Oracle Database Appliance Support for OVM Configurations

Carlos Ortiz
Sr. Principal Product Manager

Oracle’s virtualization technology of choice is Oracle Linux KVM (Kernel-based Virtualization Machine), which is the standard hypervisor used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Exadata, and several other Oracle products. Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) will complete the transition from the Xen-based Oracle VM to Oracle Linux KVM in the next major ODA SW release to provide customers with the latest advancements in virtualization technology.

One key question that comes up is regarding support for OVM on ODA and how that is impacted by the end of support for OVM itself beyond March 2021. I want to clarify here that the end of support for OVM in March has no bearing on the supportability of OVM on ODA. However, some key points need to be highlighted concerning OVM on ODA support.

  • ODA SW 19.9 (released Nov 2020) is the penultimate release of OVM on ODA. We plan to release one more ODA SW bundle with OVM, by the end of 2021, and this will be the last SW release of OVM on ODA.
  • There will be no new ODA SW releases of OVM on ODA between Nov 2020-Oct 2021. During this period, customers can manually patch their databases and operating system in case they choose to remain on OVM on ODA (see the Deployment and User’s Guide). ODA customers will continue to receive support for the ODA platforms running OVM, as long as the customer is on a support contract for their Oracle Database Appliance systems.
  • Customers will continue to get premier support on ODA systems running OVM after Oct 2021 but will be encouraged to migrate to KVM as soon as they are able.

We began the transition of the hypervisor technology to KVM starting with the ODA 19.9 release (supported KVM for applications), continued with ODA 19.10 (support Oracle DB running as KVM guests with hard partitioning, but with some limitations) and the transition to KVM will be complete with the ODA 19.11 release.

ODA customers can refer to the following MOS note to get premier support status for their specific platform. Below is a screenshot of the Oracle Database Appliance premier support status table.
MOS Note: List of Supported Oracle Hardware (With Last Ship Dates Announced) (Doc ID 1450710.1)

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