Oracle VM Server for x86

Oracle VM Server for x86 is the server virtualization offering from Oracle Corporation. Oracle VM Server for x86 incorporates the free and open-source Xen hypervisor technology, supports Windows, Linux, and Solaris[3] guests and includes an integrated Web based management console. Oracle VM Server for x86 features fully tested and certified Oracle Applications stack in an enterprise virtualization environment.[4]

Oracle VM Server for x86
Developer(s)Oracle Corporation
Stable release
3.4.6 / 30 November 2018 (2018-11-30)[1]
Written inC
Operating systemLinux kernel
PlatformIA-32, x86-64
TypePlatform virtualization
License
  • Server: GNU GPL
  • Manager: Proprietary (redistributable freeware)
[2]
Websitewww.oracle.com/us/technologies/virtualization/oraclevm/overview/index.html

Oracle VM Server for x86 can be freely downloaded through Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.[5] Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle VM 3.4.6 at 30th November 2018.

Components

  • Oracle VM Manager: web based management console to manage Oracle VM Servers.
  • Oracle VM Server: includes a version of Xen hypervisor technology, and the Oracle VM Agent to communicate with Oracle VM Manager for management of virtual machines. It also includes a minimized Linux kernel as Dom0.

Versions

  • 3.4.6 - November 30, 2018[6]
    • Updated Xen hypervisor
    • Update to the dom0 kernel
    • Security and patch updates for Oracle VM Server for x86 packages
    • Security and patch updates for Oracle VM Manager components
    • New User-Defined Validity in Months Option for Self-Signed SSL Certificates
    • New Option to Change the Location of a Running Virtual Machine
    • Increased Virtual CPU Configuration Limit for HVM and PVHVM
  • 3.4.5 - June 7, 2018[7]
    • Support for Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC) for better Oracle Database performance
    • A new Fiber Channel storage refresh option with Oracle generic storage plugin deployments
    • A new Balance Server start policy to complement the Best Server policy
    • Increased performance for Microsoft Windows guest operating systems
    • Support for TLS1.2 as the default connectivity protocol
    • Update to the dom0 kernel
    • Updated Xen hypervisor
    • Security and patch updates for Oracle VM Manager components
    • Security and patch updates for Oracle VM Server for x86 packages
  • 3.4.4 - August 25, 2017[8]
    • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 (UEK R4)
    • Server package updates
    • Security updates for Manager components and Server packages
    • Updated Xen hypervisor for improved throughput and IOPS performance
    • Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016
    • Support for Skylake processors
  • 3.4.3 - May 12, 2017[9]
    • The ability to run Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) with the Oracle VM Windows PV Driver 3.4.2
    • Enhanced RAID functionality, with support for software RAID devices
    • Manager performance and supportability enhancements
    • Simplified UEFI PXE boot process for Oracle VM Server for x86
    • Updated Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 and updates to other server packages
    • Security updates for manager components and server packages
  • 3.4.2 - September 2016[10]
    • Includes an updated DOM0 kernel based on the 4.1 mainline kernel via Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4 update 2.
    • Adds NVME support, extended SCSI support in the guest OS, numerous performance improvements in the host and guest OS, Oracle VM manager performance and scalability improvements, and security improvements.
    • Extended SCSI functionality available for virtual machines
  • 3.4.1 - April, 2016[11]
    • Support for Oracle VM Virtual Appliances
    • Automated installation of VNC and Serial Console software
    • Storage live migration
    • User interface enhancements for virtual disk allocation
    • Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support
    • Booting from UEFI
    • Dom0 kernel upgraded
    • Increased supported limits
    • Improved performance

Resource limits

As of version 3.4.6, Oracle VM Server for x86 can take advantage of up to 384 CPUs (Tested) / 2048 CPUs (Designed), 6TB RAM per server and can host a maximum of 300 VM per server.
VCPUs per VM: 256 (PVM) / 128 (HVM, PVHVM) VMs per server, 1 TB RAM[12]

See also

References

  1. "Announcing Oracle VM Release 3.4.6".
  2. "Oracle VM Server for x86". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  3. "Oracle VM Server Release Notes, Release 3.2.1". Oracle Corp. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  4. "Oracle VM". Oracle Corp. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
  5. Welcome to the Oracle E-Delivery Web site for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  6. Priest, John. "Announcing Oracle VM Release 3.4.6". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  7. Priest, John. "Announcing Oracle VM Release 3.4.5". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  8. Priest, John. "Announcing Oracle VM Release 3.4.4". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  9. Priest, John. "Announcing Oracle VM Release 3.4.3". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  10. Priest, John. "Oracle VM 3.4.2 Released!". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  11. "Oracle Announces Oracle VM 3.3". Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  12. Oracle VM Release Notes for 3.4.6
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