Recently I attended a webinar about Oracle virtualization, given by Oracle Linux – product management.
A few highlights of this webinar:
- KVM is included in Oracle Linux 7 with UEK R5 (Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release 5)
- There’s a separate Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager (OLVM) developed, based on Open Source oVirt, available on yum.oracle.com with premier support.
- OLVM 4.2.8 (where does this version number come from….) has the same features as OracleVM 3.4 including snapshot-functionality
- Covered under the Hard Partitioning Policy – that means you can ‘pin’ on cores (but no overfailing allowed in that case), same as OracleVM.
- Integrated in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 (not released yet as I recall).
- OracleVM 3.x Premier Support ends on March 2021, followed by lifetime sustaining support. No mentioning of a next version.
- There are migration paths and tools.
- Advice from Oracle: for existing users, continue to use OracleVM, for new workloads consider Oracle Linux VM.
- Install by using YUM – should be under 10 minutes:
- yum install https://yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/ovirt42/x86_64/ovirt-release42.rpm
- yum install ovirt-engine
- Run the engine setup command
- Answer 15 question
Below also some slides. For specific questions regarding OracleVM on engineered systems (e.g. ODA) Oracle advised us to contact the engineered systems product-group.
The switch to KVM is quite understandable, and it means less effort for Oracle to maintain a separate product like OracleVM- except perhaps for the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. For customers it means unfortunately another change in their Oracle environment.
– Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager: http://yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/ovirt42/x86_64/index.html
– Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager: http://yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/ovirt42/extras/x86_64/index.html