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January/February 2008

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Making Virtual Servers a Reality

By Rich Schwerin

Oracle VM delivers faster, lower-cost, scalable server virtualization.

As the volume of information in data centers continues to grow exponentially, IT professionals are faced with myriad challenges: increased hardware, energy, and cooling costs; real estate, facility, and space expansion costs; resource underutilization; and scalability, reliability, and availability issues. Oracle is addressing these challenges with Oracle VM, a new scalable, low-cost server virtualization product that supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications.

"Oracle VM extends Oracle's support for grid computing, by providing the ability to virtualize within as well as across servers," says Edward Screven, Oracle chief corporate architect. "Oracle is the only software vendor that combines the benefits of server clustering and server virtualization technologies to deliver integrated clustering, virtualization, storage, and management for grid computing."

Oracle VM enables customers to increase server utilization through virtual machine consolidation with very little overhead—saving power, floor space, and hardware costs. And with Oracle VM, customers can grow or shrink the physical server resources dedicated to an application, without downtime, through Oracle VM live migration.

With Oracle VM, users can create and manage virtual machines that exist on the same physical server but behave like independent physical servers. Each virtual machine created with Oracle VM has its own virtual CPUs, network interfaces, storage, and operating system.

Support for Multiple Systems

Oracle VM consists of Xen's open source server software and an easy-to-use integrated, Web-browser-based management console for creating, cloning, sharing, configuring, booting, and migrating virtual machines running on x86- and x86-64-based systems across an enterprise, with support for Linux and Windows guest operating systems.

Because Oracle VM is backed by Oracle's world-class support organization, Oracle customers have a single point of support for their entire virtualization environments, including the Linux operating system, Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Applications—all of which are certified with Oracle VM.

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"With Oracle VM, customers can respond more rapidly to business changes, increase return on investment, and reduce lifetime total cost of ownership," says Screven. "Oracle VM brings enterprise-class support and backing to server virtualization, giving customers the confidence to deploy virtualized solutions." He adds that among its many features and benefits, Oracle VM offers simplified installation, with single install, patching, and upgrading for both Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Linux; faster deployment through preconfigured virtual machine images of Oracle Database and Oracle Enterprise Linux; and up to three times the efficiency of other server virtualization products.

Low-Cost Support

"With Oracle VM, customers can deploy server virtualization for a fraction of the cost of using other vendor products," explains Screven. Oracle VM software is free to download, and pricing for enterprise-class support for Oracle VM is on a per-system basis, with 24/7 support for a system with one or two CPUs priced at US$499 per year per system and a system with unlimited CPUs priced at US$999 per year per system.

Oracle On Demand, which provides a portfolio of applications on a subscription or managed basis, is offering Oracle VM server virtualization within the Oracle On Demand Managed Services Grid. This will enable Oracle to better optimize each Oracle On Demand customer's configuration, more fully harness server capabilities, maintain operational enhancements deployed over the last several years, and introduce new benefits—not to mention gaining significant savings in terms of space, power, and cooling.


Rich Schwerin
( is the Linux, virtualization, and open source product marketing manager with Oracle technology marketing.

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