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Lanamark announced a partnership with Oracle that will enable Oracle channel partners to leverage Lanamark Suite to design and deliver desktop and server virtualization solutions based on Oracle VM. Lanamark will be presenting at upcoming Oracle VM boot camps and created a calculator for comparing Oracle VM vs. VMware vSphere.

Lanamark Suite enables Oracle partners to accelerate design and delivery of Oracle VM virtualization solutions. Solution providers can gather vital information about x86/x64 and SPARC environments, identify most suitable candidates for virtualization, and then design complete, high-performance virtualization solutions with Oracle VM. Lanamark Suite supports application, middleware, database, operating system, server, storage and thin client components from Oracle and Oracle alliance partners.

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On November 3, Red Hat announced general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers. How does the server virtualization offering from Red Hat compare to the one from Oracle?

  Oracle Red Hat
Packaging Oracle VM comes with the Oracle VM Manager management console Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor (REVH) comes with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager for Servers management console (REVMS)
Licensing Free to download, use and re-distribute both Oracle VM (GPL) and Oracle VM Manager (private source) Subscription
Pricing / Year (USD) $599 for 24x7 support per server with up to 2 sockets
$1,199 for 24x7 support per server with unlimited sockets
$499 subscription for 12x5 support per socket
$749 subscription for 24x7 support per socket
Hypervisor Xen 3.4 in Oracle VM 2.2 (Xen is also used by Citrix, Novell and other ISVs) KVM (through acquisition of Qumranet)
Supported Operating Systems Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003, 2008, XP, Vista
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.x, 4.x and 5.x
Oracle Enterprise Linux 4.x and 5.x
Microsoft Windows 2003, 2008, XP
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.x, 4.x and 5.x

As part of the launch, Red Hat did a comparison of its virtualization offering versus ones from Microsoft and VMware. In reality, the closest competitors are actually Citrix and Oracle, especially if Citrix does indeed release Citrix XenServer as open source. This means that both Red Hat and VMware would get squeezed by

  • Oracle VM and Citrix XenServer on the Linux side of server virtualization
  • Microsoft Hyper-V on the Windows side of server virtualization
  • Citrix and Microsoft on the Windows side of desktop virtualization

What's more interesting is that Red Hat pitches its offering for "heterogeneous servers and clouds." With a subscription-based licensing model and without a freely downloadable, re-distributable software, this strategy is going to be rather challenging to execute.

Oracle today announced availability of Oracle VM 2.2 as well as Oracle VM Storage Connect Program that will simplify management of storage infrastructure supporting virtual environments. The new release includes the following key features:

  • Support for Xen 3.4 (latest Xen hypervisor)
  • Support for migrating Virtual Iron VMs to Oracle VM images
  • CPU power management, memory management, and direct disk I/O capabilities
  • Support for the Oracle Cluster File System (OCFS2) 1.4 to enable faster VM provisioning and cloning
  • Direct support for multipath storage devices that can enhance performance of clustered applications
  • Options to set the scheduling priority for virtual CPUs in VMs and cap the maximum percentage of CPU time each individual VM can access
  • Support for Intel Xeon 5500 series and six-core AMD Opteron processors

While Oracle may be coming late to the server virtualization party, it is clearly adding key enterprise features that are reducing the lead of its competitors. Furthermore, with Sun Microsystems, Oracle can offer what no other virtualization vendor can - a complete virtualization stack with all the key software and hardware components. And the complete stack can be easily designed and presented by Oracle partners using Lanamark Suite.

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