Faster, Cheaper and Scalable Server Virtualization; Fully Supported for Deploying Oracle and Linux
November 12, 2007
Oracle today announced Oracle® VM, server virtualization software which supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications. Oracle VM offers scalable, low-cost server virtualization that is up to three times more efficient than existing products from other vendors. Key Oracle products including Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications are certified with Oracle VM. Backed by Oracle's world-class support organization, customers have a single point of support for their entire virtualization environments, including Linux operating system and Oracle products.
Consisting of open source server software and an integrated Web browser-based management console, Oracle VM provides an easy-to-use, rich, graphical interface for creating and managing virtual server pools, running on x86 and x86-64-based systems, across an enterprise. Oracle VM offers:
* Simplified Installation -- with single install, patching and upgrading for both Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Linux;
* Faster Deployment -- through pre-configured Virtual Machine images of Oracle Database and Oracle Enterprise Linux;
* Greater Efficiencies -- three times more efficient than other server virtualization products;
* Linux and Windows Support -- support for Linux and Windows guest operating systems including: Oracle Enterprise Linux 4 and 5; RHEL3, RHEL4 and RHEL5; Windows 2003, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP (on HV capable hardware);
* Single Source of Support -- backed by Oracle’s world-class support organization, customers have a single point of contact for their entire virtual environments, including the Linux operating system, and Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware and Application software.
* Low Total Cost of Ownership -- enables customers to deploy server virtualization for a fraction of the cost when compared to other vendor products.
Oracle applications, middleware and database software currently certified with Oracle VM includes:
Oracle Database 10.2.0.3 and 11.1
* Oracle Application Server 10gR2 and 10gR3
* Oracle Enterprise Manager 10.2.0.4
* Oracle TimesTen 18.104.22.168
* Oracle Berkeley DB 4.6
* Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 and 12
* Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.0
* PeopleTools 8.49.07 and above
* Oracle's Siebel CRM 8
* Oracle's Hyperion 9.3.1
Oracle VM extends Oracle's support for grid computing by providing the ability to virtualize within as well as across servers. Oracle's grid computing-based solutions together with Oracle VM are capable of virtualizing all infrastructure resources, as a well as data and applications, providing a complete virtualization solution for the data center and creating a cost effective, efficient and agile IT environment.
"Customers can now optimize resource consolidation by deploying Oracle VM with Oracle Unbreakable Linux, and run the full Oracle software stack -- Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Applications -- all with one worldwide support call," said Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect, Edward Screven. "With Oracle VM, customers can respond more rapidly to business changes, increase ROI and reduce lifetime total cost of ownership. Oracle VM brings enterprise-class support and backing to server virtualization, giving customers the confidence to deploy virtualized solutions."
Industry Support for Oracle VM
"Enterprises of all sizes are increasingly embracing virtualization to consolidate resources, better leverage commodity hardware and further reduce computing costs," said John Humphreys VP of Enterprise Virtualization, IDC. "Products like Oracle VM can be excellent tools that enable IT to increase their server utilization, and dramatically reduce complexity and overall total cost of ownership."
"The introduction of Oracle VM underscores the importance customers are placing on maximizing their server investments via virtualization technology," said Earl Stahl, vice president, Software Engineering, AMD. "With virtualization technology built on Xen, Oracle VM is able to take full advantage of the features available in industry leading AMD-Virtualization(TM) technology. AMD supports our customers' right to choose technology and service solutions that help them achieve their business objectives, and we welcome Oracle VM's introduction to the market."
"Dell is committed to simplify IT by reducing cost and complexity in our customers' data centers," said Rick Becker, vice president of solutions, Dell Product Group. "By combining Oracle VM software with Dell's proven leadership in delivering Oracle Database, Oracle Applications and Grid Computing solutions, we’re able to deliver simplified, complete virtualized solutions for their mission-critical enterprise operations."
"Working with Oracle to incorporate support for Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters into the new Oracle VM server virtualization software underscores both companies' commitment to cost-effectively enable virtualized environments," said Mike Smith, executive vice president, worldwide marketing, Emulex Corp. "Our LightPulse Virtual HBA technology is ideal for end users looking to manage virtualized machines with Oracle VM, while leveraging trusted SAN management tools and best practices."
"Businesses using Oracle VM software on HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers can benefit from greater flexibility and cost savings from significantly improved resource utilization," said Scott Farrand, vice president, Industry Standard Server Software, HP. "The tested configurations of Oracle VM on HP servers offer a new virtualization option to the large number customers who have chosen to deploy Oracle technologies on HP ProLiant servers."
"Liquid Computing has optimized our fabric based computing offering, LiquidIQ, for Oracle VM performance and operations," said Brian Hurley, CEO of Liquid Computing. "Oracle VM is an exciting addition to the complete Oracle software stack. We look forward to demonstrating its capabilities this week in San Francisco at Oracle OpenWorld."
"Oracle VM and NetApp storage solutions provide our joint customers a powerful formula to maximize the benefits of efficiency, utilization, and agility in their virtualization environments," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "NetApp has been working closely with Oracle to support Oracle VM and is fully engaged in the beta testing program. As a leader in storage virtualization, the inherent features and capabilities of NetApp Data ONTAPR are a perfect match for Oracle customers looking to streamline and simplify data protection, backup, and management of their storage infrastructure. Together, our companies' strategic value to customers is bringing greater efficiency and flexibility to managing their business and IT resources."
"Oracle VM with Pillar's Axiom provide the perfect combination for customers maximizing the power of Oracle Database 11g," said Mike Workman, CEO and Chairman, Pillar Data Systems. "Customers can release the shackles binding them to large, legacy SMP platforms and extend virtualization from the application server to the storage pool using both Oracle Database 11g and Pillar Axiom. We enthusiastically share Oracle's mission to increase resource utilization and take full advantage of IT infrastructure."
"QLogic's industry leading SANblade Fibre Channel HBA solutions, powered by hardware-assisted virtualization technologies, ship with Oracle VM and provide optimized performance and scalability as expected by enterprise customers," said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corp. "Our mutual data center customers will enjoy the benefits of this partnership backed by the QLogic global support model and Oracle's world-class support organization."
Availability and Pricing
Oracle VM is based on the open source Xen(TM) hypervisor technology. Oracle VM will be available for free download beginning Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at: http://www.oracle.com/virtualization.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply.
Pricing for enterprise-class support for Oracle VM is simple -- it is priced on a per-system basis, with 24x7 support for a system with up to two CPUs priced at $499 per year per system and a system with unlimited CPUs priced at $999 per year per system.
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