Virtualization

Oracle jumps into virtualization fray with free VM offering

At its OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, Oracle became the latest player to jump on the virtualization bandwagon with the announcement of Oracle VM.

At its OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, Oracle became the latest player to jump on the virtualization bandwagon with the announcement of Oracle VM.

Available  as a free download, Oracle VM is based on the open-source Xen and features both Windows and Linux support, including an integrated Web browser-based management console. It purportedly offers scalable, low-cost server virtualization that is up to three times more efficient than rival offerings. VMware was quick to respond to its latest challenger. Excerpt from eWeek:
"Oracle's introduction of yet another variant of Xen is clearly a response to the significant virtualization industry that VMware has established," said Parag Patel, vice president of alliances at VMware. "The offering does not address the capabilities required to achieve the cost savings and IT simplification that customers are realizing everyday from VMware's Virtual Infrastructure."

Oracle VM is free for download, though 24/7 support comes at $499 per year, per system for up to two CPUs. Support for servers with unlimited CPUs are priced at $999 per year, per system.

If you run Oracle in your company, would you consider switching over to Oracle VM?

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2 comments
paulmah
paulmah

If you run Oracle in your company, would you consider switching over to Oracle VM?

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

At 1000$ per year for 24/7 support small businesses and even home users could happily afford it. I don't know how that compares to other VM support contracts or what home user would require such support but it still sounds pretty reasonable.

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