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KVM on ODA X7-2S/X7-2M/X7-2HA, X6-2S/X6-2M/X6-2L

Tammy Bednar
Senior Director of Product Management

Q: Does Oracle Linux include support for KVM?

A: Yes it does! KVM is a feature of Oracle Linux today. Please refer to My Oracle Support Doc ID 417770.1.  And more importantly, Oracle Linux Premier Support is included with Oracle Premier Support for Systems and Engineering Systems, such as ODA hardware support.

Oracle Database Appliance models X7-2S/X7-2M/X7-2HA, X6-2S/X6-2M/X6-2L are including the KVM libraries in the software stack that is deployed on ODA starting with release 12.1.2.11. Available today on My Oracle Support.

In this initial role out of KVM on ODA, you will easily be able to startup the KVM service to create guest VMs to deploy applications. By deploying applications in a guest VM, you can run both databases and applications with isolation capabilities; essentially creating a Solution-in-a-Box with ODA platform. 

With the ODA 12.1.2.11 release, there are just a few limitations.

  • Guest VM OS can only be Linux.  Other OS support will be provided in later releases.
  • Guest VMs do not support Oracle databases to be deployed in them.  We are in the process of certifying databases in a KVM guest VM.
  • KVM on Oracle Linux does not support hard partitioning.  This means that all enabled cores/sockets on the ODA will be licensed for databases and applications running on the ODA using the appropriate licensing metric for the database edition and application.  Capacity on demand for the ODA still remains in effect. For more information on capacity on demand, please review the ODA Licensing documentation here:  http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E86648_01/doc.121/e85590/toc.htm

With the support of KVM, this will add virtualization functionality to the ODA X7-2S/X7-2M/X7-2HA, X6-2S/X6-2M/X6-2L models.  This provides the ability to patch the ODA and the application separately without impact to either stack.  But most importantly, this provides the ability to deploy both the database and application on the same system to create a Solution-in-a-Box. For other Solution-in-a-Box white papers, please take a look at the ODA OTN Learn More tab here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/database-appliance/learnmore/index.html

The ODA team looks forward to creating new white papers to deploy Oracle applications in KVM and working with ISVs and customers to implement your solution on ODA.

Please take a look at the following entries on how to setup KVM on ODA.

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