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Senior System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
A decent amount of features, however needs better integration and Snapshot capabilities

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is very stable. I don't recall any bugs or glitches. It's reliable. It doesn't crash or freeze."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution strictly for Oracle licensed products.

What is most valuable?

The solution has the exact features we need.

What needs improvement?

The solution lacks a lot of extra key features.

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.

There's an overall lack of integration with other software and there is also a lack of integration with backup solutions.

Oracle has stated that they intend to improve the solution. I'm not sure when this will happen, however. It may have been declared end of life, therefore, I can't imagine that they'll actually add to it at this point.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for a little over three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. I don't recall any bugs or glitches. It's reliable. It doesn't crash or freeze.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is pretty good. If an organization needs to expand it, they can do so.

We don't plan to increase our usage, however. We plan to move off it in the near future.

How was the initial setup?

The solution was not necessarily complex. It was very straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

The initial installation was a combination of a hired individual that had had some experience, and ourselves. Mostly it was done by our team getting training as much as we could, due to the fact that they kept on canceling the classes. Mostly we handled the implementation on our own.

What other advice do I have?

We're simply customers. We don't have a business relationship with Oracle.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this product, as we are moving off of it. I would suggest that other organizations go with a KVM-based product. It's my understanding that Oracle will not be continuing with the product, and therefore no more work will be done to add features or improve the product.

Overall, I'd rate the solution six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
EF
Senior Oracle Database Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Stable, open-source, and the integration is good

Pros and Cons

  • "It's quite stable."
  • "The usage could be easier, and more user-friendly."

What is our primary use case?

The main use case of this solution is integration. The integration of the database and compatibility with the affiliate in terms of license management. This will reduce the cost of the license.

It is the same use case as vSan except that you can partition the applications and it forces you to license the processor, as opposed to the server.

What needs improvement?

I would like to simplify the processes to implement. When you want to implement Oracle, the steps that you perform could be simplified.

The usage could be easier, and more user-friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Oracle VM for a few months, we started using it in November.

We are using version 3.4.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 10 users in our organization. It's a new product.

We are still in the testing phase. We are looking forward to observing its behavior. If it behaves well and there are no major incidents that give us or the support team issues, we will continue to plan ahead and implement it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support could be faster.

How was the initial setup?

It is very difficult to implement.

It is not user-friendly, so you need a bit of skill to deploy it.

When compared to other solutions, it is quite complex. The complexity depends on the individual environment.

What about the implementation team?

For the deployment, you need a consultant and an integrator. It is very difficult to deploy this solution. If you use the server storage, you need a consultant.

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

Oracle VM is inexpensive. It's open-source, but you pay for support.

Oracle is free of charge, although you have to have a subscription for the support.

What other advice do I have?

Currently, they are trying to improve this solution database and technology. They are trying to upgrade it to make it a more customizable database.

I would certainly recommend this solution to other users who have Oracle applications. It has been customized to optimize this database.

I would rate Oracle VM a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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RS
Senior Manager at NCS Group
Real User
Top 20
Scales well and the technical support is good, but the orchestration should be improved

Pros and Cons

  • "What I like best about this product is that it's free."
  • "Oracle VM should be more feature-rich."

What is our primary use case?

We are using the virtual machine to host our databases and other applications.

What is most valuable?

What I like best about this product is that it's free. It helps customers and end-users save money.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better orchestration, as it would help in terms of setup. 

Better automation would help in terms of provisioning and configuring new VMs.

Oracle VM should be more feature-rich.

Using this product should come at no charge, regardless of the platform.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Oracle VM for two or three years. We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not seen any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has not been a problem. One of our older clients has about 1,000 end-users and one that we are working on now is expected to have about 50,000.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have support directly from Oracle and we haven't had any issues with it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with VMware. The setup for VMware is a little bit easier.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not as easy as VMware, but over time and with experience, it will become easier.

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

Oracle VM is free if you are running it on Oracle infrastructure hardware, otherwise, it is subscription-based.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is researching this solution is to consider the total cost of ownership. It does not make sense to try and save money on hardware if you are going to have really expensive software. Be sure to look at the entire ecosystem, rather than the itemized cost.

I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
AQ
Sr System Support Eng at Techaccess Pakistan
Real User
Good for creating clusters and primary file takeaways

Pros and Cons

  • "Good visualization hypervisor."
  • "Deployment should be simplified."

What is our primary use case?

We generally recommend this solution to our customers and we deploy it for them. The solution runs on the exologic environment with multiple VMs and multiple abbreviations. In this case the solution is being used in a telecommunications company. Most of our clients are big enterprise. We partner with Oracle and I'm a senior systems support engineer. 

What is most valuable?

The previous version was full of bugs but they seem to have resolved all the issues on it so it's a good solution. Oracle VM is a good visualization hypervisor, like VMware and Hyper-V. We can create clusters, and primary file takeaways.

What needs improvement?

They could improve deployment by making the documentation easier. Also, I always find it difficult to mount the image on the Oracle VM. There are a few things that could be improved, features such as mounting and unmounting the images on Oracle VM.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for around five years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is good, we're able to deploy the solution to big environments.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward, deployment time really depends on the client's needs. Sometime it takes two to three days and sometimes it can take months. We also do the maintenance for them. 

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
DC
Manager, IT at a renewables & environment company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
The solution is easy to use with minimal cost when it is shut down

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is easy to use. You can spin one up when you need to and then shut it down."
  • "I would like to be able to ship all of our logs. This feature could exist and I am just not aware of it."

What is our primary use case?

I manage the Oracle Cloud infrastructure, including all our VMs, firewalls and load balances.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use. You can spin one up when you need to and then shut it down. When it is shut down the cost is minimal. It makes it very easy to do testing and training, including 'what-if'' situations.

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to take all our logs and ship them to a corporate site. However, this feature could exist and I just haven't had the chance to explore that.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is good, I would rate it an 8 out of 10 in this area.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is good.

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

The price compares well with other solutions. Oracle has flexible payment and cost methods. We use an annual credit plan by committing to one year in the Oracle environment. By making this commitment they provide deep discounts for what we do. They also offer a pay as you go and monthly plans.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Oracle VM a 9 out of 10.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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