How does VMware affect an Oracle estate?

Licensable environment could increase dramatically.

When additional physical servers are added to an environment and VMware used to manage this extended platform. Oracle may insist that all physical hosts need licensing.

Your current Oracle estate may be under-licensed.

Deploying VMware could make the wider physical environment available to Oracle software, leading to a potentially underlicensed scenario that could carry a heavy penalty.

Oracle and VMware Webinar

Learn how Oracle licensing can be affected by VMware.

This webinar provides an explanation of partitioning and virtualisation concepts, the affect VMware can have on an Oracle estate and recognising potential VMware platforms. Also covered is Oracle’s definition of Data recovery deployments and how VMware can impact these environments.

Oracle’s Partitioning Definitions

Hard-partitioning:

  • Segments a server by taking a single large server and separating it into distinct smaller systems
  • Each separate system acts as a physically independent, self-contained server with its own CPUs and infrastructure
  • Examples include: Physical Domains, Solaris Zones / Containers and more

Soft-partitioning:

  • Segments the OS using OS resource manager
  • The OS limits the number of CPUs where an Oracle DB is running
  • Flexible method of managing data processing
  • Examples include: VMware, Affinity Management and more

Recognising VMware Environments

Clustered servers:

Multiple physical servers may underpin a virtual platform for high-availability

  • How many physical servers are in the platform?
  • Do the physical servers underpin a connected, virtualised platform?
  • What virtualisation technology is being used?

Multiple Environments:

Production, Data Recovery (DR), Testing, Development, UAT etc.

  • How many physical servers are in the platform?
  • Do the physical servers underpin a connected, virtualised platform?

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