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21 May 2012, 15:20

Oracle updates Oracle VM server virtualisation solution

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Oracle has released version 3.1.1 of its Xen-based virtualisation solution, Oracle VM Server for x86, which uses the Linux 3.0-based Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 2 as its Dom0 kernel.

Oracle VM consists of two components: Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager. The combination of these facilitates central management of virtual machines and storage configurations while the wide range of templates should simplify VM deployment. Oracle is promoting the product as an alternative to VMware vSphere.

The new version includes improvements to the management console and to backup and recovery management. It now has wizards for generating VMs and server pools, the management interface supports drag and drop, and templates can now be used to create multiple clones in a single process. The new version also allows for additional virtual CPUs to be added to running VMs.

A detailed overview of the changes can be found in the release notes. Oracle VM is free to download and distribute; however, the software is not open source.

(Alexandra Kleijn / fab)

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