Oracle VM Review

It allows hard partitioning platforms, thus keeping the licenses intact.


Valuable Features

It allows hard partitioning platforms, thus keeping the licenses intact.

Improvements to My Organization

We have two datacenters, holding less than 15 physical servers and still running over 300 virtual ones.

Room for Improvement

With v2.X it was possible to do everything in the CLI or the shell. Now, on v3.X everything must be done either in the GUI or CLI, and there's no option to use the shell. I am old school, so I hate GUI. CLI is working well and I wish it to be that in future.

Use of Solution

We have been using it for the past seven years, and have created 10 different environments.

Deployment Issues

There have been no issues with the deployments.

Stability Issues

There was nasty bug on DomU UEK3 kernel year ago, which wiped virtual machine disks if a certain combination was used. Now, it's fine.

Scalability Issues

We have had no issues scaling it as needed.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I've never had to contact them.

Initial Setup

The initial setup is as easy as walking. After that, it gets a little complicated, but if one knows what one is doing, it is still easy.

Implementation Team

In-house. If you know Linux and Xen, you are good to go. If you don't, get a partner to do this for you.

Other Solutions Considered

As it's Oracle, there was no need to evaluate anything else.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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