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Why would I recommend Oracle VM to a client instead of Hyper-V or VMware?

Learn why Oracle VM would be chosen over Hyper-V or VMware and read an expert's recommendations for implementing Oracle VM.

Why would I recommend Oracle VM to a client instead of Hyper-V or VMware?
While Oracle is a new entry in the VM world, the main reason I recommend Oracle is its low support costs ($499/year) and the fact that Oracle VM can be used to host its own applications, i.e. Oracle Application Server and Oracle Database 10g. As database servers do not traditionally perform well while hosted in a virtualized environment, I recommend extensive load testing to ensure that Oracle 10G will meet the SLAs in a virtualized environment.

That said, it's clear that the No. 1 reason an enterprise would prefer Oracle VM over the alternatives is because they have other Oracle products in the enterprise. Most other enterprises will stay within the familiar territory provided by its current virtual server software provider, despite the fact that Oracle boasts that its virtualization software is three times as efficient and a fraction of the cost of TCO than its competition. Oracle VM does not support Windows Server 2008 yet.

This was last published in July 2008

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Thank you for your insightful answer. Your readers may also find real user reviews for Oracle VM on IT Central Station to be helpful: https://goo.gl/Qby3ny.

As an example, this ATS-Database Lead writes, "The biggest benefit is being able to license Oracle products (especially the DB) based on the number of CPUs actually used rather than all the CPUs on the box as you have to do with VMware. This results in a lot more flexibility in the sizes of servers you can buy and how you plan for future growth. If you had to buy all Oracle licenses for every CPU, you might get a smaller server to start with and that doesn’t really help with expansion." You can read the rest of his review here: https://goo.gl/5XuBIY.
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