Oracle, based in Redwood Shores, Calif., in November became the latest major software vendor to offer a server virtualization platform when CEO Larry Ellison unveiled Oracle VM during the Oracle OpenWorld Conference.
Oracle VM, now available for free downloading, is a Xen hypervisor-based server virtualization platform. Enterprise-class support is available from Oracle at $499 per hardware server with one or two CPUs per year, or $999 per year for a server with an unlimited number of CPUs.
Oracle VM supports several Windows and Linux guest operating systems, and can be used to create a virtual server in less than a minute, Oracle said. It supports a wide range of Oracle applications.