Oracle VM…


Currently listening to a talk by Wim Coekaerts on Oracle VM. Just a few points of interest:

  • Oracle VM installs directly on the empty hardware, not onto an existing full Linux host install. There is a very small Linux footprint, like the enterprise Xen system and similar to the top of the range VMware stuff.
  • You can run the whole of it on a single box, but you only have a command line interface to configure the VMs. If you want the GUI manager you need to run a separate machine with some Oracle software installed on it (OC4J etc).
  • It’s all open source and free, provided you don’t want support. If you want support you need to pay.
  • Some benchmarks substantially out perform the top of the range VMware stuff, but these are probably never going to get published.
  • It’s going to be available on Wednesday.
  • It sounds cool. 🙂



Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

5 thoughts on “Oracle VM…”

  1. This is a big announcement from Oracle and they will be catching up to VMware. Oracle VM lacks the advanced features of Vmware like DRS, HA etc. Will need to see how this pans out over a period of time.

  2. Not Zen, Xen!

    This will be interesting to watch, certainly… To me the big open questions will be how well it hosts non-Linux OS’s (i.e. Windows) and how well they can enable things like migration for VMWare VMs. It’s early enough in the day that VMWare doesn’t have big vendor lock-in in the datacenter. Customers already using other Oracle technologies are bound to at least give this a look.

  3. Hi.

    Whoops. Sorry, I corrected it. 🙂

    At the moment it doesn’t run Windows as well as Linux. I does work, but not a fast as Linux. At the start of next year some libraries are being released to sort this, allegedly.

    VMware ESX images can be converted using qemu-img on the Oracle VM cd. This has bee around for some time to do convert VMware images to Xen.



  4. Dear Tim,

    I was wondering for some Oracle stuff. I found ur blog in the run. Well everybody is talking about Oracle VM and I even don’t what VM is all about; leave Oracle VM aside. Can you explain it………….

  5. Hi.

    VM is short for Virtual Machine. What this means is you can take a single big server, and partition it up to act like several smaller servers. This can result in substantial cost and power savings compared to running lots of little servers.



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