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Oracle’s virtual challenge to Windows and Red HatMatthew Aslett, November 12, 2007 @ 10:08 pm ET
VMware’s share price may have taken a hit following the launch of Oracle VM but the product has wider implications in the software market. To some extent it is a software appliance play: like Raw Iron without the iron. This question and answer from the Q&A says it all:
“Does Oracle VM require a host operating system?
No. Oracle VM installs directly on server hardware and does not require a host operating system.”
Oracle VM comes with pre-configured virtual machine images of Oracle Database and Oracle Enterprise Linux and is designed to install directly on the server hardware. It’s no surprise to find that the product is a development of the Unbreakable Linux group within Oracle. This makes sense given that it is based on Xen and a lot of Oracle’s Xen expertise is within the Unbreakable group, but also because it further disrupts the relationship between customers and their operating system suppliers.
The target of Raw Iron was eradicating the layer of Microsoft Windows that stood between Oracle and its customers’ hardware. Oracle VM targets both Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Sure, you can run both as guest operating systems on Oracle VM, but the customer’s first port of call becomes Oracle. Whether the offering will make much of an impact outside Oracle-heavy environments remains to be seen, however.
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