Will the Oracle-Sun merger prove a threat to VMware?

As Oracle-Sun announces its virtualization road map, the company puts VMware square in its crosshairs

After months of waiting, the European Commission has finally concluded its antitrust investigation of the Oracle/Sun acquisition, coming down on the side of Oracle and opening the door to the conclusion of its $7.4 billion deal. With that decision, Oracle was finally able to disclose its virtualization road map and show how the company plans to integrate its products between the two company's portfolios.

Oracle kicked off a daylong event to talk about the acquisition and its plans, and it did so with a new tagline that seems to tell much of the new story: Software. Hardware. Complete.

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Between the two companies, Oracle and Sun offer a broad array of technologies for a virtual data center: server virtualization, desktop virtualization, operating system partitioning, hardware partitioning, servers, thin clients, storage, operating systems, and virtualization management software. The company seems to be showing its commitment in this area.

  • Oracle will continue to develop and invest in Solaris
  • Oracle will offer support for Linux, Windows, and Solaris guest operating systems
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager will be able to provide single console management of two disparate virtualization platforms: Oracle VM on x86/x64 hardware and Solaris Containers and Logical Domains running on SPARC CMT
  • Oracle will integrate Sun VirtualBox into the Oracle VM family as a tool for developers
  • Oracle will provide an end-to-end VDI solution by bringing the Sun VDI Connection Broker inside Oracle VM Server
  • Oracle will continue to deliver business applications as Oracle VM gold template images (also known as virtual appliances in the VMware world)
  • Oracle will continue to make available the Sun Ray thin client product line as a secure endpoint device

During the kickoff presentation, Edward Screven, Oracle chief corporate architect, said that if you talk with IT folks, it becomes clear that virtualization is one of the most important technologies to them, and they plan on using it to get server consolidation, lower energy consumption, easier management, and lower labor costs in their environments. He admits that there are already several technologies on the market for doing virtualization -- VMware among them.

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