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Oracle Announces Latest Release of Oracle® VM Server Virtualization Software


Adds Support for the Latest Intel and AMD Processors; Delivers Significant Performance Enhancements and New Green Computing Features
Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.-- Oracle® VM 2.2, the latest release of Oracle’s server virtualization software, is now available, enabling customers to accelerate deployment of and simplify management of enterprise applications; and to run their data centers in the most environmentally-sustainable and efficient manner, while lowering costs.
Oracle VM 2.2 features the latest Xen-based, industry-standard hypervisor, Xen 3.4, and provides substantial performance enhancements for customers running Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series based on Intel® microarchitecture, codenamed Nehalem, as well as Six-Core AMD Opteron™ processors.
Oracle VM 2.2 features new CPU power management, memory management, and direct disk I/O capabilities.
Additionally, this release delivers on the initial integration of Oracle VM and Virtual Iron technology, including the ability for customers to easily migrate Virtual Iron virtual machines to Oracle VM images.
Oracle VM supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications and offers customers scalable, low-cost server virtualization backed by Oracle’s world-class support.
Enabling Greater Performance
By leveraging the latest Xen 3.4 hypervisor and a newer dom0 kernel based on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3, Oracle VM 2.2 helps provide broader hardware support, and better performance, scalability and security for both hardware virtualized and paravirtualized guests. Performance can be improved for hardware virtualized guest operating systems including Microsoft Windows.
Oracle VM 2.2 provides updated support for the Oracle Cluster File System (OCFS2) 1.4 to leverage advanced features such as sparse file support to enable faster virtual machine provisioning and cloning, and to allow users more control over file data allocation, improving performance and storage efficiency.
Oracle VM 2.2 adds direct support for multipath storage devices that can be assigned to virtual machines and enhance performance of clustered applications.
Green Features, Simplified Management, Cost Savings
By leveraging the Xen 3.4 hypervisor, Oracle VM 2.2 also provides more efficient CPU power management, enabling greener computing and cost savings.
Resource management has been enhanced in Oracle VM 2.2 by allowing users to set the scheduling priority for virtual CPUs in virtual machines and cap the maximum percentage of CPU time each individual VM can access. With this enhancement, users can now control the Quality of Service (QoS) for CPU, network, and disk I/O through the intuitive Oracle VM Manager browser interface.
Other enhancements to Oracle VM 2.2 include a number of user interface enhancements, improved high availability with automatic failover of server pool master agents, and enhanced serviceability and audit features.
Supporting Quotes
“The release of Oracle VM 2.2 enables customers to capitalize on the latest advancements in server virtualization technology to better manage their virtual environments and reduce both cost and power consumption in the data center,” said Wim Coekaerts, vice president Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle. “Additionally, this release further delivers on Oracle’s virtualization roadmap by providing existing Virtual Iron customers the first phase of a migration path to Oracle VM.”
“Oracle VM 2.2 enables users to tackle their most demanding Windows and Oracle Enterprise Linux workloads,” according to Margaret Lewis, Director, Commercial Solutions and Software. “Its support for the latest server hardware incorporating the AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V™) technology found in the Six-Core AMD Opteron™ processors makes possible the cost-efficient performance needed to manage their most data intensive applications.”
“Customers deploying virtualization want solutions that boost system performance yet are easy to deploy, saving time and money,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president, marketing, Industry Standard Servers, HP. “Oracle VM 2.2’s virtualization takes advantage of features for HP ProLiant G6 servers, enabling customers to get increased performance from their Windows and Linux virtual machines, quickly and easily.”
“Oracle and Intel work closely to ensure that their offerings run optimally together,” said Doug Fisher, vice president, Intel Software and Services Group, and general manager Systems Software Division. “With Intel® Architecture optimizations, Oracle VM 2.2 combined with the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series offers outstanding performance and manageability in virtualized environments to improve IT infrastructure and reduce costs.”


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