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The Xen Project serves as the basis for many commercial server virtualization, desktop and embedded products as well as hardware appliances and cloud solutions.

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The Linux Foundation
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2015
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San Francisco, CA
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80
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"Virtualize optimizing the performance of onpremise resources"

What do you like best?

Possibility to virtualize Hardware and Software with a great performance for our virtual machines.

The types of virtualization, traditional, emulation, and complete that simulates the base hardware.

Virtualization at the OS level is shared with the Kernel and the architecture

It has a high performance to virtualize

No need special drivers.

The Administration Console for configuration and destruction creation is very intuitive if you are familiar with GNU / Linux systems

Standalone Hypervisor

Possibility of agendar

Make backup

The loading balaceo

the minimum requirements to install the Xen and the debian that is part of the requirements and guarantee a high performance at the time of virtualization because there is no layer of emulation between the Hypervisor and the virtualized systems.

The installation process is required to install previously Devian which is easily installed and on it we can install the Xen Project.

The configuration process is very simple and has an open source version where the community actively collaborates in functionalities tips or errors that arise.

The code that interacts with XEn is written in Phynton and makes it easy to correct errors.

One point in favor is the possibility of using it on Amazon

What do you dislike?

There are not many cases of reported bruises and when we are presented with an error, the log does not show us that it is traced with an exception not captured.

The OpenSource version is very alpha than the final version.

If it is required to make many inputs or outputs or the VirtlO is used to connect the virtual hard disks, the performance of Xen is not the best.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You can use the Opensource version to carry out the tests and acquire the final version.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Make virtualizations with high performance and easy administration

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"The original hypervisor for running virtual machines"

What do you like best?

Xen was one of the first reliable hypervisors to be released. It is & was so powerful, that any time someone said "virtual server", you would think Xen, and it is currently the number one & most used virtualization platform in the cloud, which says a lot. Since Xen is separate from the OS & goes even further by separating out each component, it provides exceptional security, performance, and full OS neutrality, letting you run any OS you want in a virtual environment. Xen has many cutting edge features, and is always adding more, while making sure it is one of the most stable platforms available.

What do you dislike?

Xen does not offer a wide variety of easy to use management tools, and you should expect the same level of management tools as most other open-source software. The command line also requires quite a bit of training, though command syntax and how-to's are all over the internet.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Look at all of your options, especially open-source xen project compared to paid Citrix Xen Server. If you have technical expertise available to you and need to save funds, Xen Project is a great solution. Yet if you don't have access very tech savvy employees or cost isn't a big problem, then Citrix Xen might be a better option, and both provide the same benefits.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Xen allows us to utilize all of our hardware capabilities, while reducing the costs of buying additional servers.

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"Xen for virtualization of servers"

What do you like best?

The hypervisor is lightweight where many virtual machine instances can be fired up simultaneously (depending on the amount of resources allocated towards each, along with what's available from the actual host too). It allows each virtual machine to have dedicated resources, different configurations and operating systems to be ran natively when virtualization technology is enabled for the CPU in the BIOS.

Isolation from the other machines is nice.

What do you dislike?

In the past, there's been security vulnerabilities especially with the guest hosts where they're able to gain root access to the main host. I know many of those have been fixed since, but it's one thing that has to be constantly monitored for 0 day exploits.

Other instances still have the ability to take down a complete virtual server if they're being targeted or getting way too much traffic.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try the free hypervisor first, as you may find the open source version works just as well (along with being updated as security flaws are discovered and/or newer features being added).

One of the cool things about Xen images/servers is that you can actually run them via KVM instead (which has been proven faster and also quite stable + secure). It's a great bonus having the availability to try against different hypervisors and measure performance.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Less physical hardware is being required in the datacenter and we can have multiple virtual machines running instead of actual servers, greatly reducing power usage and other hardware for lower TCO, while providing service to many customers without impacting each other.

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"Powerful and Flexible Hypervisor"

What do you like best?

We moved from VMware to Xen and haven't looked back. The base OS has everything we need, support for migrating virtual machines from one host to another, snapshots, High Availability. We run a mix of OS on our hypervisors, from Windows to Linux and FreeBSD. They all work great. It's open source and support is widely available.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that XenCenter is windows only. There are things that allow you to manage Xen from Linux or OS X but I still manage to find myself booting up a VM to do any real Xen management. Though, there are some web interfaces that are quite lovely and provide about 80% of what you would want to do. Development can be slow, especially in today's world. But version 7 was just released so that's nice.

Upgrading from an old version to the new major release basically requires a fresh install which is bonkers to me.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would read the documentation very thoroughly and learn all the quirks with a test lab before deploying in production.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We replaced a limited ESXi cluster with Xen and use it to manage all of our production servers.

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"Simple to Set Up / Simple to Use"

What do you like best?

There is literally no reason NOT to use Xen. It just works... and it works exceptionally well! It's so easy to con figure, and it's stable. It's easy to set it and forget it. Instances can remain up for an indefinite amount of time, and run efficiently.

What do you dislike?

There's really nothing to dislike about Xen. As I previously mentioned, it does its job well.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try it out. You'll fall in love with it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualization.

Xen Project User Ratings

8.3
Ease of Use
Average: 8.5*
8.3
Quality of Support
Average: 8.5*
8.0
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.1*
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