Given XenServer (7 currently) is based on CentOS, does that mean it works just like CentOS in terms of updating, CLI, administration (non-Xen specific like mdadm and boot loaders) etc?
Basically, if I want to use XenServer, then am I committing to using, learning, and working in the CentOS "way"?
We have a new (to us) server on the way and now is the time to switch hypervisors and we are set on using Xen.
Our current setup that I am familiar with and can administer efficiently is a Debian host with a couple VMs using Virtual Box which is less than ideal to say the least. Due to this, I am familiar to working in Debian and have made a conscious choice to use Debian for our servers. I administer only our servers for our small business so I do not have the diversity of other setups and other distributions to work from.
From my understanding, the way Redhat does things is a bit different from Debian based distributions and would require a learning curve of unknown amount; but a learning curve for sure.
So if I use XenServer, am I also committing to the Redhat learning curve?
I am aware that I can install Xen with a Debian based Dom0 but the consensus I have read seems to say XenServer works the best overall. However there will be a bit of configuration I will need to do such as getting our local RAID arrays up and running for the Dom0, Xen, and Network Shares, along with getting boot loaders and grub in order. I can do this configuration rather easily in Debian so I am trying to weigh the cost in time of trying to do the same configuration the CentOS way which I am afraid will add a considerable amount of time to get the new server in to Production given IT by myself for our company slowly happens in the afterhours of business; hence the question.