Anonymous UserIT Infrastructure Lead at a tech services company
Johan OdendaalServer Engineer at a retailer
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages."
"It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures."
"The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance."
"The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution."
"The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime."
"Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good."
"VMware vSphere is the best private-cloud solution."
"We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running."
"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."
"It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager."
"Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement."
"I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems."
"I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI."
"The ability to run ARM based VMs on an x86 platform for testing purposes. With the growing use of SBCs running on ARM architectures for IoT devices, it would be very useful if developers could build and deploy VMs running operating systems like Raspbian used on Raspberry Pi devices on their existing x86 ESXi environments. Even if this is not possible through some form of emulation, the ability to add ARM hypervisors to vSphere environments would be very useful. This will enable more rapid development cycles for customers just getting started with IoT but already existing vSphere users."
"OS templates should be readily available, so there is no need to get an OS separately. Only the activation part should be different, which is not presently available due to the need to get the OS from a different location, then create VMs."
"It is expensive. They can improve the licensing cost for Cloud Director. They can also improve the integration with other applications and the metering feature, which is currently not flexible."
"Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client."
"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."
"All other vendors are selling their licenses to use the VM, but Oracle isn't doing that, which is its biggest advantage. It is free. All you have to do is get the hardware. You can create an unlimited number of VMs for free. With VMware, you have to purchase licenses for the number of VMs that you want to create. You only pay for their premium support, and even that is optional. I am now learning this product, and we can even do without the support."
"Oracle is free of charge, although you have to have a subscription for the support."
"The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses."
"Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure."
"You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper."
"It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services."
"VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS."
"It is expensive."
"In my opinion, the essential version is a good price."
"The price of this solution is mid-range."
Rozaino SarbiniSenior Manager at NCS Group
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.
Oracle VM is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 12 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 89 reviews. Oracle VM is rated 7.8, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Oracle VM writes "Good documentation and a simple setup but has a terrible licensing structure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Oracle VM is most compared with KVM, Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, Oracle VM VirtualBox and RHEV, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, KVM, VMware Workstation, Proxmox VE and RHEV. See our Oracle VM vs. VMware vSphere report.
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