Data Management

Oracle Databases on VMware vSphere 4: Essential Deployment Tips

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Executive Summary

Even the most demanding Oracle database workloads can now be virtualized with VMware vSphere and ESX 4 - with greater than 95 percent of Oracle instances matching native performance. This paper provides the essential tips necessary to successfully deploy Oracle on VMware virtual infrastructure to enable database administrators (DBAs) to meet their performance and availability goals. The successful deployment of Oracle on VMware virtual infrastructure is not significantly different from deploying Oracle on physical servers. To paraphrase an excerpt from Dr. Burt Scalzo's book, "98 percent of Oracle database physical tuning and optimization is directly applicable to the virtual world." So, it is essentially a myth that DBAs must relearn their skills in order to deploy Oracle on VMware.

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