So I came across this article last week on Oracle VM and how companies are trying it and how it’s, and I’m quoting here “not half bad”
If I ever come out with my own Enterprise level software and have a couple of public releases under my belt and the best thing I can get in the press is “not half bad”, shoot me. Seriously. That’s embarrassing. Even if you do offer it for free.
So let’s look past the headline and see what the article has to say, shall we?
First sentence “Oracle’s continued refusal to support its applications virtualized on something other than the Oracle VM hypervisor has forced the hands of some users, pushing them to try the Xen-based virtualization offering.”
It’s this sort of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) spreading that’s one of the things I dislike about our industry. Let me be completely clear ORACLE FULLY SUPPORTS ITS APPLICATIONS VIRTUALIZED ON SOMETHING OTHER THAN ORACLE VM HYPERVISOR. Don’t believe me? Check out Metalink My Oracle Support note 249212.1 – Support Position for Oracle Products Running on VMWare Virtualized Environments. Here’s the first paragraph
Oracle has not certified any of its products on VMware virtualized
environments. Oracle Support will assist customers running Oracle products
on VMware in the following manner: Oracle will only provide
support for issues that either are known to occur on the native OS, or
can be demonstrated not to be as a result of running on VMware.
Did you know your Cisco switches aren’t certified by Oracle? Your DELL servers aren’t certified by Oracle either.
Very very rarely does Oracle certify another vendor’s hardware products. Certify != support. Oracle support’s your installation of Oracle productions on VMware just fine. They take the very reasonable point of view that they’ll help you until they come to believe the issue is VMware at which point they’ll refer you to VMware support. Seems completely rational to me.
I’ve been an Oracle Apps DBA running Oracle products under VMware for about 4 years. I have never had Oracle not help me because I run many of my environments under VMware. I’ve spoken with numerous other Oracle DBAs running Oracle products under VMware. None of us have ever had an issue where Oracle wouldn’t support our environments because we were running under VMware.
I’ll address the rest of the article in another blog post shortly, but seeing this FUD still slung about makes me too annoyed to write coherently.