This Week in Virtualization: March 12, 2010

The March 12, 2010 edition of This Week in Virtualization covers these three stories:

SpringSource promotion: SpringSource will give away its new tc Server Spring Edition to customers that buy VMware vSphere, vCenter, ThinApp or View.

Oracle virtualization: Will Oracle be able to take on VMware once Oracle VM 3 comes out this spring?

VMware Labs:: VMware launched a new site to show off some of its in-development projects.

Read the full transcript from this video below:

This Week in Virtualization: March 12, 2010

Announcer: This week in Virtualization, the weekly newscast from
with Colin Steele and Keith Kessinger.

Colin Steele: Welcome to the March 12th edition of This Week in
Virtualization. I'm Site Editor, Colin Steele.

Keith Kessinger. And I'm Assistant Editor, Keith Kessinger.

Colin Steele: In our top story VMware's acquisition of Spring Source is starting to
bear fruit. From now through May 10th, Spring Source will give away its
TC Server, Spring Edition, to VMware customers. TC Server is a lightweight
version of Apache TomCat which makes it easier to virtualize than some
other job application servers. It's not something that a lot of organizations are
doing now, but it's clearly part of VMware's long-term plans for Spring Source.
VMware acquired the application development company in August for $420
million, and Garner estimates that two million Java developers use the Spring

VMware is trying to move beyond virtualization to become a full platform
vendor, and Spring Source is a big part of that as is Zimbra, the hosted
email provider that VMware acquired in January. Some say it's kind of risky
for VMware to expand its focus now given the threat from Microsoft Hyper-V,
but VMware knows it will have to explore new areas for growth because
virtualization is becoming more of a commodity. The new Spring Source
promotion called Spring on VMware offers two free licenses of TC Server,
Spring Edition, and 60 days of support with any qualifying purchase of VMware
vSphere, vCenter, ThinApp, or VUE. The server comes out next month and will
retail for $750. In other news, the next version of Oracle VM is expected to
come out this spring, giving the software giant its best chance yet to compete
in the virtualization market.

Keith Kessinger: On the phone now to talk more about Oracle virtualization is
Barb Darrow, our Senior News Director. Hey, Barb.

Barbara Darrow: How are you doing?

Keith Kessinger: Good, thanks. So what's the consensus out there in terms of
Oracle's chances in the virtualization market?

Barbara Darrow: In some Oracle shops, there's some feeling that it's got
some credibility, especially with the new release coming out, and if they
can save a little money over VMware, they might give it a shot. However, in
other Oracle shops there is some resistance to this because they are
resisting Oracle's push to get them to dedicate more of their IT to Oracle.
Oracle has got this huge push on to offer appliances that will bundle Sun
hardware with Solaris and Oracle middleware and applications, and there
are a lot of shops out there that don't want to commit so much to one vendor,
especially for very pricey machines.

So, I guess if you're already an Oracle shop and you want to save money
over VMware Server virtualization, Oracle VM has a shot, but Oracle has
to behave well in those accounts and also prove that Oracle VM is
ready for prime time.

Keith Kessinger: Does Oracle have any chance of catching on in shops
who are just looking for point virtualization solution as opposed to one of
these bundles?

Barbara Darrow: Probably not in non-Oracle shops and probably not in
shops where there is an IT staff that oversees the entire infrastructure,
but there are a lot of shops out there where there is an Oracle group that's
doing the database and monitoring the applications. In those shops I think
it has a chance of displacing VMware, mostly because Oracle is making it
so difficult to run VMware in Oracle shops with its licensing.

Keith Kessinger: And finally, can you talk a little bit about how Oracle plans
to use cloud computing to help itself out into the virtualizaton market?

Barbara Darrow: Well, if you look at the past history, Oracle has been a
pioneer in grid computing, and Oracle, to its credit, has also jumped into
Software as a Service. It's offering its own CRM as a Software as a Service
probably in response to, but Oracle has some credibility
issues in that Larry Ellison has been out there disparaging the notion of cloud.
He has some good points, but he's also kind of miffed a lot of people, and
he's led to a feeling that Oracle doesn't get the whole notion of shared
infrastructure. I'm not sure that's fair, but in terms of databases and provisioning
infrastructure for cloud, Oracle's got a lot of the pieces in place. I don't think it's
going to become a whole platform as a service provider though. I think Oracle
wants to sell infrastructure plumbing into other cloud providers. That's my
take anyway.

Keith Kessinger: Senior News Director, Barb Darrow,
thanks for your time.

Barbara Darrow: Thank you.

Keith Kessinger: We'll be right back.

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Keith Kessinger: Welcome back. VMware just launched VMware Labs, a site
where VMware engineers can post projects for virtualization enthusiasts to
download and tinker with. The site is kind of modeled after Google Labs, a site
where Google debuted many of their web apps. VMware calls the projects
on the site ‘Flings’. As of right now, there are ten flings hosted, all of which
are free. One such fling called VMware Guest Console is a Gui tool that
allows administrators to manage OSs inside a VM. So, for example, an
administrator can list the running processes, perform basic file system
operations, and show guest statistics among other things. So check out
VMware Labs when you get a chance to get a glimpse at what VMware
has in store down the road. That's all the time we have for now.
I'm Keith Kessinger.

Colin Steele: And I'm Colin Steele. Thanks for tuning in to This
Week in Virtualization.

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