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Oracle on Xen: Ambigous information - Metalink vs. SAP notes

Note 1173954 - Support of Oracle for VMWare and XEN states:

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Oracle is not certifying any of its products on XEN and VMWare virtualized environments.
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but Metalink 563608.1 states

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As the Xen kernel is shipped by the Operating System Vendor, and it is not tainted, it is fine for Oracle, and it is certified to be used.
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Can anyone please elaborate what is correct?

Markus

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    Posted on Jul 25, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Hi Markus,

    the SAP note has been written by the Oracle development support at SAP. These are Oracle guys.

    So for SAP customers this is the current state of affairs.

    Anyhow, Metalink 563608.1 is about Oracle 11g which is not even released for SAP yet. Also it has not been reviewed yet - so it may be subject to change.

    More information are also available in Metalink 249212.1 (VMWare usage).

    Anyhow, since SAP is moving strongly towards supporting virtual environments now for quite some time, I would assume, that XEN Support will be given also for Oracle platforms sooner or later.

    But for now: better don't use it for production systems.

    Best regards,

    Lars

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    • Hi Lars,

      > the SAP note has been written by the Oracle development support at SAP. These are Oracle guys.

      > So for SAP customers this is the current state of affairs.

      Thank you for clarifying this up.

      > Anyhow, Metalink 563608.1 is about Oracle 11g which is not even released for SAP yet. Also it has not been reviewed yet - so it may be subject to change.

      Oh - yes - oversaw that.

      I just wondered because Oracle offers their "Oracle VM" which is basically an (unbreakable) Linux + XEN...

      Markus

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