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Oracle Kills Virtual Iron -- And Now Explains Why

Virtualization watchers have been on tenterhooks waiting to see just what Oracle has planned for Virtual Iron's technology (not to mention Sun's, but I'll leave that discussion for another day). As Keith reported last month in his original, "Oracle Kills Virtualization" post, unconfirmed reports have Oracle ditching Virtual Iron customers. No new licenses. No ongoing support. Not surprising, really.

Virtual Iron has a Xen-based hypervisor, but Oracle already has one of those of its own. What it doesn't have, and desperately needs, is virtualization management -- and that's where the real value in Virtual Iron is for Oracle. A loyal customer base? No biggie. Or is it? We'll know for sure on Tuesday. Oracle is gathering Virtual Iron customers together for a briefing with VP Wim Coekaerts, who "will offer insights into the strategic direction of Oracle VM, as well as additional perspective into the Virtual Iron acquisition and what this means for Virtual Iron customers." Stay tuned...

Posted by Beth Schultz on 07/17/2009 at 12:49 PM


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