It’s not very often you see Oracle looking like the cheap option, but Oracle VM has always been pretty attractive on that score.
The latest information about VMware vSphere 5.0 pricing sounds like the perfect cue for Oracle to start another big push on the virtualization front, as I’m sure a lot of VMware customers will be swallowing hard as they read the new pricing model. It certainly makes Oracle VM sound even more attractive than it did before.
If Oracle could just get Oracle VM 3.0 out of the door, it might be able to make some serious inroads into the to VMware user base.
I mentioned a few days ago I was having trouble running Oracle VM inside VirtualBox. I had tried with multiple versions of VirtualBox (including the latest 4.0.8), so I finally decided that is must be an issue with the host OS (Fedora 14).
Today I worked up the enthusiasm and trashed my server by replacing the host OS with CentOS 5.6. Regarding Oracle VM and VirtualBox, the news is good. I now have a functioning OVM installation inside a VirtualBox VM, so I can get back to playing with OVM again.
I don’t know exactly what the problem was, but for the moment I’m going to bury my head in the sand and think happy thoughts. I’ve wasted far to much time with this already.
Currently listening to a talk by Wim Coekaerts on Oracle VM. Just a few points of interest:
- Oracle VM installs directly on the empty hardware, not onto an existing full Linux host install. There is a very small Linux footprint, like the enterprise Xen system and similar to the top of the range VMware stuff.
- You can run the whole of it on a single box, but you only have a command line interface to configure the VMs. If you want the GUI manager you need to run a separate machine with some Oracle software installed on it (OC4J etc).
- It’s all open source and free, provided you don’t want support. If you want support you need to pay.
- Some benchmarks substantially out perform the top of the range VMware stuff, but these are probably never going to get published.
- It’s going to be available on Wednesday.
- It sounds cool.