Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.5 Release

The management of a robust data center requires the utilization of effective tools and platforms. With the introduction of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.5, Oracle has taken its game to the next level by providing a comprehensive set of features and advancements that facilitate the seamless management of data centers. This article will explore the latest Oracle Linux VM 4.5 and what it offers users.

Why is Storware covering this topic?

In line with its strategic shift towards open-source virtualization, Oracle is transitioning from Oracle VM to Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager (OLVM). Storware Backup and Recovery stands out as the only solution capable of safeguarding both OVM and OLVM environments. To ensure comprehensive data protection during this technological transition, companies should adopt Storware, eliminating the need for additional investment in new backup software.

Read more about the end of support for Oracle VM [HERE].

Before diving deep into the 4.5 model, let’s look at how Oracle has introduced and established itself as a leading VM service provider.

How Oracle Starts Virtualization

Oracle’s foray into the virtualization world began in the early 2000s, coinciding with the increased interest in optimizing hardware resources that was prevalent in the business then. The company introduced the Oracle Virtual Machine (VM) in November 2006. This platform was developed to consolidate many applications onto a single server, increasing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Developments Over the Years

Oracle’s virtualization portfolio was further strengthened by the acquisition of Virtual Iron Software in 2009, which enhanced the company’s offerings and expanded its market presence. In 2013, Oracle made considerable progress by combining its virtualization technologies with its additional software stack. This was a huge step forward for the company.

2015 saw the release of Oracle Virtual Machine version 3.4. The primary goals of this version were to improve performance, strengthen security, and provide support for new hardware. Live migration for virtual machines and support for the sophisticated features of Intel CPUs were among the functionalities introduced by this product.

As of 2019, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager was available. By releasing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, Oracle was able to broaden the scope of its virtualization offerings. The purpose of this platform was to offer customers complete tools for managing their virtualization environments. It did this by combining the advantages of Oracle Linux with a powerful virtualization management solution.

With the introduction of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.5 in December 2023, Oracle will continue to demonstrate its dedication to the virtualization of its software. Oracle’s efforts to provide virtualization solutions that are both strong and easy to use have taken another step forward with this development.

Introducing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.5

According to John Priest, Oracle’s director of VM product management, the 4.5 release includes significant improvements, such as expanded support for Oracle Linux 8 KVM hosts and an enhanced foundation based on the oVirt 4.5 release. These components strengthen the platform’s capacity to build, monitor, and administer Oracle Linux KVM environments with unmatched performance.

Key Features

  • Enhanced Monitoring with Grafana 

One of the most notable additions is the integration of Grafana, which provides users with increased reporting capabilities. By utilizing either default or custom dashboards, essential resources within data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines (VMs) may be monitored and trended over time in an efficient manner.

  • Linux 8 KVM Host Support 

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.5 gives users access to more powerful KVM utility versions accessible in Oracle Linux 8 KVM. In addition to ensuring improved performance, the upgraded components of the kvm_utils3 app stream module also assure broader compatibility with the most recent hardware.

  • Exciting Updates from oVirt 4.5 Release 

Incorporating the most recent version of oVirt, which is version 4.5, results in many improvements and bug fixes, improving the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager’s overall usefulness and stability.

More Amazing Features for Users

Aside from the key features, the 4.5 series offers additional user-centric updates. These include:

  • Enhancement of the Snapshot 

Improvements to the effectiveness of snapshot management have been given a significant amount of attention in this most recent release. When it comes to creating, managing, and restoring snapshots within their virtual environments, users may now participate in a more simplified process due to a series of improvements. In addition to making backing up more accessible, these enhancements also make it possible to restore system snapshots more streamlined and effectively if they are required. Users are given the ability to effortlessly maintain the system’s integrity thanks to this feature, which acts as an essential utility.

  • User Interface with New Looks 

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.5 introduces a redesigned user interface, demonstrating the company’s dedication to designing and implementing features centered on the user. An important new part is adding a search box specifically designed for virtual network interface card profiles. As a result of this update, the process of locating and maintaining these profiles is simplified, which contributes to a management experience that is more efficient and organized. Furthermore, introducing confirmation prompts when suspending virtual machines and warning events for various thresholds boosts user awareness. It prevents operational errors, ultimately contributing to a more robust and user-friendly environment.

Upgrade to the Cluster Version

The introduction of the new default cluster version, which corresponds to version 4.7, is one of the most essential improvements that this release brings. In cluster installations, this version represents a significant advancement that promises to bring about increased performance, expanded functionality, and improved stability. Oracle aims to provide consumers with an improved experience by making the upgraded cluster version the new standard. This will ensure that Oracle is compatible with the requirements of modern technology and the achievements that have been made in technology.

Addition of Policy and Parameters 

Users can access a greater variety of management and customization options thanks to the most recent version of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, which includes significant policy and parameter settings modifications. These enhancements give customers the ability to fine-tune scheduling strategies per their particular requirements, enabling an approach to resource allocation and management that is more suited to their specific needs and optimized for efficiency. When it comes to managing the behaviors of virtual machines, users are able to exercise greater flexibility and precision thanks to the inclusion of parameter modifications for console disconnect operations.

oVirt-engine-rename support 

This version has reached a big milestone by moving the overt-engine-rename feature from a technological preview phase to a fully supported and integrated functionality. This transition represents a significant milestone. Oracle is demonstrating its dedication to delivering stable and reliable features, ensuring that activities are carried out without interruptions, and strengthening the platform’s resiliency via this transition. Every one of these features demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to constantly enhancing and perfecting the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager throughout its existence. A more complete, user-friendly, and powerful virtualization management experience is the result of these enhancements collectively. This experience is designed to meet the ever-evolving requirements of modern data centers and businesses.

Performing Installations and Upgrades

The Oracle Linux yum server or the Unbreakable Linux Network are the two methods that make it possible to do a smooth installation and upgrading process for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.5. Access to critical packages that are necessary for installation or upgrades is made easier by the addition of new channels in the Oracle Linux 8 repositories.

Help and Access to Resources

Oracle offers a broad collection of resources, including its Documentation Library and training videos, to users who are specifically looking for support or additional information. In addition, Oracle Linux and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager are both freely available for download and distribution, which makes it simple to obtain system upgrades and bug fixes.

Oracle VM Vs. Proxmox Vs. VMware

Oracle Virtual Machine stands out due to its dedication to innovation, most notably with the new version of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, version 4.5. Through this, Grafana integration is introduced, which improves monitoring for making educated decisions regarding infrastructure. Within the Oracle environment, it is tightly integrated, which guarantees that Oracle applications will have optimal performance characteristics. Furthermore, Oracle’s complete support creates a solid virtualized environment.

Open-source software like Proxmox relies on community-driven innovation. It provides users with flexibility and the ability to customize their experience. For the purpose of simplifying management, its unified platform integrates virtualization (KVM) and containerization (LXC).

Because of its vast feature set, dependability, and performance, VMware maintains its dominant position in the industry, particularly for mission-critical applications. In addition to providing a wide range of functions and administrative tools, its hypervisor guarantees exceptionally high performance. However, the latest developments that Oracle VM has made have strengthened its position as the best option.

While Proxmox is known for its agility, and VMware is known for its performance, Oracle Virtual Machine (VM) has evolved into an integrated, supported, and forward-looking solution, making it an attractive option for businesses focused on Oracle.

Final Thoughts

The release of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.5 exemplifies Oracle’s unrelenting commitment to pursuing innovation. Enhanced monitoring and comprehensive support for Oracle Linux 8 KVM hosts, as well as a multitude of user-centric changes, are just some of the ways this version demonstrates Oracle’s dedication to providing a data center management solution that is both powerful and user-friendly.

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.5 appears to be an appealing solution for customers looking for a dependable and feature-rich platform for on-premises data center deployments. Oracle’s well-known support services support this choice.

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Pawel Maczka, CTO at Storware