VMworld 2012: Oracle Attempts to Steal VMware Thunder
As VMware (NYSE: VMW) prepares to kick off VMworld 2012 (Aug. 26-30, San Francisco), Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) has launched a preemptive strike, claiming that Oracle VM is a better solution than VMware vSphere for virtualizing key Oracle applications. In reality, that claim comes from the Evaluator Group, an analyst firm. But Oracle isn’t shy about spreading the news today — as thousands of channel partners and IT experts pack their bags for VMworld. Here’s the update.
The Evaluator Group’s top-line takeaway: Deploying Oracle Real Application Clusters and the Oracle E-Business Suite using the Oracle VM Templates on Oracle VM was much faster than a traditional install performed with VMware vSphere 5. How much faster? The Oracle scenario required two hours and 15 minutes, versus more than 15 hours for the VMware scenario.
The VAR Guy’s spin: Oracle does not want to rule the virtualization world. Rather, the company wants to make sure its own applications run extremely well in virtual environments, and Oracle believes it is the most logical company to deliver such a capability.
According to Oracle:
“Oracle VM Templates enable the deployment of a complete application runtime environment within a virtual machine. The operating system, database and applications are installed, updated to the correct patch levels and automatically configured at the initial boot time of the VM, without any additional system or application installation tasks required…Oracle offers more than 100 Oracle VM Templates, available for Oracle Database, Oracle Real Application Clusters, the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Fusion Middleware and many more.”
Channel partners and customers, by the way, can also create their own Oracle VM Templates for non-Oracle applications.
Will Oracle’s VM message catch on with partners, or will the VMworld conference give VMware a platform upon which to raise its voice even louder? The VAR Guy is listening to all parties as he prepares for the conference.