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.​


What is most valuable?

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

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs 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.

For how long have I used the solution?

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

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

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

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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

How are 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

How was the 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.

What about the 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.

What's my experience with 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.

What other advice do I have?

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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