I sat down with Oracle Corp.’s VP of Linux engineering, Wim Coekaerts, during the LinuxWorld/Next Generation Data Center conference in San Francisco today to find out about their new virtualization product, Oracle VM Templates, announced August 6.
Oracle VM Templates are basically a time-saving approach to deploying a fully configured Oracle software stack, since each template provides pre-installed and pre-configured images of Oracle software.
Oracle VM Templates can be downloaded for free to install Oracle products onto servers where Oracle VM resides. Following the download, the servers will have a fully installed and configured software environment (based on Oracle’s Linux product) to play with, Coekaerts explained.
“The VM Template includes all of the patches and anything else that we would want our customers to have, and they don’t have to do any of the install work,” Coekaerts said. “The template is good for test and dev, because it allows people to compare us to other products. They download it and can play around with it, and if they are happy with it, they then pay the normal oracle Licence ad support fees for whichever product they are using the template for.”
The VM templates are not replacing the traditional method of installing Oracle software, but is simply an alternative he said.
The first set of Oracle VM Templates are now available for Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle’s Siebel CRM 8, and Oracle Enterprise Linux.
Coekaerts said Oracle’s goal is to come out with a VM Template for existing Oracle products about once a month, and there will be a library of templates users can use to deploy Oracle software quicker than it would traditionally take. Oracle partners will also use the templates to help users deploy their software, he said.
The templates are essentially a way for Oracle to promote its Xen-based hypervisor, Oracle VM, which supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications. Oracle VM is also available for free download, and users pay for support.