Just a couple weeks after the latest maintenance release 4.1.2 of Oracle Virtualbox on the middle of August, fixing lots of stuff in the popular desktop virtualization platform, Oracle today release the long awaited new version of Oracle VM, version 3.0.
While Oracle Virtualbox enables desktop or laptop computers to simultaneously run multiple operating systems, allowing users to get the most flexibility and utilization out of their PCs, Oracle VM provides a professional server virtualization and management solution. As companies focus on delivering complete solutions, virtualization can help them transform the datacenter—moving beyond server consolidation to improving application deployment and management.
Let me hit you with some quick highlights for Oracle VM 3.0, announced today:
- All the management you really need to support your entire data center: Network management, storage management, dynamic resource scheduling (triggered on network not just CPU!)
- An even more scalable server: Support for 128 vCPUs per guest VM vs. 32 vCPUs for VMware.
- A more scalable budget (your’s): Save about $2.5million dollars over 3yrs vs. VMware (license + support. See configuration details below but their pricing is here).
And that’s just the beginning. The definition of what represents “value” in a virtualization solution just changed. Oracle has been focused on delivering an increased feature set at the same price ($0 license, pay only for support) while others have been focused on delivering increased pricing (though perhaps “focus” is not the right word here).
Since the day of its creation Oracle VM was focused on exceptional price: performance and scalability. That focus continues, hence the support for 128 vCPUs and up to 160 physical CPUs, but with Oracle VM 3.0, we’re introducing a massive set of enhancements to manageability and ease-of-use that will transform the way you can think about your options for deploying Oracle VM: Now you get not-only exceptional price:performance but also all the management features you really need to deploy Oracle VM across your entire data center and not just for your Oracle software. In the past, Oracle VM required some configuration from the manager and some configuration at each individual server, which meant a little more work to get going and to maintain things in very large environments. For some customers, this meant they mainly focused on doing that only for their Oracle applications and directly related things, but not much beyond that.
But no longer.
With Oracle VM 3.0, everything is done centrally from the management server: discovery, server-, storage-, and network set-up all from a browser (no client software required, no logging in to each individual servers). And then, once you’ve got it set-up, it has a rich feature set for managing and maintaining your environment:
- Dynamic resource scheduling to load balance across server pools based on network (and CPU): trigger live migration (migration of running VMs) based on CPU and/or network load. Note that I think triggering DRS on network load is a first amongst the major vendors anyway. This capability combined with one of our network management features that allows the separation of different traffic types onto different, independent networks (e.g. separate guest IP traffic from storage traffic and others) means that you can trigger live migration to occur over a dedicated live migration network based on hitting a load threshold on the guest IP network. This separation is important because if you start a live migration over a shared network that is already overloaded, you risk making things worse. But we make it better instead. Very important for enterprise loads that are very I/O intensive
- Dynamic Server Power Management: automatically power-off underutilized servers without disrupting your applications; power them back-on when needed.
- Comprehensive Event Logging: Event logging sometimes sounds like something pretty boring, but its not. It’s really not. Just ask any admin trying to track down a change in the environment in the middle of the night whether he or she thinks they’d like to have access to event logs that can tell you basically anything that triggered, who did it, and whether it succeeded or failed and why and I’m very sure they’d say “yes please”. And we put this all nicely available centrally in the UI in calendar form: click a date on the calendar to see what happened in the environment instead of having to dig through a bunch of obscure logs that you need to “tail” to try to understand what happened.
There is so, SO much in 3.0 but it is better that you check it all out and get to find out about Oracle VM 3.0 on your own.
For further information checkout the following
- White paper: Application-Driven Virtualization (PDF)
- White paper: Oracle VM 3.0: Architecture and Technical Overview (PDF)
- Data sheet: What’s New in Oracle VM 3.0 (PDF)
- Data sheet: Oracle VM 3.0: Supported Configuration Maximums (PDF)