Oracle announces virtualization

Sure that everyone saw the announcement this week that Oracle will start shipping its own virtualization platform and will start delivering its products using the virtual appliance method. What does this mean for customers and why is Oracle doing it?

Well, first what it means for customers is that the world of heterogeous virtualization hypervisors is well and truly here. While customers may try to standardize on only one, liklihood is, just as with UNIX, Linux etc before, that they will end up with multiple different flavors runnning alongside each other. This is good for Nimsoft because our position is that we will support all mainstream versions of virtualization (just like we do with other layers in the infrastructure).

But why would Oracle do this? Well, apart from jumping on to the Virtualization hype, and clearly making some money in the process (don’t you love it when vendors tell you their products are free but you sign an annual support charge), what about the possible implications on support.

e.g. Could we ever see a future when Oracle only delivers its applications on its own “certified stack”? Oracle virtualization, Oracle Linux, Oracle database, Oracle application…..

Think about going to the Dell web site, entering that you want to buy Siebel for 100 users and getting a price that includes everything required to run it, h/w, o/s, db, app….all pre-configured. Take it out of the box, plug it in and done (well almost, because you’d still spend the next 6 months trying to customize Siebel for your needs).

The advantage for customers is clear, no more finger pointing between the OS vendor and the application vendor, but also, the advantage for Oracle would huge. No more having to develop and QA products on multiple flavors of OS (this is a HUGE cost to a software company) and maybe no more having to provide support for all the different combinations (another huge cost for software companies).

Wow….customers win with better support, Oracle wins with revenue increase and huge cost reduction, Nimsoft wins with heterogeneous virtualized environments – seems pretty cool to me.

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