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Nov 13 2007   12:01PM GMT

Oracle crashes VMware’s party: Virtualization Log

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

Does the world really need another hypervisor? Oracle clearly thinks so, and it announced Oracle VM, its version of the open source Xen hypervisor. The cool thing is Oracle pledges to support a wide swath of its enterprise apps running in a VM. But for now, the company’s per-CPU pricing remains unchanged, negating much of the economic incentive to virtualize an application.

In the market for a new server? Dell’s new PowerEdge R900 server is seemingly tailor-made to run as a virtualization host. Among other impressive specs, the 4U behemoth features a 32 dual in-line memory module slots, which by my feeble math, equals 128 GB of total system memory (32 GB*4 GB=128 GB).

Or if its Hewlett-Packard hardware that your data center sports, know that there are some new virtualization features available in HP Insight Control, the company’s x86 server hardware management software. Among them are Virtual Machine Manager 3.0 and the HP Server Migration Pack, which will take you from physical to virtual and back again.

Editors’ note: Welcome to Virtualization Log, a new feature we’re trying out on the blog. Look here for a daily roundup of virtualization news and tips published on the main site and on sister TechTarget publications.

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