Goodbye XenServer

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In my last post I mentioned that I did a server migration, and that the hub around which everything turned was the server running Citrix XenServer. As also mentioned, I replaced XenServer with Microsoft’s Hyper-V. Let me explain some of my thinking around why I made that choice.

Xen has been around since 2003, making it a pretty mature hypervisor. When Citrix got involved, the project only grew and became more powerful. In fact, it often seemed like XenServer was the only competition to VMware. When we decided to make use of virtualization at the school, we had the choice of VMware, XenServer and the original version of Hyper-V. VMware was fussy on the hardware, Hyper-V didn’t have decent management tools or Linux at the time, all while XenServer just worked out the box.

Fast forward a couple of years though and the scene has changed quite a bit. Hyper-V…

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