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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM PowerVM vs. Oracle VM and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"Active Memory Sharing dynamically reallocates memory of running partitions based on changing workload demands. The memory for the pool is carved out from Physical memory and is made logical memory. The said memory is not available to be assigned to partitions as dedicated memory. A min, max and desired as well as weight is assigned to the memory of each lpar to help hypervisor make a decision in case a condition where priority is to be given to a certain lapr to use the memory form shared pool.""It's in English, so its exceptional qualities make the control environment more flexible, easier, more stable, and easy to recover after issues.""The stability is the most valuable aspect of this solution. IBM is the most powerful and stable platform.""The most valuable features in this solution are you do not get degradation in the performance like you could get in other solutions. There is a physical adapter that is better than a virtual one and you can assign adapters to a VM.""The most valuable feature is the flexibility in terms of managing the hardware resources such as RAM, CPU, and the network.""It's scalable. Whenever we buy another product other than hardware, it's easily integrated into the virtualization software that we download.""A valuable feature of PowerVM is a feature that is used for higher availability plus stream for posting, which is very useful. There's a flash copy feature which we are using. PowerVM itself, I know, helps us to control and manage our Oracle licensing compliance, since it is our hardware partitioning. This is very important. If you use VMware, there will be a licensing issue. This PowerVM is a hardware partitioner, which is very important for license compliance. We are happy with this solution.""The case fileserver on the web server is the most valuable feature."

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"The cloning is a great feature and live migration is very easy.""The solution is very stable. I don't recall any bugs or glitches. It's reliable. It doesn't crash or freeze.""It's a very flexible solution because you have all the commands that you can do yourself.""Its ease of management and simplicity are most valuable. It is free, and you can provision an unlimited number of VMs at no cost for clients. They also provide perfect support.""The ability to live migrate VMs on the fly from one hypervisor to another has been very useful.""The solution is easy to use. You can spin one up when you need to and then shut it down.""There's a lot of space to customize the solution if you need to.""Oracle is probably the best database technology out there. I've never found anything as complete in terms of feature and functionality and sophistication."

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"The interface is not user-friendly in places, so it could use some improvement.""The performance should be improved.""To make it a ten, I would like for them to add automation and configuration tools in order to help use the manager.""I don't know whether this has been trialed already, but IBM should give us an alert when we reach seven or eight failovers so that we can automatically switch it to manual mode. That would be great because if we cross the 10-day licensing limit, we have to pay a hefty license cost to Oracle. If IBM could view that feature, it would be helpful in license compliance.""The licensing could be better.""A GUI version of VIOS would be a great plus for people moving from Intel-based hypervisors.""I would like for IBM to be more focuses on the cloud.""This solution is lacking the ability to have servers act as a cluster, such as in VMware. IBM has come out with a feature similar to VMware's vCenter but it is not as mature. They need to add LPM shared-nothing feature, such as in vMotion."

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"If you do a gap analysis between VMware and Oracle VM, you can't do VM Snapshot. That's one thing you can't do. It's a sort of a snapshot, but it's not really Snapshot technology. It requires that you're running on CFS-2.""The solution needs more features and flexibility in terms of communicating with other platforms. If it had that, it would be the perfect product.""I've found that using Oracle VM is like stepping back in time. It's not kept up with technology. The only reason anyone uses it is that they're afraid of Oracle's licensing. Oracle has a tremendously bad licensing approach.""Oracle VM should be more feature-rich.""You need to have a model for documentation available for the users. Right now, if you have to search for some troubleshooting, you need to have Oracle login. Many personnel might not have that login. The reach, the availability of information to the end-user, is not there.""Deployment should be simplified.""Integration with cloud products would be beneficial.""The solution is at its end of life and is about to be discontinued."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price varies from case to case and you have to negotiate it for every project."
  • "The license cost is bundled with IBM Power Systems as it is limited to RISC-based IBM systems only."
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  • "Oracle VM is free if you are running it on Oracle infrastructure hardware, otherwise, it is subscription-based."
  • "Licensing costs are less for Oracle Linux and for clients moving to the Oracle Cloud, as it is included in the price of the subscription."
  • "I recommend this for any customer wanting to reduce their licensing costs for packaged applications."
  • "If you choose Oracle hardware, then this virtualization software is included along with support."
  • "We were able to deploy our solution at near zero cost compared to other vendors since the licenses come with our Oracle hardware."
  • "With having a global contract, we get some discounts."
  • "All other vendors are selling their licenses to use the VM, but Oracle isn't doing that, which is its biggest advantage. It is free. All you have to do is get the hardware. You can create an unlimited number of VMs for free. With VMware, you have to purchase licenses for the number of VMs that you want to create. You only pay for their premium support, and even that is optional. I am now learning this product, and we can even do without the support."
  • "Oracle is free of charge, although you have to have a subscription for the support."
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    Questions from the Community
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    IBM Power hardware is designed to maximize I/O while still providing flexibility when it comes to virtualization. When running IBM Power hardware, vs another vendors hardware, the same hardware… more »
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    The most valuable features in this solution are you do not get degradation in the performance like you could get in other solutions. There is a physical adapter that is better than a virtual one and… more »
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    The pricing is too high. there are other options on the market that are priced at less of a cost. IBM needs to begin to compete with them a bit more.
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    I would prefer if KVM was easier to scale and not so limited. Overall the product has been helpful. It is easy to use, and was quite straight-forward to set up. Since I have been using KVM, I have not… more »
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    Oracle VM seems to me to be kind of outdated. Nevertheless, it is fairly straightforward to use and maintain. The solution can just be set and you can forget about it, and the scalability is… more »
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    The solution is easy to use. You can spin one up when you need to and then shut it down.
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    PowerVM
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    Overview
    Power is server virtualization without limits. Businesses are turning to PowerVM server virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.

    Oracle VM for x86

    Oracle VM for x86 is a Xen based server virtualization platform for public and private cloud and traditional on premise deployment. Oracle VM offers full lifecycle and application deployment from disk to cloud.

    Designed and optimized for security, efficiency and performance Oracle VM supports major hardware vendors x86 and storage platforms and can run workloads on Linux, Windows and Oracle Solaris. Uniquely for our virtualization platform it offers live patching via Ksplice enhancing security and minimizing service disruption. Oracle VM supports hard partitioning which can significantly reduce software applications licensing costs.

    Oracle VM for SPARC

    Oracle VM for SPARC is a firmware based virtualization platform for Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC based servers running Solaris. Oracle VM supports hard partitioning which can significantly reduce software applications licensing costs.

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    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM PowerVM vs. Oracle VM and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM PowerVM is ranked 10th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews while Oracle VM is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 16 reviews. IBM PowerVM is rated 8.8, while Oracle VM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM PowerVM writes "Faster performance per core without increasing Oracle license compliance and better scalability ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle VM writes "Good documentation and a simple setup but has a terrible licensing structure". IBM PowerVM is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, Proxmox VE and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas Oracle VM is most compared with KVM, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV. See our IBM PowerVM vs. Oracle VM report.

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