Oracle embraces the virtual appliance approach

Oracle continues to keep a very low profile on the virtualization market, silently improving its free-of-charge hypervisor based on Xen: Oracle VM.

After a much criticized launch in November 2007 (mostly because of the closed support policy that the company currently adopts), the product jumped to version 2.1.1 in March 2008.

The company now announces the so-called Oracle VM Templates, the Oracle version of the well-known virtual appliance concept that VMware pioneered at the beginning of 2006.

The first four pre-configured virtual machines offered are:

  • Oracle Database 11g
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Oracle’s Siebel CRM 8
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux

All of them can be downloaded here.