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Xen vs Oracle VM Server: What are the differences?

Xen: Advancing virtualization in a number of different commercial and open source applications. It is a hypervisor using a microkernel design, providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently. It was developed by the Linux Foundation and is supported by Intel; Oracle VM Server: Open Cloud Virtualization. It is a zero license cost server virtualization and management solution that makes enterprise applications easier to deploy, manage, and support. Backed worldwide by affordable enterprise-quality support for both Oracle and non-Oracle environments, it reduces operations and support costs while increasing IT efficiency and agility.

Xen and Oracle VM Server belong to "Virtualization Platform" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Xen are:

  • Xen 4.10 or Newer
  • Archive
  • Overview

On the other hand, Oracle VM Server provides the following key features:

  • Fully integrated enterprise management from disk to applications to cloud
  • Rapid enterprise application deployment with Oracle VM Templates
  • All Oracle applications are fully certified on Oracle VM Server for x86

Xen is an open source tool with 218 GitHub stars and 158 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Xen's open source repository on GitHub.

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What is Oracle VM Server?

It is a zero license cost server virtualization and management solution that makes enterprise applications easier to deploy, manage, and support. Backed worldwide by affordable enterprise-quality support for both Oracle and non-Oracle environments, it reduces operations and support costs while increasing IT efficiency and agility.

What is Xen?

It is a hypervisor using a microkernel design, providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently. It was developed by the Linux Foundation and is supported by Intel.

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    What are some alternatives to Oracle VM Server and Xen?
    VirtualBox
    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
    KVM
    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
    XenServer
    It is a leading virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures. It is used in the world's largest clouds and enterprises.
    VMware vSphere
    vSphere is the world’s leading server virtualization platform. Run fewer servers and reduce capital and operating costs using VMware vSphere to build a cloud computing infrastructure.
    Proxmox VE
    It is a complete open-source platform for all-inclusive enterprise virtualization that tightly integrates KVM hypervisor and LXC containers, software-defined storage and networking functionality on a single platform, and easily manages high availability clusters and disaster recovery tools with the built-in web management interface.
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