New VM Templates Leave Oracle's Drawing Board

All-in-one templates for virtual machines may make it easy to set up and run Oracle environments, but will anyone bite?


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If setting up and implementing Oracle environments makes your database administrators break out in a sweat, help may be at hand.

Yesterday the company announced its VM Templates suite, which combines Oracle's Database 11G, Enterprise Manager 10g, Siebel CRM 8 and Enterprise Linux. All of the apps come preinstalled and preconfigured.

Database administrators just copy the templates to the Oracle VM hypervisor (define) sitting on a physical server, and, within minutes, they will have a production environment ready to go, according to Oracle.

"It's a really easy way to deploy a fully configured Oracle software stack," Rachel Chalmers, an analyst at 451 Group, told InternetNews.com. "They say you can have a full Oracle environment in minutes."

However, that doesn't mean things will go smoothly for Oracle. "One of Oracle's problems is, it's seen as a fairly aggressive software license vendor, and there's a fear of vendor lock-in," Chalmers said.

Also, Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), which offers its virtual machine free on its Web site, faces competition from other free virtual machines. "There's no reason why customers would take its virtual machine for free when they can get virtual machines from Citrix or Xen," she said.

"For open source adepts, it's not a challenge to build the Oracle software stack with Xen," Chalmers added. Xen is an open source hypervisor (define) Oracle uses in its VM apps.

If a corporation doesn't want to go the open software route for its virtualized database, it can opt for hypervisors from VMware or Parallels.

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