Oracle Vies for Virtualization

In other virtualization news, you had to know it wouldn't be long before ersatz Microsoft archrival Oracle launched its own virtualization volley. On Monday, the scrappy database giant unveiled Oracle VM -- its answer to VMware that the company claims is three times more efficient than any competitive offering. I think it's safe to assume it was including Microsoft's tools in there, as well, when it made that statement.

You can download Oracle VM for free starting today (sounds like Microsoft's Virtual PC approach). Oracle will also sell service contracts for its virtualization tool for anywhere from $499 to $999 per year. The service contracts cover mostly updates and bug fixes. This is a server-side play, though, not for desktops. Oracle VM is positioned to do battle with VMware's ESX Server and Microsoft's Virtual Server. If you want to check it out, go here.

What do you think about Oracle's entry? More choice is always good, I suppose. What's your virtual strategy? Send me a real e-mail and spill your virtual secrets at llow@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Lafe Low on November 14, 2007 at 11:57 AM


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