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Oracle Open World updates: Virtualization news in brief

Oracle pre-installs Oracle VM Server on Sparc; and other news in brief.

Oracle pre-installs Oracle VM Server for SPARC, rolls out Exalogic
At this year's Oracle Open World conference in San Francisco, Oracle Corp. announced the availability of the next-generation UltraSparc processor, the new Sparc T3, as well as four servers built on it. These new servers can be configured to run Oracle VM Server for Sparc 2.0, which was previously called Logical Domains (or LDOMs). The software will be pre-installed on the Sparc T-series hardware, which Oracle claims can support up to 128 guest partitions in one system using the SparcC chips' multithreading capabilities.

Oracle also announced a new "cloud in a box" product, dubbed Exalogic, which runs on Oracle VM and Oracle/Sun Microsystems hardware.

App services provider redesigns data center around Oracle VM
Also part of Oracle's festivities in San Francisco: the company has touted a new customer case study for Oracle VM. According to the press release, application services provider IT Convergence has standardized on Oracle VM for x86, Oracle VM Templates, and Oracle Linux. IT Convergence's enterprise applications and systems portfolio includes the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle Database and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Oracle also announced that its version of Xen can now be ported into the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (or EC2), the public cloud offering that is also based on the Xen hypervisor.

HP's 3PAR certifies Oracle VM
The Hewlett-Packard-Oracle drama -- which began when Oracle hired ousted HP CEO Mark Hurd -- came down a notch this week. HP announced it had settled the lawsuit it filed against Hurd when he went to work for Oracle.

In a further sign that tensions have eased between the two companies, the certification of support for Oracle VM by high-end disk array vendor 3PAR Inc., recently acquired by HP after a bidding war with Dell. Oracle VM on 3PAR will be available in November 2010, according to a press release. 3PAR is a Gold-level partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork.

VMware launches new channel program
VMware Inc. launched Solution Enablement Toolkits (SETs) for its channel partners. Each SET contains tools, templates and services for partners to create their own product packages for VMware's virtualization suite, vSphere.

SETs include three categories: the Infrastructure Virtualization, the Desktop Virtualization and the Business Continuity libraries. The Infrastructure Virtualization Library includes SETs for Microsoft applications such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server on vSphere. The Desktop Virtualization SET includes Desktop Virtualization Assessment and a VMware View pilot; thus far the Business Continuity Library includes Site Recovery Manager Jumpstart. VMware has also added training and certification options for partners, including a new VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) level.

NextIO takes its show to Japan
I/O virtualization vendor NextIO has signed a new distribution deal with ELSA Japan Inc., the companies announced this week. NextIO makes I/O virtualization appliances that are often used to consolidate network connections for virtual servers and offload them from physical hosts.

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