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Oracle VM Room for Improvement

JK
President with 201-500 employees

I've found that using Oracle VM is like stepping back in time. It's not kept up with technology. The only reason anyone uses it is that they're afraid of Oracle's licensing. Oracle has a tremendously bad licensing approach.

VMware, in comparison, has got so many different features that you can use in ESXi for example. Oracle is a lot simpler with fewer features.

I find their VM backup features to be somewhat difficult. I wish it was a little easier to back up and clone.

It would be ideal if Oracle could grow to take on VMware directly, in order to foster more competition.

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RK
Chief Executive Officer CEO at IT CROWD S.A.S

The solution is at its end of life and is about to be discontinued. Whatever it is there today, version 3.4.7, that's the last version that will be issued. They are now done with it completely.

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Robin Saikat Chatterjee - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at Tata Consultancy Services
  • ability to use live migration and cpu pinning together would be very useful. for example reserving certain physical cpus on the target system prior tothe live migration for example.
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Robin Saikat Chatterjee - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Oracle Exadata Centre of Excellence at Tata Consultancy Services

Currently, there are some cases when the GUI and the back-end go out of sync. For example, the GUI shows the VM as running whereas it is actually already shut down. This could be improved.

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EA
CTO at Datacell

The user interface of the version that we have requires improvement. They have already improved the user interface by moving away from OVMM to OVM or KVM which uses the oVirt engine and has a completely new feel for the user interface, but we are yet to migrate to that. The new UI is much better and more intuitive.

I would like it to be simple. It is serving all of our needs, and I don't think it is necessary to keep adding. We are able to provision a VM in ten minutes, and provisioning it in five minutes will not have any added benefit.

Just keep it simple.

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Suresh Bora - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Manager & Tech Lead at iConnect IT Business Solutions DMCC

I'm still evaluating the product and getting to know it.

The only thing I'm finding is that the backup software, which is supporting Oracle's virtualization platform, needs improvement. We're struggling to get a solution that will support my Oracle virtualization environment for backup purposes. I just found one on the internet. I was trying to reach out to that team now, to see how best we can use it. However, if Oracle had a solution to this, that would be ideal.

You need to have a model for documentation available for the users. Right now, if you have to search for some troubleshooting, you need to have Oracle login. Many personnel might not have that login. The reach, the availability of information to the end-user, is not there.

There are some articles that are publicly available, but there are some important documents that are not available to the public. You need to subscribe, or you need to have a licensed copy, some subscription with the product.

Any product, at the end of the day, needs support. When the support or the knowledge base or the information is not available or the documentation is not available for any of this, for the person who is implementing this, it's very difficult for them to get used to this product. They will simply move to another product.

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Ngole Ngole - PeerSpot reviewer
Oracle Techno Sales consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Something that could be improved are the snapshots that go in the ZFS Storage. If you want to enjoy Oracle VM, you will definitely want it to go together with ZFS Storage to maximize on the snapshot facility.

In other virtualization like VMware, you can do the snapshot right at the level of VMware itself. You'll get customers complaining that, "We can't take a snapshot just like we do on our normal VMware solution."

I always advise my customers to go with ZFS Storage. If you maybe had a snapshot on the Oracle VM itself, it would make sense.

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Syed Abid Hussain - PeerSpot reviewer
Snr. Infrastructure Architect (Data Centre) at DHA

All features are ok. just need to add performance monitoring tools for all running VMs & reporting facility as well.

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LL
IT Team Lead Planning & Assets at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

Based on my experience, I don't do enough to actually dislike any of the features that I use.

When deploying machines, we had a couple of issues, where it took up two to three times before it ran with no issues.

Integration with cloud products would be beneficial. At the moment, a lot of companies actually have that available with on-premise. 

The security improvement around it, to integrate it with the cloud. It's something that every company is now focusing on. That would be the way to go.

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TS
Sr. Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution needs more features and flexibility in terms of communicating with other platforms. If it had that, it would be the perfect product.

If there was an option that made customization easier, it would make for a better solution.

The solution needs to be more integration capabilities overall.

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RV
Founder and President at a training & coaching company with 1-10 employees

The performance could be better because I need to purchase a lot of CPUs to perform in the workbench.

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JS
Senior System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution lacks a lot of extra key features.

If you do a gap analysis between VMware and Oracle VM, you can't do VM Snapshot. That's one thing you can't do. It's a sort of a snapshot, but it's not really Snapshot technology. It requires that you're running on CFS-2.

There's an overall lack of integration with other software and there is also a lack of integration with backup solutions.

Oracle has stated that they intend to improve the solution. I'm not sure when this will happen, however. It may have been declared end of life, therefore, I can't imagine that they'll actually add to it at this point.

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Emmanuel FOMUDE - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Oracle Database Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

I would like to simplify the processes to implement. When you want to implement Oracle, the steps that you perform could be simplified.

The usage could be easier, and more user-friendly.

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DB
Infrastructure and Security Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

There have been some security issues in the past.

Having even more integration with other products would be an improvement.

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ShitikanthaMohanty - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Managed Services Engineer at kyndryl

There's room for improvement in terms of productivity in Oracle VM, because I find Nutanix has better productivity.

Oracle VM can have future improvements through the addition of newer features.

I'm also looking forward to a newer product version for Oracle VM, including making it compatible with Kubernetes and other modern technologies.

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AQ
Sr System Support Eng at Techaccess Pakistan

They could improve deployment by making the documentation easier. Also, I always find it difficult to mount the image on the Oracle VM. There are a few things that could be improved, features such as mounting and unmounting the images on Oracle VM.

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DC
Manager, IT at a renewables & environment company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I would like to be able to take all our logs and ship them to a corporate site. However, this feature could exist and I just haven't had the chance to explore that.

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