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Oracle Boosts Virtualization Capacity

Oracle VM is, of course, based on the Xen hypervisor

Oracle continues to prove that they are a leader in virtualization. Oracle recently announced that they have updated their server virtualization software, and that the new updated version will offer a number of features to users. Among the most exciting, for some users, is the ability to support as many as 128 virtual servers per physical server.

The new package, Oracle VM 3.0, seeks to be more scalable than previous versions, and to offer scalability not only in the area of performance, but in management, as well. It adds additional policy controls, a greater degree of support for storage devices made by third parties, in addition the greater number of virtual machines per server.

Oracle VM is, of course, based on the Xen hypervisor. Oracle VM is customized specifically for running the other software selections available from oracle. In fact, it provides more than 90 templates that organizations can put on top of it in order to run other enterprise software by Oracle. It can also be deployed on a Linux-based system as a standalone virtualization manager.

This is, of course, a huge jump forward for the software. Previously, Oracle VM could only support 32 virtual CPUs for each physical server. This actually puts Oracle VM ahead of VMware’s vSphere 5, which currently can still only support the same 32 virtual CPUs.

One of the most enticing features of the new version has to be policy management. Admins can now create scripted events to take place when a trigger occurs. For example, if CPU usage spikes, the script can trigger the virtual machine to move from one server to another. These scripts can also allow for workload consolidation during off-peak periods, allowing for reduced energy consumption.

The storage connect framework in Oracle VM 3.0 gives greater control to admins over their back-end storage systems, as well. You can manage storage features right from inside the Oracle management interface, reducing the need for running multiple management tools. This version even gives you access to more advanced features from vendor storage, including things like VM cloning and snapshotting. There are plug-ins for a number of major storage vendors, as well.

If you want the cutting edge in VM capabilities, check out Oracle VM 3.0.

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