Blog | Jul 18, 2013

Leveraging Virtualization Technology?

In the world of virtualization there are many different technologies to choose from to meet your needs. Two in particular are Oracle VM and VMware.

The aim of writing this blog is to familiarize the reader with these virtualization technologies and help weigh different options to make the best choice.

VMware and Oracle VM are two of the least expensive platform independent virtualization technologies or hypervisors in the market today. Currently, both the technologies are playing a major role in meeting the hosting and cloud services needs of organizations.

The applications you are running will help determine what VM solution to make part of your infrastructure. On the Oracle VM (OVM) platform Oracle software can be licensed by virtual CPU (if specific cores are allocated), creating an advantage to OVM for running Oracle software.  Oracle VM also has many Oracle prerequisites already configured, which helps save time during the deployment of your Oracle  system.

If the Oracle applications are not a consideration for your environment, you can take a look at leveraging VMware.  VMware was the first to introduce live migration, called vMotion in VMware, allowing for the ability to move running virtual machines from one host server to another, free of any interruption. VMware also offers Storage vMotion, enabling the migration of running virtual machines disks from one vSphere datastore to another without interruption to the virtual machine.

For being both cost and user friendly, VMware & Oracle VM have gained huge popularity amongst the small and the mid-size organizations.

Other virtualization options in the market place can be very time-consuming and cost more to procure and deploy. Many require a specific processor architecture and cannot run on the less expensive x86-64 based hardware that VMware and OVM can run on. For optimum resource utilization and capacity planning, VMware and Oracle VM technologies are seen to work better than other contenders in the virtualization market.

Many organizations have not switched from their current technology platforms fearing downtime and costs involved in migrating. However, the trend is slowly changing and many organizations, including large Fortune 500 companies, are migrating their production environments to VMware and Oracle VM. This change in trend is positive as implementing the new technology is helping organizations manage their CAPEX costs and accelerate their business initiative roadmaps.

Making sure you have the right resources and/or partner involved is also key to making sure you get the most out of your migration to a virtual platform.  You also want to make sure you are getting the proper resource optimization and capacity planning to ensure flawless performance and stability.  Having a 99.9%  uptime requirement for your production environment on the virtual platform should be an expectation and not an exception. Proven service providers will be able to provide these expectations.

The virtual platform is becoming more of the rule rather than the exception.  Technologies are continuing to move forward, data is continuing to grow, so finding the best solution to make it all work in a cost effective manner might seem like a bigger challenge today than it ever has been.  Don’t be scared off by virtualization options, though.  Leveraging this technology, or a service provider that can provide you with virtualized infrastructure via the cloud, can help you stay on track and on budget.