Oracle's server virtualization software, known as Oracle VM, is targeted at supporting server consolidation and systems integration by enabling Oracle and non-Oracle applications, designed to run on different operating systems, to share the same underlying operating environment.
At LinuxWorld, Oracle unveiled a series of “four templates for its server virtualization software”, including one for its own Linux distribution, Oracle Enterprise Linux. These templates will save time and money for customers in deploying a full software stack by providing pre-configured images of enterprise software, said Monica Kumar, Oracle's senior director of Linux and open source product marketing.
Aside from the template for Oracle Enterprise Linux, the first set includes templates for Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and version 8 of Siebel CRM, a product owned by Oracle since its buyout of Siebel.
Oracle also plans additional VM templates, but the company hasn't decided yet whether VM will use any OS other than Oracle Linux as the underlying virtualization platform, or whether templates will be offered for other OS, Kumar said. “Right now, we're just focusing on Oracle Enterprise Linux.”