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Robin Saikat Chatterjee
Consultant
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to live migrate VMs on the fly from one hypervisor to another has been very useful.The ability to pin cores to reduce licensing costs for our clients runnning… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Oracle has now made it available as a hypervisor on Oracle cloud to be deployed on Bare metal servers. * Ability to patch with no downtime. * Ability to ensure all… more»

What needs improvement?

* We do have a little trepidation with systemd, as it does have a learning curve. * Changing the binary logging format feels like a retrograde motion to us, but sadly… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you choose Oracle hardware, then this virtualization software is included along with support. Licensing of various oracle applications is one of the more expensive… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have used Vmware in the past be faced challenges with supportability , compatibiollity with oracle products and licensing costs and complexity.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this for any customer wanting to reduce their licensing costs for packaged applications.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated using Oracle VirtualBox, but it was more for desktop virtualization and did not fit with server virtualization. We also tried KVM, but the complexities in… more»
ErikBenner
Real User
User at Mythics Inc
Dec 17 2017

What is most valuable?

Oracle VM is a great free product from Oracle. I love that, when I can say "free from Oracle." It’s a full feature hypervisor. It competes well with other hypervisors in the market. However, it’s free. You don’t pay anything to use it. You can, however, pay for support if you need support. It offers all the features you expect in a hypervisor, using technologies that they call Live Migration. It… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The big benefits to Oracle VM that I see in users that I work with are, first of all, performance. You don’t have what I call the "virtualization tax" like you do on other hypervisors. The CPU that you buy actually becomes more and more useful. You don’t have all that overhead. You get really good disk performance, almost comparable to bare metal when you configure it correctly. That’s an… more»

What needs improvement?

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. There are also some features around it, extracting virtual machines and managing it, that could show some improvement. There’s still some area for improvement with some of the newer technologies.
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Sandeep Shenoy
Consultant
Consultant at hadafq8
Jan 20 2019

What is most valuable?

I think the most valuable features are: * Excellent support team * Compatibility with: Linux, Windows, Ubuntu and Solaris

How has it helped my organization?

It is cloud-based, so I can access the management consoles from anywhere within or outside my organization if I have VPN access. Its a very light pool so its quite fast in nature, the hypervisor itself is very small its around one and half… more»

What needs improvement?

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.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing and licensing is one of the main decision making reasons for going to Oracle VM because it was cost-effective.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

If you compare Oracle VM vs VMware or Oracle VM vs Hyper-V, there is a definite difference in GUI. The GUI of Hyper-V and VMware are phenomenal. The GUI of Oracle VM is not that great, it is sluggish in nature, but it does everything that… more»
Isaac Nelson Walulya
Consultant
‎Solutions Consultant
Jan 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The Oracle VM template is the most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

Oracle VM is a solution that grows with your business. It can easily be scaled up, and it is a great storage platform.

What needs improvement?

I do not think this solution is as stable as other solutions in the market. But, Oracle has really been trying to update the solution with the most recent release, and I find it is less buggy than it… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost of this solution is cheap. It is one of the reasons we chose Oracle VM. It is truly "pocket- friendly." In regards to the licensing, Oracle VM is definitely a good choice for a customer that… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have prior experience with VMware, Bhyve and FreeNAS. Bhyve and FreeNAS are open-source VM solutions.

What other advice do I have?

Nothing is simple about virtualization software products anymore. They are becoming more complex by the day. Now, with the advent of containers, the complexity has increased. Nothing is simple. Users… more»
Luis Fregoso
Real User
Oracle VM SME at TDS (OneNeck IT Solutions)
Dec 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The way it plays with the Oracle Database; it's all about the Oracle Database. The way it plays with the Oracle Database; it's all about the Oracle Database. The virtualization product Oracle puts out just complements the performance of the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The cost of scalability. You pay for what you use. It's free to download, free to install, and the support side has been very helpful.

What needs improvement?

I would say third-party plugins to other storage vendors. There are a lot of converged infrastructure setups; one that we have, multiple different hardware vendors. So that would be something we could definitely be looking for. Also, the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have a lot of customers out there that are running Oracle Database and, as we're virtualizing, there are other products out there that are not cost-efficient for the customer. Oracle VM is the logical choice there.

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor what's important, obviously, is the reputation in the industry, the kind of support they provide, and the features of the product that we'll be using. If you're going from a bare metal type of implementation, the… more»
User
Consultant at Temperies
Nov 20 2017

What is most valuable?

First because of the virtualization for Linux, I use just Linux basically in all VMs, a few with Windows. For Windows we decide to use a virtual box. In Linux, we choose to manage by the Command Line because my history is more Command Line.

What needs improvement?

I think more Command-Line options for the product, for deployments. I know that the latest version includes OpenStack support so you can manage things in any kind of OpenStack-certified solution. But I prefer to use Command Line traditionally with shells.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend Oracle VM instead of VMware or some other Windows native solution to virtualize Linux servers. It's performant for Linux.
Real User
Manager-Data Center at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 20 2019

What do you think of Oracle VM?

What is our primary use case?

My primary use of this product is for a database. I use this solution because it can work together with our other Oracle solutions.

What needs improvement?

There is no memory over-subscription and CPU over-subscription. That has to be improved in terms of Oracle VM perspective. The other leading VM software solutions have this feature.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For me, the stability is fine. But, I only primarily use it for the database role. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There is a huge gap that Oracle VM needs to tighten in order to be more scalable, as well as more competitive with other VM products currently on the market.  …
Agustin Caveda Mas
Real User
‎Senior Presales Engineer of DataCenter and Digital Transformation at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Jan 17 2019

What do you think of Oracle VM?

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use this for demonstrations for customers. 

What is most valuable?

It is easy to use, and easy to start.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. For us, we do not have a need for a lot of servers, so it suits our needs. We have about 30 users of this solution.

How is customer service and technical support?

The tech support is good. 

How was the initial setup?

It was a complex setup. It was very difficult for me.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you buy an Oracle server, this solution is free. You have to only pay…
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What is Oracle VM?

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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