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Adnan Nasir
Real User
Senior Hyperion Systems Architect at Loudoun County Govt.
Mar 07 2017

What is most valuable?

The valuable features are the cost and the convenience of the physical machines, meaning that you can have multiple virtual machines that you can use for many other different... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For example, we are going to upgrade our Oracle BI product, so that needs to have more servers. What we are thinking to do is to create more VM's in the same physical server... more»

What needs improvement?

Initially, you did not have an option in Oracle VM to build an image and just restore into a different physical or virtual environment, but now the option is included. That's one... more»

What other advice do I have?

Prepare for the development time and the allocation of resources. That's the key thing. When you're building an image or a Oracle VM server, how much resources are you allocating?... more»
Robin Saikat Chatterjee
Consultant
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 30 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to live migrate VMs on the fly from one hypervisor to another has been very useful.

How has it helped my organization?

* Ability to patch with no downtime. * Ability to ensure all prerequisites are satisfied without manual intervention saves time, effort, and... 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... 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... more»

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this for any customer wanting to reduce their licensing costs for packaged applications.
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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... 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... 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,... more»
it_user521643
Real User
Project Manager & PeopleSoft Administrator at CMPA
Nov 24 2016

What is most valuable?

Quick provisioning is the most valuable feature. It comes bundled with Oracle Database Appliance and we use it for our PeopleSoft instances. You... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As I’ve mentioned, it’s all about speed, quickness; do it pretty quick. We also have customizations. If we have a base image, we can take that... more»

What needs improvement?

We're using NFS, which I've been informed might not be the best file system to be using. However, with the latest version, apparently, there are... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

The reason we decided to invest in this new solution was all about cost. We were going with an n-tier architecture. We had 12 physical servers.... more»

What other advice do I have?

Look at what other people are doing, take notes and talk to your Oracle rep. They really come on board and help you out through the process.
it_user521604
Real User
Manager, ERP Technical Support at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 01 2016

What is most valuable?

Virtual machines are much cheaper than having physical machines. They are rolling out new machines very quick and fast. It saves time and saves cost, that’s how we feel; and also... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Saves time for procuring the new hardware. No more physical space sitting on the data centers.

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

It's a challenge for us to keep investing in it. We are a manufacturing company, not an IT company. Whenever Oracle comes, say every three to five years, and says everybody change... more»

What other advice do I have?

I know that everything is on the cloud; but eventually, if you are a new startup company, go to the VM. You have control over what you have, while at the same time, not dependent... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»

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... more»
it_user436146
Consultant
President at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Jun 20 2017

What is most valuable?

We've noticed that when working with Citrix with our Oracle clients who also use Oracle Linux, the monitoring and testing is simpler and easier for us to do.

How has it helped my organization?

It's similar to being Citrix-based with a little bit of difference on the technology side. It seems to handle some of the database mechanics better. Again, that's probably just the... more»

What needs improvement?

It doesn't monitor everything, which is a little bit more difficult. It doesn't seem to have as many features or metrics to monitor as some others do, so you have to make some... more»

What other advice do I have?

Try it our and test it, and make sure it's going to be exactly what you need first versus the other options because they all have their own little idiosyncrasies, and you want to... more»
it_user1017
Vendor
eCommerce Expert at a software R&D company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

* It provides enhancements for network and storage configuration, policy-based management for delivering application resource flexibility, and a GUI. * Distributed Resource Scheduling for capacity management, providing real time monitoring... more»

What needs improvement?

* Oracle's VM VirtualBox is a powerful, free, and open-source virtualization tool. However, you'll have to read a lot of documents and perform experiments in test environments to make it work for you. * Oracle VM is the only certified... more»

What other advice do I have?

Desktop Virtualization: Oracle's comprehensive desktop virtualization solutions, from secure thin client devices to highly optimized virtual desktop infrastructure software, offer ease of administration, higher security, and better access.
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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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