Oracle VM Server for x86

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Not to be confused with Oracle VM VirtualBox.
Oracle VM Server for x86
Developer(s) Oracle Corporation
Stable release 3.4 / 24 March 2016; 3 months ago (2016-03-24)[1]
Written in C
Operating system Linux kernel
Platform IA-32, x86-64
Type Platform virtualization
  • Server: GNU GPL
  • Manager: Proprietary (redistributable freeware)

Oracle VM Server for x86 is the server virtualization offering from Oracle Corporation. Oracle VM Server for x86 incorporates the free and open-source Xen hypervisor technology, supports Windows, Linux, and Solaris[3] guests and includes an integrated Web based management console. Oracle VM Server for x86 features fully tested and certified Oracle Applications stack in an enterprise virtualization environment.[4]

Oracle VM Server for x86 can be freely downloaded through Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.[5] Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle VM Release 3.4 in January 2016.


  • Oracle VM Manager: web based management console to manage Oracle VM Servers.
  • Oracle VM Server: includes a version of Xen hypervisor technology, and the Oracle VM Agent to communicate with Oracle VM Manager for management of virtual machines. It also includes a minimized Linux kernel as Dom0.


  • Current stable Release is OVM 3.4.
  • Oracle VM 3.3 had a lot of internal improvements and was released on 2 July 2014.[6]
  • Oracle VM 3.4 released on March 2016 includes an updated DOM0 kernel based on the 4.1 mainline kernel via Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4.
  • The latest release adds improved support of OVF (Open Virtualization Format) meaning Oracle VM appliances can be imported or exported as either a single .ova file or as a set of .ovf and .img disk image files, among other improvements like UEFI boot and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support.

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As of version 3.3, Oracle VM Server for x86 can take advantage of up to 240 CPUs, 6TB RAM per server and can host a maximum of 100 VM per server.
VCPUs per VM: 256 (PVM) / 128 (HVM, PVHVM) VMs per server[7]

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