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Oracle VM for x86 and VMWare vSphere Feature Matrix

I've spent the last three years at Oracle supporting Oracle VM for x86 and one of the most frequently asked questions by customers is “do you have an Oracle VM and VMware feature Matrix?.” Now that I'm no longer an Oracle employee, I'd like to take this opportunity with my very first blog post to introduce you to an Oracle VM for x86 and VMware feature Matrix.

It is important to understand that Oracle, with Oracle VM for x86, is not competing against VMware for their Windows virtualization business. Oracle VM for x86 was designed from the ground up to be the best x86 server virtualization solution for Oracle technology products running on Oracle Linux, Solaris x86 and Windows virtual machines. If you are an Oracle shop looking for a cost effective, x86 Oracle application delivery platform running Oracle Linux, Solaris x86 and Windows virtual machines then Oracle VM for x86 is your best choice. 
Capability
Oracle VM for x86
VMware vSphere
Product Certification and Support
Oracle Product Certification
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Supported by Oracle Support
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Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program
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Key Features
Supported Guest Operating Systems
16
65
Easy Point and Click Administration
 
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System Monitoring
Oracle VM Manager does not offer any monitoring (free). The Oracle Enterprise Manager VM Plug-in (licensed per host) offers monitoring.
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Live Virtual Machine Migration
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Distributed Power Management
 
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Storage Migration
 
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Dynamic Resource Scheduling
 
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Virtual Machine Fault Tolerance
 
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High Availability
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Thin provisioning of virtual disks
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Memory Dedupe
 
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Memory Oversubscribe
 
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Memory Ballooning
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CPU Oversubscribe
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Logical Resource Partitioning
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Centralized Backup
 
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Patch Management for the servers and virtual machine operating systems
 
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Disaster Recovery
 
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Self Managing Test/Dev Environment
 
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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Oracle VDI is a seperate Oracle product that does not support Oracle VM for x86 server or manager
VMware View is a seperate product that uses vSphere as the hypervisor platform.
Storage Migration
 
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Storage Management
 
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Storage Virtualization
 
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Logical Volume Manager
 
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Raw Device Mapping
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Networking Management
 
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Virtual Switches
 
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Virtual Machine DirectPath I/O
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V2V
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P2V
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Virtual Machine Snapshot Management
 
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Support for up to 320 powered-on virtual machines per server
Oracle Recommends running no more than 30 virtual machines per server
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Licensing Fees
 
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Open Source
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Server Capabilities
Native x86-64-bit hypervisor
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Native Intel and AMD Virtualization support
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Standard device drivers
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Up to 128 CPUs or 128 threads
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Up to 1 TB of RAM per host
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Jumbo Frames Support
 
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Fibre Channel, iSCSI, NAS Shared Storage
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Boot from SAN
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Virtual Machine Capabilities
Paravirtualization
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Virtual CPUs
32 vCPU
8 vCPUs
Virtual NICs
Up to 31/PV 8/HVM
Up to 10
Large virtual machine RAM capacity
Up to 510GB memory per guest
Up to 255GB memory per guest
Network I/O traffic management
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Virtual Disk Prioritization
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vCPU Prioritization
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Large Memory Pages

 

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Oracle VM for x86 and VMWare vSphere Feature Matrix

 

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