Oracle VM enables data centers to run multiple virtual machines on a single piece of hardware. The bare-metal hardware runs software that enables you to install multiple instances of operating systems that are able to run simultaneously and independently, in their own secure environment, with minimal reduction in performance. Each virtual machine has its own virtual CPU, network interfaces, storage, and operating system. The Oracle VM Server platform is built upon an updated version of the underlying Xen™ hypervisor technology. Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and storage systems are ideal choices for deploying highly reliable virtualization solutions including Oracle VM.
With the release of Oracle VM 2.2 during Oracle World 2009, Oracle has released its latest Xen hypervisor, which adds new functionalities and enhanced performance. Below is a list of what is new with Oracle VM 2.2:
There are a few great documents for deployment of Oracle VM with Dell solutions: Building an Oracle Grid with Oracle VM on Dell Blade Servers and Dell EqualLogic iSCSI Storage WhitepaperBest Practices of Running Oracle RAC 11g with EqualLogic on Oracle VM WhitepaperDeploying Oracle VM on PowerEdge Servers & Dell/EMC Storage WhitepaperAlso, Dell has an extensive write-up on managing Dell systems within Oracle Grid Control:Monitoring Dell PowerEdge Servers with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid ControlMonitoring Dell 9G Servers in Oracle GRID
Disclaimer: Officially, Oracle VM Server isn't on the supported list for the Dell OpenManage agent, however, in our experience, it works. Here's what I did to get it working: 1. Download the latest Redhat version for your server from support.dell.com.2. sftp the file to the Oracle VM Server and extract the files.3. The installation will check the /etcl/redhat-release file for a supported OS version. Before you modify the file I recommend you make a backup copy first: cp redhat-release redhat-release.orig4. I edited the /etc/redhat-release to reflect a supported OMSA distro and replaced the contents with:Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5 (Tikanga)5. Begin the install by running Setup.sh:./Setup.sh6. Once complete run:srvadmin-services.sh start7. Open the firewall by running:system-config-securitylevelSelect 'Customize'Then append "1311:tcp" to the allow incoming/other ports , select OK/OK to exit.8. Open browswer to (Oracle VM Server IP Address):13119. Login with root account and its password.
YouTube video of connecting manager to server: