We are pleased to announce Oracle
VM 3.3, Oracle’s
latest server virtualization product. It deliver enhanced ease of use for x86 and
SPARC architectures, improved management features, and expanded support for
both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads, including support for OpenStack—providing
customers and partners with additional choices and interoperability. This
release continues to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and
simplify lifecycle management.
Many customers are using Oracle VM 3 today, Oracle VM help customers virtualize the entire Oracle software stack; in addition, as a general purpose server virtualization solution, Oracle VM runs many non-Oracle workloads as well.
With the latest Oracle VM 3.3 release, the product is getting even better and brings greater customer benefits. New Oracle VM 3.3 highlights:
- Fully supported Web Services API: Oracle VM Manager now
exposes a fully supported Oracle VM Web Services API that offers both SOAP and
REST interfaces to program any action supported within Oracle VM, enabling more
automation and interoperability. See the
Oracle VM Web Services API Developer's Guide
for more information.
In addition, the Oracle VM Manager Web
Interface and the Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface have been rewritten
to use the new WS-API to provide further consolidation and consistency.
New statistics and events model: The statistics and events
model has been entirely rewritten to offer significant performance gains. A
queued job task is in place to monitor the number of generated statistics and
to adjust the threshold automatically during periods where the number of
statistics exceeds the threshold.
Huge Page support: Support for Huge Pages (or Super Pages)
has been added to allow guests, hosted on an x86-based server pool, to take
advantage of this functionality to improve performance and reduce the I/O that
results from page lookups in virtualized environments.
Improvements to guest VM messaging: A change to the Oracle
VM Guest Additions messaging facility to support multiple key-value pairs in a
single message reduces the number of jobs generated within Oracle VM Manager,
resulting in significant performance gains.
security control: Reduces the
number of required open ports to minimize potential access points and security
vulnerabilities. To protect and ensure authorized access to Oracle VM Server, a
certificate-based authentication model has been implemented for Oracle VM Agent
and Oracle VM Manager.
- Virtual machine configuration file view: It is now
possible to view the virtual machine configuration file for any virtual machine
directly within the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface and Oracle VM Manager Command
Line Interface, to provide more transparency for the configuration that is
actually applied to a virtual machine when it is started by the hypervisor.
- New virtual machine console: The virtual machine console
any requirement to install or run software locally on the client computer. This
change reduces complexity and provides a more reliable console tool.
- Management database consolidation: Oracle VM Manager comes bundled MySQL Database
Enterprise Edition, providing automated database backup and integrated tools
for database object consistency checking to improve supportability and
management. It removes the need for an external database as the backend
- Inbound migration Lock: A new feature allows you to
protect an Oracle VM Server from attempts to move or migrate other virtual
machines to that server. This allows you to run selected virtual machines on a
specified Oracle VM Server, and to be certain that no other virtual machines
are started on the server, consuming resources that may be mission critical for
- Improved VLAN support: Simplified VLAN support definition enables
users to specify VLAN interfaces as needed and to define which ports are used
for which VLAN tags, bringing more flexibility to network design.
SPARC virtualization management and availability: Additional storage
types such as Fibre Channel,
ZFS volume, and local disk, in addition to
NFS, can now be directly
assigned to virtual machines
running in a SPARC server pool managed by Oracle VM Manager, offering customers
more choices when choosing storage with Oracle VM Server for SPARC. Furthermore, virtual machine high availability and support for
configuration of redundant I/O service domains improve system availability for
- Oracle VM Server installation partitioning: The Oracle VM
Server Installer now handles all disk partitioning itself, to optimize
installation. Part of this process make sure that only the maximum required
disk space for the Oracle VM Server software is used. Any remaining disk space
is automatically partitioned to be used as a discoverable local disk that can
be used to host a storage repository, or attached to a virtual machine hosted
on the server. This improvement to disk space usage ensures the best possible
use of machine resources. This change is only supported for locally hosted boot
disks and does not apply to SAN disks.
- New guides and improved interface coverage: The documentation
has been restructured to provide more comprehensive coverage.
- Infrastructure changes in Oracle VM Manager: Much of the
technology used to enable Oracle VM Manager has been updated to take advantage
of new features, improved performance and security fixes. Major changes to
these components include: Oracle WebLogic Server and ADF upgraded to 12c; Java
upgraded to version 7; MySQL Database Enterprise Edition upgraded to version
- Infrastructure changes in Oracle VM Server: Major changes
to the underlying technology used for Oracle VM Server on x86 hardware have
been implemented, including: Xen hypervisor upgraded to version 4.3;
Dom0 user space upgraded to Oracle Linux 6; and Dom0 kernel upgraded to Oracle
Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK3). The optimization of the hypervisor and special-built Oracle
Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel has enabled Oracle VM Server the most
scalable x86 server virtualization solution. Oracle VM 3.3
supports up to 240 physical CPU threads and 6 TB memory, and the guest VM supports up
to 128 virtual CPUs and 2,000,000 MB memory. Such scalability limits have been
tested on Oracle’s
Sun Server X4-8 System.
Visit the following resources for additional details:
To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit oracle.com/virtualization.