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"Our production servers are running in Linux, and this solution supports that environment well.""Scaling the solution is easy. You just have to add more hardware.""I like that this is an open-source solution. It is very powerful, and it's easy.""The KVM service is well managed with a central policy interface.""If you prefer command-line, there are all kinds of command-line options.""It is easy to use, stable, and flexible. It is a pretty mature product, and it is faster than VirtualBox.""The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before."

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"What I like best about this product is that it's free.""There's a lot of space to customize the solution if you need to.""The most valuable aspect of the solution is the resource management from the OVM Manager.""The solution is very stable. I don't recall any bugs or glitches. It's reliable. It doesn't crash or freeze.""The ability to live migrate VMs on the fly from one hypervisor to another has been very useful.""Ability to patch with no downtime.""Good visualization hypervisor.""What I like the most is the failover and the quick restore of virtual machines."

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Cons
"Support for VF is needed, where you can, for example, export from VMware to KVM.""The solution should be more user friendly. We are struggling with the command lines.""The virtual manager and the graphical QEMU for KVM need some improvement.""The initial setup of this solution is more difficult than some of the competing products and it could be improved.""One thing that maybe could be improved is making it easier to scale. It needs to be more clear on how to scale the storage space for virtual machines.""Its resource usage can be improved.""Business continuity features need to be added."

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"Oracle VM should be more feature-rich.""The solution needs more features and flexibility in terms of communicating with other platforms. If it had that, it would be the perfect product.""You need to have a model for documentation available for the users. Right now, if you have to search for some troubleshooting, you need to have Oracle login. Many personnel might not have that login. The reach, the availability of information to the end-user, is not there.""If you do a gap analysis between VMware and Oracle VM, you can't do VM Snapshot. That's one thing you can't do. It's a sort of a snapshot, but it's not really Snapshot technology. It requires that you're running on CFS-2.""We do have a little trepidation with systemd, as it does have a learning curve.""Deployment should be simplified.""Integration with cloud products would be beneficial.""I've found that using Oracle VM is like stepping back in time. It's not kept up with technology. The only reason anyone uses it is that they're afraid of Oracle's licensing. Oracle has a tremendously bad licensing approach."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution is an open-source, free platform with paid support.""It is free for everyone."

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"Oracle VM is free if you are running it on Oracle infrastructure hardware, otherwise, it is subscription-based.""Licensing costs are less for Oracle Linux and for clients moving to the Oracle Cloud, as it is included in the price of the subscription.""I recommend this for any customer wanting to reduce their licensing costs for packaged applications.""If you choose Oracle hardware, then this virtualization software is included along with support.""We were able to deploy our solution at near zero cost compared to other vendors since the licenses come with our Oracle hardware.""With having a global contract, we get some discounts."

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Answers from the Community
Nitin Pande
author avatarSteffen Hornung
Real User

You want to simulate the migration from Xen-based Oracle VM Server to Oracle Linux KVM? And that inside your existing vmware environment?
I am not acquainted with either oracle products but take a step back and you will see that you are trying to virtualize virtualization hosts.


So you have to look into vmware side options to do "nested virtualization". There should be enough how-tos out there. Mostly regarding vmware inside vmware or hyper-v inside vmware. These instructions should apply to nesting other virtual platforms as well. 


Normally nesting is strongly discouraged because of immense performance hit with that kind of situation. But for testing it is viable and doable.


See here for nested kvm with vmware


https://lab.piszki.pl/nested-k...


author avatarNgole Ngole
User

Oracle VM to KVM migrations can be done some less and no need for VMWARE 


Please follow the link below else create a connection for me to help 


https://blogs.oracle.com/scote...


Regards 


Ngole Ngole 

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and supports a wider range of hardware and, also, you can implement at ZERO cost and with a very powerful web interface for management, from… more »
Top Answer: Small support team, small cluster, low core count, use VMware products Large support team, large clusters with many cores, use KVM. KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and… more »
Top Answer: Far from being an expert, my opinion is that the positive sides of KVM are: Lower costs and open-source which gives the abilities to customize it according to the specific needs of each customer.
Top Answer: Oracle is probably the best database technology out there. I've never found anything as complete in terms of feature and functionality and sophistication.
Top Answer: On one hand, I like Oracle's licensing strategy in that they don't have license keys. You don't have to call and beg for another 30-day key and all the hassle that a lot of smaller companies do… more »
Top Answer: I've found that using Oracle VM is like stepping back in time. It's not kept up with technology. The only reason anyone uses it is that they're afraid of Oracle's licensing. Oracle has a tremendously… more »
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Overview
KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko.

Oracle VM for x86

Oracle VM for x86 is a Xen based server virtualization platform for public and private cloud and traditional on premise deployment. Oracle VM offers full lifecycle and application deployment from disk to cloud.

Designed and optimized for security, efficiency and performance Oracle VM supports major hardware vendors x86 and storage platforms and can run workloads on Linux, Windows and Oracle Solaris. Uniquely for our virtualization platform it offers live patching via Ksplice enhancing security and minimizing service disruption. Oracle VM supports hard partitioning which can significantly reduce software applications licensing costs.

Oracle VM for SPARC

Oracle VM for SPARC is a firmware based virtualization platform for Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC based servers running Solaris. Oracle VM supports hard partitioning which can significantly reduce software applications licensing costs.

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Find out what your peers are saying about KVM vs. Oracle VM and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
476,892 professionals have used our research since 2012.

KVM is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 7 reviews while Oracle VM is ranked 8th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews. KVM is rated 7.8, while Oracle VM is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of KVM writes "Stable, easy to set up, and very easy to use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle VM writes "Good documentation and a simple setup but has a terrible licensing structure". KVM is most compared with Oracle VM VirtualBox, Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere and RHEV, whereas Oracle VM is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox and RHEV. See our KVM vs. Oracle VM report.

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