By Adam Hawley on Feb 26, 2010
Now that the Sun acquisition has closed, and we are one company, we can start talking to you about all the exciting things available in today's Oracle VM product line and where we are going. In the coming days and weeks, you can expect to see a number of new blog entries from a number of voices that may be new to this Oracle blog, but are definitely not new to virtualization. We are tremendously excited to combine our portfolios and work side-by-side with our extremely talented Sun brethren to advance the state-of-the art in virtualization.
As others have said across the industry, particularly with the Sun acquisition, Oracle has the greatest collection of products and technologies in the industry to take virtualization to the next level and enable truly integrated, comprehensive solutions for customers. From the beginning, we've said that Oracle virtualization is not about virtualization for virtualization's sake: it's about creating virtualization products and technologies that make applications and other software easier to deploy, easier to manage, and easier to support. That strategy is unwaivering and is bolstered with the addition of the Sun products.
First, let's dispel some rumors right off the bat to make it crystal clear what we are driving forward and continuing to invest in vigorously in the virtualization space (in no particular order...):
- Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Logical Domains): Hypervisor-based virtualization for SPARC servers
- Oracle VM Server for x86/x64: Hypervisor-based virtualization for x86/x64 servers
- Oracle VM VirtualBox: Hosted workstation and server virtualization for x86/x64
- Oracle Secure Global Desktop: Presentation / desktop services for server resident applications
- Sun Ray software and hardware: Thin client computing but oh so much more
- Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: VDI for Windows, Linux, and Solaris desktops
- Solaris Containers and Zones: Highly scalable Solaris virtualization
- Sun Dynamic Domains: The ultimate in OS instance isolation
But - Adam - what about the Sun xVM server you ask? Sun's xVM server was never fully released and productized by Sun while Oracle VM, Oracle's own x86 server virtualization with a Xen-based architecture has been shipping and running in production for just over 2 1/2 years and thus Oracle VM for x86/x64 will continue to be Oracle's target of strategic investment in the Xen-architecture space.
Last, but very definitely not least, management: Management is, in fact, a huge part of our focus with Oracle VM Manager, Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Ops Center so rest assured on that front as well that these products and investments will flourish.
Not only are we investing in all these things, you'll see quite a bit of activity in the space in the coming months and across the year, so please keep an eye on this blog. We'll have a number of entries to go into more thoughts on each of the products I've listed above and then some.
Finally, if you haven't already, you should definitely watch our strategy webcast with Oracle's Chief Architect Edward Screven talking about our virtualization direction. That can be found here (opens a new Flash window) to hear a more detailed presentation covering these products. You should also take a look at the Management strategy here.