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If you are looking for one throat to choke for a virtualized x86 server stack, the right one is tough to find. But Oracle wants you to wrap your hands around Larry Ellison's neck, and is betting that its new Virtual Compute Appliance works so well and is such a good bargain that you won't squeeze. The system makers that have …


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  1. Justin Stringfellow

    > And there is, of course, that one throat to choke. How much would you pay for that?

    Quite a lot if your name is Charles Saatchi.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm just glad

    That they haven't called this a cloud controller. I still don't understand how virtualized environments equal clouds. Perhaps someone could explain that?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Does it come with a long Iron chain too?

  4. Mr Anonymous


    All in Oracle's locked-in basket.

  5. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    Larry's expensive walled garden or real choice.

    So you can have Oracle's servers (which no-one buys) and Oracle's kludge of bought, copied and "free" expensive software (the majority of which no-one buys), a lot of which they don't even have the original developers still employed at Oracle. Or you can go to hp, Fujitsu or IBM and they will do you a much better x64 server range, storage, switches and they'll offer a complete stack from Microsoft, VMware or Citrix, all with support that actually knows how it works, and build just about any software stack you want on top. And they can also do RHEL or SuSE options with real support for even more choice. Yeah, so what was Larry's point?

    1. The Original Steve

      Re: Larry's expensive walled garden or real choice.

      Couldn't agree more.

    2. M. B.

      Re: Larry's expensive walled garden or real choice.

      Dell, HDS, and of course VCE are also playing in that space quite effectively. We are shopping around for converged infrastructure and the only one I don't care about is Oracle.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    limitations on OVM

    Just an FYI - keep in mind that you have a very small number of "supported guest OS" choices with Oracle VM. Recent versions of Windows, Red Hat, Oracle Linux, and Solaris.

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