Compare Oracle VM vs. VMware vSphere

Oracle VM is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 12 reviews while VMware vSphere which is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 84 reviews. Oracle VM is rated 7.4, while VMware vSphere is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Oracle VM writes "Low cost robust VM soln with ability to patch with no downtime and free Live migration". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "Makes Resources Available & Services More Reliable". Oracle VM is most compared with KVM, VMware vSphere and Hyper-V, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE and Hyper-V. See our Oracle VM vs. VMware vSphere report.
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Pros
The ability to live migrate VMs on the fly from one hypervisor to another has been very useful.Ability to patch with no downtime.The stability of the product is fine.The support staff in the tech support team at Oracle has improved. I find them extremely helpful and they give very solid support.It is simple and straightforward, and it will only require you one system integrator to do the job.It is a stable product.We previously used VMware but then moved to Oracle VM. I find that it works better than VMware in some cases.It is very useful for the project management of our company.

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We are able to create virtual machines and move them from one host to another, controlling the resources.The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments.It helps to automate the data replication and DR (disaster recovery).Using vSphere we have virtualized over one thousand servers and this gave us management, cost and datacenter space advantages.The features in VMware vSphere data recovery are excellent. Sometimes I've deleted an entire server before and was able to recover the deleted VM. I just used some command line tools and I was able to restore the deleted VM.The most valuable features for me are a very easily scalable infrastructure. I can have a couple of hosts to do basic workloads. I can have a lot of hosts to do a lot of workloads. vSAN integrates my storage so I don't need an external storage SAN. I love having everything integrated in the same UI. The new HTML5 interface doesn't require any plugins anymore and it's super-fast.Since we have an internal cloud, suddenly people may require 1000 or 2000 VMS in something. We have options to analyze and make sure we have enough scalability.Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.

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We do have a little trepidation with systemd, as it does have a learning curve.There is no memory over-subscription and CPU over-subscription. That has to be improved in terms of Oracle VM perspective. The other leading virtualizing software solutions have this feature.This solution is not as stable as other solutions in the market. But, Oracle has made an effort to improve these issues with recent updates.The management can be improved more, and become more agile. It would be nice for it to become more rich in terms of UI. In addition, the replication to disaster recovery needs improvement.It was a complex setup. It was very difficult for me.The web interface could be faster.Integrating with the internal system is not very easy.One is the hypervisor. Right now, it’s all using Xen. What would be really helpful is to have some choice, and the underlying hypervisor technology use KVM which is very popular with certain workloads.

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Generally, the user interface needs to be improved for non-technical people.Two improvements that I would like to see are higher resolution console modes for guests and easier switching between consoles.I feel that the scalability of the solution should be improved.Although vSphere is a nearly perfect product, it does need a little improvement. Datacenter and Cluster structure should be mixed so that the management of clusters would be easier.We want to see improvement from VMware with security. We want minimal downtime. We want automation. We want to deploy more efficiently.An improvement could be allowing a "dark mode" for the interface. I think the HTML5 client is a little bit hard to read. It's all white. It's a little bit bright on the eyes. A lot of us IT guys view in the dark.We previously had a hard time using tech support.I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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.The cost of this solution is cheap. It is one of the reasons we chose Oracle VM. It is truly "pocket- friendly."Pricing and licensing is one of the main decision making reasons for going to Oracle VM because it was cost effective.If you buy an Oracle server, this solution is free. You have to only pay for support.I do not have experience with the pricing and licensing of the product.

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The licensing fees are on a yearly basis.VMware does provide organizations with discounts. The customer service license fee we got discounts on from the supplier in order for us to get the best out of the license fees. That's our experience. We possibly paid less than our partner company. The partner is only local and not global like our firm.The price is high, but you get back a lot.Our ROI is good.There is an average performance boost, especially if you use VM encryption inside the VMware with another product, like McAfee. You will see great improvement in these cases.VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.The pricing is a bit complex.It is expensive. Other solutions on the market are free. We had to plan with VMware how many hosts that we needed in order to determine the price.

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Overview

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.

VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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Sample Customers
Ambulance Victoria, Australian Finance Group (AFG), Avnet Technology Solutions, CERN, cloudKleyer, Danish Tax Authority (SKAT), Data Intensity, Dubai World, Engineers Australia, Enkitec, Groupe FLO, Guerra S.A. Implemento, s Rodovišrios, Interactive One, IT Convergence, Jesta Digital, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, KT, Kyoto Prefecture, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory / National Ignition Facility, Multinet Pakistan, National Australia Bank (NAB), Navis LLC, Overhead Door, Overstock.com, Paragon Data, Parks Victoria, Pella, Sunway Shared Services, St. Louis Metro, Terminales Ro de la Plata S.A., University of Massachusetts, Versace,Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm19%
Consumer Goods10%
Comms Service Provider10%
Local Government10%
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Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Retailer10%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider12%
Manufacturing Company10%
Healthcare Company9%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise54%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise46%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise38%
Large Enterprise42%
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