I need to consolidate a bunch of old machines and looking for the best VM server to do that. These machines are running Suse ( versions 8 - 11 ), OpenBSD, Debian
I've been using VMWare ESXi for a while, Open Source XEN (no support for BSD unfortunately ), and recently installed Citrix XEN
I'd like to be able to easily import currently running Linux & BSD boxes. VMWare does not have native support for importing Linux physical machines, but I found this product, which should do the job, called PowerConvert. Has anyone used it http://www.platespin.com/products/powerconvert/
Basicaly I need :
1. Support for BSD systems, old Suse (8.2, 9.0 ) Opensuse 10 , Debian , Windows systems (optional )
2. Easily migrate to and from VMWare and Citrix XEN virtuals, XEN and physical, VMWare and physical.
3. Migrate live, running machines (PowerConvert claims it can do that )
4. Load balance virtuals between physical machines (PowerConvert claims it can do that, so does Citrix XEN – you can create a resource pool and migrate running VMs)
Citrix XEN downsides so far :
- have to reinstall license on the annual basis. What if I forget or they go bankrupt and there will be no way to obtain new license ?
- Client app is not available to download from running server, you have to get it from CD or their website – with WMWare you just type your server IP in the browser
- Could not get it to install OS from iso image on my PC, maybe just did not find that option, but it’s quite intuitive on VMWare
Vmware ESXi downsides:
- no native support for import of Linux systems ( PowerConvert can help here )
- No load balancing ( at least for the free version ), again Power Convert helps
What are your experiences with the software mentioned, any other downsides ?