Re: just a question (virtual machines)

From: gs <>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 21:09:17 GMT
Message-ID: <1GGOl.26697$Db2.15740_at_edtnps83>

Michael Austin wrote:
> gs wrote:

>> My workplace is seriously considering going to virtual machines for
>> most of the servers, including database servers. We are a windows shop
>> and have several VMware servers running test env's now. I am not in
>> favour of running production db's on vm's, but I don't have the final
>> say here.
>> Having said that, I have had many test db's on vms for over two years
>> now and they have been trouble free.. I'm recommending that we take a
>> good look at Oracle's VM if we go this route, but I know I'll hit
>> resistance here too.
>> I haven't had a chance to download and play with Oracles vm yet, so I
>> don't know a lot about it.
>> If you were told you were going to all vm's for database servers,
>> would you be comfortable with VMware or would you fight tooth & nail
>> to go with Oracle's?
> Bottom line is - do you want/need to run in a supported environment or 
> not?  If the answer is "yes" then don't use VMware.

I think Oracles position is that it is conditional support, meaning if it could be replicated on a standalone box then yes.

In this case the db's in question are small enough cloning them to stand alones would not be to onerous, but these are definitely issues I have let them (management) know about.

My preference is Oracles VM, but from what little I know about it I understand it does windows very poorly, and this shop insists on windows database servers. Not the best solution I know, but they sign my paycheck so.. Received on Wed May 13 2009 - 16:09:17 CDT

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