[SATLUG] Xen Server

Greg Swift gregswift at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 10:36:56 CDT 2009

On 2009-09-16, Ernest De Leon <edeleonjr at gmail.com> wrote:
> If your goal is to become more marketable in the enterprise world and you
> want relevant experience, you need to work with the 'enterprise'
> hypervisors' out there: Citrix Xen Server and VMware ESX. Microsoft Hyper-V
> is also in the same space but I'm not sure if you want to learn the
> Microsoft stuff. Either way, only Xen Server and Hyper-V Server are
> completely free. You can download a trial of ESX, but they do require a
> license eventually. You can get ESXi for free, but it is a watered down
> version of ESX and I wouldn't recommend learning on it either. Of all the
> options you have available to you, I would highly recommend Xen Server
> unless you can get someone to get you an enterprise ESX license. I can also
> tell you that 99% of our clients have VMware ESX deployed in the data
> center, while the remaining 1% is mostly Xen. I know of maybe one group who
> uses Hyper-V exclusively. That's not to say that those percentages will not
> change over time, of course they will, but you get an idea what the most in
> demand skill set is. I think in the larger market, VMware is around 80%,
> Xen
> is around 10% and the rest (Parallels, Virtual Iron, xVM, Hyper-V, etc.)
> all
> share the last 10%.
> E

Keep your eye out on the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization suite as well,
they will be releasing a stand-alone hypervisor, which will likely see a
free Fedora and/or CentOS counterpart.

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