As you all know, EMCWorld was this week, and I attended. One of the most interesting aspects of the event was the Paul Maritz keynote. Paul Maritz is the new President and CEO of VMware as most of you undoubtedly know as well.
During the keynote, Mr. Maritz said the "o" word, i.e. Oracle. In fact, Oracle was a very prominent feature of his discussion. He presented the results of an OLTP performance benchmark that VMware has done recently. The basic results are as follows:
In my previous post on Oracle's support of VMware virtualization, I pointed out that Oracle is behaving like a monopolist: Attempting to establish control over the entire IT stack, including application, OS, storage and virtualization. Oracle's recent moves in the area of virtualization further demonstrate this trend, potentially benefiting Oracle to the detriment of their customers and the industry.
One issue I am asked about frequently is the Oracle support statement on metalink concerning VMware virtualization of Oracle database servers. I would like to clarify that issue, as much as humanly possible, because the truth, as usual, is far different from the prevailing perception.
In my last post I contrasted the use of Oracle RAC with VMware HA Cluster for creating a database cloud. In that post, I promised to describe further the suitability of the VMware HA Cluster solution as opposed to Oracle RAC. That is the purpose of this post.
There are two areas of concern when evaluating the use of VMware HA Cluster for creating an Oracle database cloud. These are: