Oracle VM – everyones gone to the moon

In Jonathan Kings 1965 pop tune, he sang ” Streets full of people, all alone; Roads full of houses never home; Church full of singing out of tune; Everyone’s gone to the moon”

Well, these days it seems there is no such thing as a server all on its’ own, everyones gone to virtualization. So, it was only a matter of time before Oracle jumped on the bandwagon. As far as I can see, this doesn’t change anything for IBM Power Systems users, many of whom will have been running virtualized Oracle for some time.

However, in his analysis on virtualization.info, Allesandro Perilli makes an interesting point right at the end where he says “Oracle example may push other major ISVs to adopt same policy, supporting virtual versions of their applications only on their own hypervisors, which would lead to an uncontrolled proliferation of virtualization platforms. And this will boost demand for management solutions which support multiple virtualization vendors.”

Which is exactly where we thought things would head, and why a heterogeneous, open platform management strategy was the right way to go. IBM Director has a great play here and even more so in the nbr.

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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I'm an information technology optimist.


I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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