Oracle VM Reviews

Oracle VM is the #8 ranked solution of our top Server Virtualization Software tools. It's rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to KVM - Oracle VM vs KVM

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Robin Saikat Chatterjee
Consultant
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at Tata Consultancy Services
Aug 05 2020

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?

* ability to use live migration and cpu pinning together would be very useful. for example reserving certain physical cpus on the target system prior tothe live migration… 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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
Robin Saikat Chatterjee
Consultant
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at Tata Consultancy Services
May 09 2020

What is most valuable?

This is supported by Oracle and optimized for running its database and software. Among the benefits is the ability to create huge pages within a VM, which is very… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to run many different solutions on a small number of hypervisors. We can shut down those solutions that are currently not of interest and can expand or… more »

What needs improvement?

Currently, there are some cases when the GUI and the back-end go out of sync. For example, the GUI shows the VM as running whereas it is actually already shut down. This… more »

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

OVM support licensing is included in the price of any Sun x86 servers. Since we can use the software for partitioning, it helps save on the licensing of other Oracle… more »

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

We chose this product because of the compatibility with other Oracle software and the ability to reduce license costs.

What other advice do I have?

We have seen stability challenges if the storage and network is not rock solid. In fact, the most robust solutions are those where the integration is already done, namely… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked into KVm and Vmware however these options did not give us benefiits of hard partitioning and there were issues with certification and compatibility with oracle… more »
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Real User
IT Infrastructure Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect of the solution is the resource management from the OVM Manager. It makes document management very smooth. The performance is excellent.

What needs improvement?

I'm still evaluating the product and getting to know it. The only thing I'm finding is that the backup software, which is supporting Oracle's virtualization platform, needs improvement. We're struggling to get a solution that will support my Oracle virtualization environment for backup purposes. I… more »

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

I have experience with Hyper-V, VMware, and Citrix ZenServers. The technology is all similar. It's about virtualizing the servers. However, I feel that VMware is much better and much more stable than Oracle VM.

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with Oracle. We're consultants. My advice to other potential users is this: nothing is better than planning. It's much in a better way to start a project. That way, you understand how much it is that you need to have or how many servers you require. It seldom matters when you deploy… more »
Real User
IT Team Lead Planning & Assets at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 03 2020

What is most valuable?

What I like the most is the failover and the quick restore of virtual machines. The interface is quite user-friendly. They are easy to use.

What needs improvement?

Based on my experience, I don't do enough to actually dislike any of the features that I use. When deploying machines, we had a couple of issues, where it took up two to three times before it ran with no issues. Integration with cloud products would be beneficial. At the moment, a lot of companies… more »

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

In regards to pricing, a lot of that is dictated. The tools and technology that we use are dictated by a global engineering team based in the US. Because it's one shop fits all, for a big corporation, or a big company like us if they say we have to use VMware, then we've got global partners, and we… more »

What other advice do I have?

Oracle has always been one of the best database software on the market, and that's from at a corporate level. We used to use SQL in the past, and we've moved away from SQL in a lot of ways. So, I would definitely recommend Oracle based on its stability, the support it provides and being reliable. I… more »
Real User
Sr. Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 06 2020

What is most valuable?

I really appreciate the stability of the solution. It's quite reliable. There's a lot of space to customize the solution if you need to.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs more features and flexibility in terms of communicating with other platforms. If it had that, it would be the perfect product. If there was an option that made customization easier, it would make for a better solution… more »

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

I'm on the technical side of things, so I don't deal with the licensing part of the business. I'm not sure what the costs are. It doesn't concern my day-to-day.

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

We had to switch from a different solution to Oracle. We're an Oracle partner in our country. We have a sister company, which is also a partner of Oracle. Previously, we were on Citrix. It is an open-source platform.

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with Oracle. We are actually an IT service provider and an internet service provider. We have a lot of experience with VMware. I'm not the person who updates the solution, so I'm not sure what version it is that we are on… more »
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
Real User
Senior System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 03 2020

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… more »

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… more »
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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.

Oracle VM 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,

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