It seems VMware are releasing yet another free product. This times it’s VMware server:
VMware is a cool product. I was first introduced to it approximately 5 years ago. We had a big (for the time) server running Red Hat 7.1 as the guest operating system, which was subsequently split into 5 Windows NT virtual servers. These were used as development servers for a number of projects, including Oracle projects. I’ve been a fan of it ever since.
This free release should open the door for many more people. It’s really cool not having to mess with your main OS when you want to try out a new Oracle installation, or a new upgrade process.
The article also mentions Xen, which I’d not heard about before. Looks like it will be included in the next release of RHEL and SUSE. Sounds well worth a try.