Oracle Database Scalability in VMware ESX

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August 13, 2008

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Database applications running on individual physical servers represent a large consolidation opportunity. However enterprises considering such consolidation want guidance as to how well databases scale using virtualization.In this paper we demonstrate that when running multiple virtual machines with Oracle database workloads on VMware ESX, the individual performance remains close to that of the Oracle database workload in a single virtual machine, while CPU utilization scales in a near-linear fashion.This scalability is one of the factors that makes VMware ESX the perfect platform on which to consolidate demanding, mission-critical workloads such as Oracle databases.