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Oracle to acquire Virtual Iron

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonMay 14,  2015

Oracle announced on Wednesday that it had acquired Virtual Iron Software, Inc., a maker of server virtualization management software, for an undisclosed amount.  This news comes less than a month after Oracle announced the acquisition of Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion.

The fact that Virtual Iron is a competitor of VMware has many wondering if this is a change in Oracle's virtualization strategy or simply a plan to form a wealth of virtualization options.  With virtualization becoming a viable option for companies to reduce operating expenses the addition of a virtualization management software company is a move that makes sense to most analysts.

For more insight on how this acquisition will effect the relationship between Oracle and VMware, we consulted Rampant Author and Oracle ACE Bert Scalzo, author of Oracle on VMware.  Here are some of his thoughts:

"I was surprised by the Oracle acquires Virtual Iron announcement. At first it did not make much sense to me, because Oracle has it's own virtualization product (OVM) as well as Sun's entire stable of virtualization offerings (xVM, Virtual Box, Containers, Dynamic System Domains, LDOM's, Solaris Resource Manager, etc).

What at first seemed like madness actually reveals a brilliant plan by Oracle.  Both OVM and Virtual Box are Xen based, therefore a combination of their strengths will be a big net positive. Plus Oracle inherits even more outstanding virtualization expertise. But most importantly, Oracle now extends and completes their virtualization technology stack by adding virtual infrastructure management via the Virtual Box acquisition.

So, Oracle goes from simply offering some basic VM infrastructure components to offering total virtualization solutions. This is an acquisition that can be summed up in one word - brilliant."

Please see Bert Scalzo's great book "Oracle on VMware: Expert tips for database virtualization". 

You can buy direct from the publisher for 30%-off.




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