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ORACLE VM VIRTBOX ENT PERP

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ORACLE VM VIRTBOX ENT PERP is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It supports diverse guest operating systems: Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, CentOS, and Microsoft Windows. Valuable Features:* Diverse guest operating system support: 10/10* Secure live VM migration: 8/10* Storage live VM migration: 8/10* High Availability: 10/10* Advanced management for zero extra cost: 10/10* Faster software deployment with Oracle VM templates: 10/10* Virtual Appliance support: 10/10* Rapid VM provisioning and cloning: 10/10* Full Stack management: 10/10It supports diverse guest operating systems: Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, CentOS, and Microsoft Windows.Modern, low overhead architecture based on the Xen hypervisor for leading price/performance. The Xen hypervisor has been improved and included with Oracle VM Server.Speeds application deployment with Oracle VM Templates and virtual appliancesFull Oracle VM Manager command-line interface (CLI) and Web Services API (WS-API) allow greater automation and interoperabilityAdvanced virtualization features including:* Secure live migration* Storage live migration* VM high-availability (HA)* Distributed Resource Scheduler(DRS)* Distributed Power Management(DPM)* Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) and Virtualto-Virtual (V2V) conversion* Full Stack Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager* Ready for OpenStackRoom for Improvement:The only improvement that I want to see is more flexibility in configuring and managing Oracle VM server with a CLI if there is no Oracle VM Manager. Oracle restricts you to managing the Oracle VM server via Oracle VM Manager and not through a CLI on Oracle VM Server.Use of Solution:I've been using it for three years. I've been implementing Oracle VM for x86 across various projects.Deployment Issues:If I face any issues in Oracle VM deployment, with the help of Oracle support I can solve the issue.Stability Issues:The first release of Oracle VM had issues, but now it's stable.Scalability Issues:9/10 - It offers high performance and scalability.Technical Support:You should implement Oracle Database or Oracle Application over a virtualized environment. I recommend that you implement Oracle VM for this reason, but this doesn't mean that Oracle products are not supported over VMware or Hyper-V; it is supported but not certified. It means that if there is any problem with the Database or an application over VMware, Oracle will try to simulate the error on an Oracle VM not on a VMware one. If there is no issue on Oracle VM, they will ask you to contact VMware support.It's the best support ever as you can open one SR across Oracle hardware, Oracle VM Server, Oracle Solaris or Linux, Oracle Database, and any Oracle Application.Cost and Licensing Advice:It comes with zero license cost. Unlike VMware, Oracle VM is free to download, use, and distribute. All you need to pay for is support, and support fees are affordable.As an Oracle pre-sales engineer, when you buy Oracle x86 server, the server cost includes one year support for the following items:* Oracle Solaris & Oracle Enterprise Linux* Oracle VM Server* Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12cOther Advice:We are a gold partner, and we use this product to compete with other virtualization products on the market like VMware and Hyper-V. Its features fit most of our customers.You have to be familiar with hardware and Linux. From my experience in designing and architecting Oracle solutions, most customers implement an Oracle VM environment on Oracle X86 Servers with Oracle ZS3 NAS storage or Oracle FS1-2 flash storage.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My company is an Oracle Gold Partner for hardware. We are specialists in hardware and systems .
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The management console manages resources, virtual machine templates, and virtual machine images. Valuable Features:The integrated web-based management console manages resources, virtual machine templates, and virtual machine images.Improvements to My Organization:It simplifies server management. In terms of server provisioning, it only takes a few clicks of a button and a bit of install automation. The server can be delivered in less than an hour, compared to physical machines.Room for Improvement:With our current OVM Manager version, migrating a VM from one repository to another repository was really complicated, especially editing and manually matching the configuration.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for three years.Stability Issues:For the past three years, most of the issues we encountered were related to hardware issues. Based on our experience, I can say it is stable.Scalability Issues:In terms of the visualization perspective, scaling was not an issue. You can scale without affecting the applications. You can even reconfigure WM hardware specs without affecting the system.Technical Support:I would give technical support a rating of 8/10. Most of the calls I placed with Oracle for support were handled as expected.Previous Solutions:In our current infrastructure, we have both ESXi and OVM Manager.Initial Setup:The initial setup was pretty straightforward. All you have to do is to choose the right options.Cost and Licensing Advice:I was not involved in the procurement phase.Other Solutions Considered:I was not involved in the procurement phase.Other Advice:Based in my experience, I would recommend this product in terms of:* Support* Stability* Scalability* Overall ease of managementDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The management console manages resources, virtual machine templates, and virtual machine images. Valuable Features:The integrated web-based management console manages resources, virtual machine templates, and virtual machine images.Improvements to My Organization:It simplifies server management. In terms of server provisioning, it only takes a few clicks of a button and a bit of install automation. The server can be delivered in less than an hour, compared to physical machines.Room for Improvement:With our current OVM Manager version, migrating a VM from one repository to another repository was really complicated, especially editing and manually matching the configuration.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for three years.Stability Issues:For the past three years, most of the issues we encountered were related to hardware issues. Based on our experience, I can say it is stable.Scalability Issues:In terms of the visualization perspective, scaling was not an issue. You can scale without affecting the applications. You can even reconfigure WM hardware specs without affecting the system.Technical Support:I would give technical support a rating of 8/10. Most of the calls I placed with Oracle for support were handled as expected.Previous Solutions:In our current infrastructure, we have both ESXi and OVM Manager.Initial Setup:The initial setup was pretty straightforward. All you have to do is to choose the right options.Cost and Licensing Advice:I was not involved in the procurement phase.Other Solutions Considered:I was not involved in the procurement phase.Other Advice:Based in my experience, I would recommend this product in terms of:* Support* Stability* Scalability* Overall ease of managementDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 tools. Valuable Features: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 tools, not just Hyperion. We work with different Oracle products such as EBS, OBIEE, and Hyperion and they're all integrated so we don't have to have different physical servers located in our datacenter. What you can do is create different virtual machines in the same physical server and use that for any of our products.Improvements to 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 instead of buying more physical servers. It's just a matter of creating a new virtual machine, which is not a big task for the administration team. Probably within an hour they're able to build up a new server for us, so it's easy, faster and cheaper that way.Room for 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 thing I thought wasn't there and wanted to have, because we are planning to move our Essbase database server from physical to virtual, and I thought it's not going to be easier because you can't just export the physical server and just import everything into the virtual machine. Now the integration is there. You can export the physical server's configuration, their registries and everything, the databases and then just import them to virtual machines. That's the only lacking feature I thought was with VM, but they have included it.It still takes some time and the valuations have to be done by the admin, so it still is taking more time. That's, I think, one of the challenges that we recently had when we were talking to our administration team. The Windows and Linux admins took some time, like a couple of days, to build servers for us, which as far as I think being an IT person, it's a virtual machine. Once you have the image it should be easy enough to import it into the new virtual machine, built up like a snapshot.I think they could make the implementation faster. It's still taking some time, which should be eliminated in the future, I think, and it will be because I've seen a lot of improvement already.Deployment Issues:If deployment could be more faster, that would good, but right now it's fine. It solved my problem of migrating from physical to virtual, so initially I had to reinstall Essbase and it's a big challenge in the Linux machine.Stability Issues:I haven't seen any big issue with the stability. There have been no issues with instability that I've seen.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Initial Setup:Within one day, we had migrated a physical to virtual server and then we had a database working, and it was like seamless transition. We just changed the alias of that machine to whatever the listing server alias name was, and the application picked up right away.Implementation Team:We implemented it with our in-house team.Other Solutions Considered:I looked into vSphere and Hyper-V, and then decided that we could not go with any other non-Oracle virtual technology. It had to be Oracle VM, so that's one thing I wanted to make sure was that we had Oracle VM as a new server, otherwise Hyperion is not going to be supported on non-Oracle virtual servers.For us, the biggest thing I think is the compatibility with all the other Oracle products. We have ERP and EPM and all these reporting tools like BI. The most important factor for us is when you talk about the compatibility of all these different products, it has to have compatibility with dependent operating systems, the servers, the database, Internet Explorer browsers, Java, and all those different tools that are integrated in our system.If we go with any other virtual servers or virtual products, let's say VMware, it is compatible but it's not 100% guaranteed that we'll be supported by Oracle support. Let's say in the future if we have a problem, Oracle support might say we are not able to support because you are using third-party tools. That's the most important factor and advantage over other tools in the market available when we choose to go with Oracle.We just did the upgrade of our Oracle Hyperion, so one thing I learned is we could not go with any other tool because we have all these Oracle products integrated tightly and we cannot just install them on some other non-Oracle products. I think we are also talking about to move from physical to virtual for one of our Essbase databases. Right now it's on Essbase, which is under Hyperion, on a physical server, so again, just to take advantage of the cost and the recovery and the disaster recovery and all those benefits that virtual machine has to offer.Other Advice: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? Let's say for example, the storage and buffer memory and the processor speed for each of your instance for that physical server capable of 100 gigabyte of memory, and then you're trying to build 10 servers out of it that are virtual servers. You need to analyze and review, out of those 10 servers, which server needs more resource and more hard space based on your application growth. That is the key thing that I've seen. Some admins don't pay attention when they're building the package. It really depends on the factor of what tool is going to be implemented on what server. How much space and how much processor speed is it going to need?For example, the Essbase database in Hyperion needs a lot of memory and processing speed. It needs more threads to calculate the data, so for that you need to allocate as much resources as you can as compared to maybe other tools which don't need that much of resources.Planning to build your package for your client for the virtual machine on the physical server is the key thing.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from You will have great flexibility in the x86 world. The product needs to improve the backup and snapshot functionality. Valuable Features:Oracle license compatibility was the deciding factor for us. It's the only way to fulfill the Oracle license policy if you want to virtualize in a x86 environment.Also, Oracle VM performance is one of the best that I've experienced. And the pre-seeded images that Oracle puts at your disposal makes your life really ease, i.e. you can have an Oracle RAC up and running within two hours with the OVM images.Improvements to My Organization:I work in a consultancy, so I've deployed several OVM environments always with great results and high customer satisfaction. We've achieved the goal of being in line with the Oracle license, providing customers with better usage of their resources at better cost.Room for Improvement:The product needs to improve the backup and snapshot functionalities. This is the main disadvantage compared to other hypervisors on the market.Use of Solution:I've used it for at least eight years since version 2.1 was released.Deployment Issues:We have had no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We've never found an instability problem with the hypervisor as it is simply rock solid.On the other hand, the OVM Manager has had some problems and inconsistencies. The best option is to have the OMV Manager virtualized and to recreate it if there are issues as all the relevant info is stored in the hypervisor itself.Scalability Issues:We have had no issues scaling it to our needs.Technical Support:Oracle always works well in terms of support, and if you need extra assistance you can escalate your case, but at the moment I have never had to go so deep.Initial Setup:The hypervisor installation and setup is one of the most simple things that I have ever done. Just boot, select the proper installation method, configure (Linux-like), and you're done.On the other hand, the Manager can be a little tricky, but the newer versions have become much easier. Just set up your OS and pre-requisites, database, and OVM Manager.Implementation Team:I've implemented in my own company for internal use and as consultant engineer, I've performed several implementations for clients.You always can get faster result going with consultancy services as they provide expertise and background from many previous implementations of the product.ROI:The ROI is very fast.Cost and Licensing Advice:OVM has low impact and is licensed on a per-server basis. The cost is very affordable as you only have to pay support.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated VMware, Citrix, Hyper-V, and RHEV. The main feature was the "Oracle License Compliant" and after the wide library of images. The stability and efficiency of the hypervisor was always great therefore the previous mentioned factors comes to decide.Other Advice:It's a great product and becomes better with every release. It is based on the rock solid Xen hypervisor.It's an easy and great product. You can test it for free and you will have great flexibility in the x86 world. Go for it without doubt.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We perform implementations as consultants.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the most intriguing things about Oracle VM is that it's a free enterprise-grade hypervisor. Valuable Features:I think the most intriguing thing about Oracle VM is it's an enterprise-grade hypervisor. So it handles all the virtualization, and it's free. You don't hear the word Oracle and Free a lot, but there's a lot of stuff at Oracle that is free and Oracle VM is one of those.It does most everything that you need in the enterprise for a hypervisor for virtualization. I can run VMs in it, I can do farms of VMs, I can run Linux, I can run Windows, I can run Solaris, I have a lot of choices of operating systems. It does everything that you need it to do for most of your needs for hypervisor.There's a lot of benefits with Oracle VM that I like. I've been working with 3.4.1 which just came out. I've been working that prior to release. There's some features there that they added like Live Storage Migration that is really a key feature for that enterprise ability in the environment. The other thing is how it handles what are called partitions, from a licensing aspect. When I have Oracle licensing challenges that I have with some of the other hypervisors, Oracle VM is able to be configured so I don't have those challenges.Improvements to My Organization:Cloning VMs helps a ton, especially when interface into EM, so users can build their own sandbox environmentnt, complete with WebLogic AND DatabaseRoom for Improvement:What features would I like to see in Oracle VM in future releases? I can think of a ton of them. Some of them are just coming out. Better disaster recovery, though they just introduced a new technology called Oracle VM Site Guard that's helped a lot in disaster recovery. I would like to see better integration to Oracle networking hardware, so that would be nice, the integration between the Oracle physical networking hardware, the S2 switches would be nice for that integration.Use of Solution:For about 5 years nowDeployment Issues:Just issues on my partStability Issues:Not in newer versions, but 3.0.1 had some issues, of course that was years agoScalability Issues:Scalability of the solution, we use it all in our labs and we have some small production use. I also have clients that are using it, not had an issue with scaling systems very large. Getting into server individual pods or pools or servers, 16 nodes, no problem. Getting into farms running thousands of VMs, no problem at all.Customer Service:Great, the few times I have needed it.Technical Support:Oracle technical support for OVM is one of the strong areas I've seen from Oracle support. The support staff are fairly knowledgeable on the product. I haven't had too many issues. When I had the few cases to open up as a port issue where they weren't able to help the surprising thing though with that is I haven't had to call Oracle support a lot for the product. It's a very stable product, very robust product. The number of tickets I've had to open up with Oracle have been minimal since I've been using the product heavily now for the last five years.Previous Solutions:I think it becomes more of a why do you use it situation. One of the things is it's a cost savings. Since Oracle VM is free and the support's free when you have Oracle hardware, you don't have to pay the expense you pay with a lot of these other hypervisor packages out there. It's an immediate cost savings out of the gate. The other times you look at what do you want to run Oracle VM is when you have performance issue. The way it works technically under the covers, the lower level of the hypervisor, the VM runs faster and I get better performance. In small environments it's nice my application runs a little faster unvirtualized. In larger environments, it's actually a bigger deal. Not only do my applications runs faster but because of the efficiency I actually have to buy less hardware.Initial Setup:Up and running with VMs in an afternoon. Easy!Implementation Team:The initial setup for Oracle VM is pretty straightforward. Installing the hypervisor on what's called an OVS, Oracle VM Server takes maybe five minutes and you're up and running. Installing the management software itself, they may take a little longer, maybe an hour for a complete install from scratch before you're up and running, and it's all web based which is really nice. You don't have to have any special clients on it. Often I'll be managing the system either from Windows or even from my iPad.Cost and Licensing Advice:The hard partiton technology really helps with Oracle licensing. For OVM, it's free!Other Solutions Considered:Yes, but non could beat Oracle VM's price!Other Advice:If I have to give it a rating between one and ten I would give it a nine. The reason I would give it a nine is there is some room for improvement with some of the areas in the manager. Some of the integration to the networking layer with the Oracle products would be nice.My recommendation to peers is if you're looking at hypervisors, have an open mind. The market's not just dominated by single hypervisor. Look at the technology out there and give it a fair evaluation of what it's capabilities are.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're partners.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oracle VM was chosen mostly due to licensing issues and it is based on the stable Xen. Valuable Features:It reduces the licensing cost for other Oracle products, and because it's based on Xen, it has no performance problems.Improvements to My Organization:We've been able to use it successfully for deployment of our online application.Room for Improvement:It needs automatic migration that's similar to VMware vMotion. The DRS feature in VMware migrates virtual machines based on the load on the hosts. Oracle VM does not have this feature, and I don't want users complaining about the performance bottleneck due to the load on the host.Use of Solution:We've been using it for three years.Deployment Issues:I deployed it within a week and didn't have any issues with it.Stability Issues:Thankfully, everything was stable in spite of my limited knowledge.Scalability Issues:We had no issues scaling it for our needs.Customer Service:The customer service was good.Previous Solutions:We also use VMware products, which I personally prefer. VMware products are an administrator's dream. They have thought of everything, including DRS, HA, templates, and virtual machine deployment. It is very easy to do all these tasks.Initial Setup:The initial setup was a bit of both straightforward and complex, but it's easy if you know VMware.Implementation Team:I carried out the implementation.Cost and Licensing Advice:It reduces the licensing cost for Oracle products, though I still prefer VMware.Other Solutions Considered:Oracle VM was chosen mostly due to licensing issues and it is based on the stable KVM product of Red Hat.Other Advice:VMware is the best, but for saving license costs for Oracle products, Oracle VM is good and stable.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the most intriguing things about Oracle VM is that it's a free enterprise-grade hypervisor. Valuable Features:I think the most intriguing thing about Oracle VM is it's an enterprise-grade hypervisor. So it handles all the virtualization, and it's free. You don't hear the word Oracle and Free a lot, but there's a lot of stuff at Oracle that is free and Oracle VM is one of those.It does most everything that you need in the enterprise for a hypervisor for virtualization. I can run VMs in it, I can do farms of VMs, I can run Linux, I can run Windows, I can run Solaris, I have a lot of choices of operating systems. It does everything that you need it to do for most of your needs for hypervisor.There's a lot of benefits with Oracle VM that I like. I've been working with 3.4.1 which just came out. I've been working that prior to release. There's some features there that they added like Live Storage Migration that is really a key feature for that enterprise ability in the environment. The other thing is how it handles what are called partitions, from a licensing aspect. When I have Oracle licensing challenges that I have with some of the other hypervisors, Oracle VM is able to be configured so I don't have those challenges.Room for Improvement:What features would I like to see in Oracle VM in future releases? I can think of a ton of them. Some of them are just coming out. Better disaster recovery, though they just introduced a new technology called Oracle VM Site Guard that's helped a lot in disaster recovery. I would like to see better integration to Oracle networking hardware, so that would be nice, the integration between the Oracle physical networking hardware, the S2 switches would be nice for that integration.Scalability Issues:Scalability of the solution, we use it all in our labs and we have some small production use. I also have clients that are using it, not had an issue with scaling systems very large. Getting into server individual pods or pools or servers, 16 nodes, no problem. Getting into farms running thousands of VMs, no problem at all.Technical Support:Oracle technical support for OVM is one of the strong areas I've seen from Oracle support. The support staff are fairly knowledgeable on the product. I haven't had too many issues. When I had the few cases to open up as a port issue where they weren't able to help the surprising thing though with that is I haven't had to call Oracle support a lot for the product. It's a very stable product, very robust product. The number of tickets I've had to open up with Oracle have been minimal since I've been using the product heavily now for the last five years.Previous Solutions:I think it becomes more of a why do you use it situation. One of the things is it's a cost savings. Since Oracle VM is free and the support's free when you have Oracle hardware, you don't have to pay the expense you pay with a lot of these other hypervisor packages out there. It's an immediate cost savings out of the gate. The other times you look at what do you want to run Oracle VM is when you have performance issue. The way it works technically under the covers, the lower level of the hypervisor, the VM runs faster and I get better performance. In small environments it's nice my application runs a little faster unvirtualized. In larger environments, it's actually a bigger deal. Not only do my applications runs faster but because of the efficiency I actually have to buy less hardware.Implementation Team:The initial setup for Oracle VM is pretty straightforward. Installing the hypervisor on what's called an OVS, Oracle VM Server takes maybe five minutes and you're up and running. Installing the management software itself, they may take a little longer, maybe an hour for a complete install from scratch before you're up and running, and it's all web based which is really nice. You don't have to have any special clients on it. Often I'll be managing the system either from Windows or even from my iPad.Other Advice:If I have to give it a rating between one and ten I would give it a nine. The reason I would give it a nine is there is some room for improvement with some of the areas in the manager. Some of the integration to the networking layer with the Oracle products would be nice.My recommendation to peers is if you're looking at hypervisors, have an open mind. The market's not just dominated by single hypervisor. Look at the technology out there and give it a fair evaluation of what it's capabilities are.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're partners.
Date published: 2016-05-31
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