Oracle VM Review

It supports diverse guest operating systems: Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, CentOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Valuable Features

  • Diverse guest operating system support: 10/10
  • Secure live VM migration: 8/10
  • Storage live VM migration: 8/10
  • High Availability: 10/10
  • Advanced management for zero extra cost: 10/10
  • Faster software deployment with Oracle VM templates: 10/10
  • Virtual Appliance support: 10/10
  • Rapid VM provisioning and cloning: 10/10
  • Full Stack management: 10/10

It supports diverse guest operating systems: Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, CentOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Modern, low overhead architecture based on the Xen hypervisor for leading price/performance. The Xen hypervisor has been improved and included with Oracle VM Server.

Speeds application deployment with Oracle VM Templates and virtual appliances

Full Oracle VM Manager command-line interface (CLI) and Web Services API (WS-API) allow greater automation and interoperability

Advanced virtualization features including:

  • Secure live migration
  • Storage live migration
  • VM high-availability (HA)
  • Distributed Resource Scheduler(DRS)
  • Distributed Power Management(DPM)
  • Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) and Virtualto-Virtual (V2V) conversion
  • Full Stack Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Ready for OpenStack

Room for Improvement

The only improvement that I want to see is more flexibility in configuring and managing Oracle VM server with a CLI if there is no Oracle VM Manager. Oracle restricts you to managing the Oracle VM server via Oracle VM Manager and not through a CLI on Oracle VM Server.

Use of Solution

I've been using it for three years. I've been implementing Oracle VM for x86 across various projects.

Deployment Issues

If I face any issues in Oracle VM deployment, with the help of Oracle support I can solve the issue.

Stability Issues

The first release of Oracle VM had issues, but now it's stable.

Scalability Issues

9/10 - It offers high performance and scalability.

Customer Service and Technical Support

You should implement Oracle Database or Oracle Application over a virtualized environment. I recommend that you implement Oracle VM for this reason, but this doesn't mean that Oracle products are not supported over VMware or Hyper-V; it is supported but not certified. It means that if there is any problem with the Database or an application over VMware, Oracle will try to simulate the error on an Oracle VM not on a VMware one. If there is no issue on Oracle VM, they will ask you to contact VMware support.

It's the best support ever as you can open one SR across Oracle hardware, Oracle VM Server, Oracle Solaris or Linux, Oracle Database, and any Oracle Application.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

It comes with zero license cost. Unlike VMware, Oracle VM is free to download, use, and distribute. All you need to pay for is support, and support fees are affordable.

As an Oracle pre-sales engineer, when you buy Oracle x86 server, the server cost includes one year support for the following items:

  1. Oracle Solaris & Oracle Enterprise Linux
  2. Oracle VM Server
  3. Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c

Other Advice

We are a gold partner, and we use this product to compete with other virtualization products on the market like VMware and Hyper-V. Its features fit most of our customers.

You have to be familiar with hardware and Linux. From my experience in designing and architecting Oracle solutions, most customers implement an Oracle VM environment on Oracle X86 Servers with Oracle ZS3 NAS storage or Oracle FS1-2 flash storage.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company is an Oracle Gold Partner for hardware. We are specialists in hardware and systems .
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