The CPBU user group survey program was started in 2014 with the intention of collecting pertinent and accurate information pertaining to the actual usage of vSphere for both critical and non-critical implementations in a variety of Business Critical Applications and RDBMS disciplines. The program is run by the CPBU as a partnership with “Database Trends and Analysis” and their research division “Infosys”. Joe McKendrick the Chief Data Scientist for Infosys is responsible for managing the survey collection, building and presenting the webinar and writing the report (Linked below). The program is jointly sponsored by VMware and DellEMC. To date the Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) has been surveyed twice. First in 2014 and then in Q2-Q3 of 2016 and the SQLPass organization has been surveyed once in 2016. The data from each of these IOUG surveys is complimentary and highly illustrative towards the expansion of the use of vSphere for all Oracle implementations.

Although it is obvious that the user groups which are the focus of these surveys (to-date IOUG and the SQL Pass organization) are generally more deeply sophisticated in their understanding of the technologies which are the focus of the individual surveys, these groups do provide a statistically accurate microcosm of the greater communities. As in 2014 the survey collected data from a statistically relevant group with standard well-accepted filtering mechanisms. The data collection process was deemed to be compete when the answers being returned “Flattened-out”.

It is accurate to say the the most pertinent data to be derived from the 2016 survey (which both compliments and validates the 2014 survey) focuses on the adoption rate and the acceleration of that adoption rate for critical implementations. The 2016 IOUG survey had a broader focus than 2014 in that it included queries and analysis regarding both Flash Storage and Cloud usage.

The Main takeaway points form the 2016 IOUG Survey include:

1. The perception of increased Licensing and Support costs are the top challenges for organizations seeking to expand the number of Oracle databases and applications being deployed on vSphere.
2. Despite the above conclusion the Survey found that cost reduction is the top benefit reported amongst virtualization users along with greater consolidation and agility.
3. VMware vSphere is the number one virtualization solution in use by Oracle Shops
— 79% use vSphere as their primary solution, over 3X all other solutions combined
— 100% use vSphere in some capacity
4. VMware vSphere for Oracle is expanding:
— 32% plan to expand virtualization within the 6 months
— 47% plan to expand virtualization within the 12 months
— 69% plan to expand virtualization within the 24 months


The 2016 IOUG Survey by DBTA and the respective webinar can be found in a number of locations:

The VMware-DellEMC Microsite for all joint projects
The VMware BCA Homepage Oracle section
DIrect Link to the 2016 IOUG Survey Report
Direct Link to the 2016 IOUG Survey Webinar