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What's Oracle Doing in Virtualization?

Whatever else happens next year, it's going to be interesting to see what the other large IT suppliers besides Microsoft do in virtualization. Oracle is a case in point. The company got into the market last November with Xen-based Oracle VM, a product targeting the company's enterprise Linux base (not the broader market, it's worth noting). It has no licensing cost and some nifty features including free live migration. (The primary cost is for support.) In terms of management, the company offers Enterprise Manager, which, like Microsoft's VMM 2008, can manage both virtual and physical machines.

Oracle VM targets the company's enterprise Linux base of products such as Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, and Oracle PeopleSoft. A few months ago, the company released what it's calling "VM templates" -- basically pre-installed and configured images of enterprise software including Oracle Database 11g and Siebel CRM 8 intended to reduce installation and maintenance costs since customers can simply copy the template to the server being virtualized.

Posted by Tom Valovic on 10/13/2008 at 12:49 PM


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