Oracle VM Review

We can move VM’s while keeping the most important ones available. Oracle must improve their support skills and knowledge base to help clients with issues.​


Valuable Features

I find the VM server features useful for moving VM’s while keeping the most important ones available.

Improvements to My Organization

With Oracle VM we can deliver new infrastructure much faster by deploying from templates and cloning it after customizing.

Room for Improvement

I would like to see a proper and stable client to access Oracle VM Manager. Installation documents should be improved regarding storage details and shared cluster disks.

Use of Solution

I have used it for three years for many US, UK and European clients.

Deployment Issues

The issues I found were related to cluster disk shared on our SAN. It was about detailed storage configurations.

Stability Issues

The issues I found were related to cluster disk shared on our SAN. It was about detailed storage configurations.

Scalability Issues

The issues I found were related to cluster disk shared on our SAN. It was about detailed storage configurations.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Unfortunately, I didn’t see the same level of expertise as I see regarding Oracle Databases. Oracle must improve their support skills and knowledge base to help clients with issues.

Previous Solutions

I also use VMware vSphere, but for Microsoft based solutions (Windows Servers, Sharepoint, MSSQL, etc). Oracle VM is a better choice and cheaper one when we are using Oracle Solutions.

Initial Setup

The initial setup was very hard and required me to create a build doc to my company so anyone could do it again. The cluster documentation is not straightforward when we use 3rd party SAN hardware.

Implementation Team

I implemented it for British and European clients using my own build document as there was not enough information for Hitachi SAN storages. I would advise you to create a proper POC and test all hardware pieces. Also, Oracle Linux is a must have on these kind of environments.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Well, this is the most important factor on Oracle VM as it is a free solution to implement, and very cheap to license. If you also use Oracle VM as operating system, then all makes sense regarding pricing, support and performance.

Other Advice

It still lacks a reliable Oracle VM Manager able to also report performance. Also, Oracle Support knowledge base is still growing. My advice is to have skilled people to implement it. Although it is cheap, it needs the correct skills for a proper cluster implementation and to resolve issues.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: I implement it for our clients.
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