen drivers they provide don't work as well with Windows but I hear stories to the fact that their linux(running RHEL ofcourse) performance is better.

- Chris


Varun Mehta 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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