RE: Oracle on Virtual Machines

From: Subbiah, Nagarajan <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 10:14:56 -0400
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Hi Donald, Thanks. If we have the 4 Quad Core VM Host on Intel x86 platform, once you purchase the 8 CPU license using Oracle Licensing Metric multiplier (0.5/core for Intel) then we can have any number of VM with the any number virtual CPUs. OR for every VM's virtual CPU, you need to buy the license for.

Oracle VM is similar to VMWare? Does it have all the features of VMWare (especially Vmotion)?

Though the SQL server is out of the scope for discussion, Any cons you have found of using SQL Server VMs combining both development,test and production in a single physical server assuming enough hardware resources are in place. We are looking at the options for SQL Server as well to consolidate 10s of SQL Servers.


-----Original Message-----

From: Freeman, Donald [] Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:58 AM
To: Subbiah, Nagarajan; Subject: RE: Oracle on Virtual Machines

There should be a long discussion on Oracle on VM in the May archives. Oracle discourages the use of VMWare through licensing restrictions which it does not apply to itself if using Oracle VM. You have to buy a license for every CPU on the VM host whether or not you are using it. I think the Oracle VM uses a config file to set the number of CPU's that Oracle uses. We don't have any production Oracle VM's but have some development on VM clusters. We have a lot of production SQL Server VM's.

Donald Freeman
Database Administrator II
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Health
Bureau of Information Technology
2150 Herr Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103  

-----Original Message-----

[] On Behalf Of Subbiah, Nagarajan Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:20 AM
Subject: Oracle on Virtual Machines

Hi List,

Does Oracle support running the Oracle databases on VMs using SAN? Oracle also has something called Oracle VM. How does it different from Vmware solutions?.

Also, Looking to move the hardware from HP PA RISC architecture to x86 using Linux. What is the equivalent of 4 Dual Core PA8900 processeors compared to the HP Machines especially DL-G Series.

Any one has any experience of running production and development on same VM host; Assuming enough hardware resources in place any pros/cons of sharing the prod and dev on the same VM host?

Thanks in Advance.


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