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Having a WTF Moment - Oracle Buys Virtual Iron

Ok, Oracle goes after Sun.  I get it!  Now, having a WTF moment, Oracle announces it is going to buy Virtual Iron?  Rumor had it that Virtual Iron was talking with Symantec, which would have made sense to me.  Oracle buying Virtual Iron after acquiring Sun xVM with the Sun Microsystems acquisition and already having Oracle VM based on Xen leaves me puzzled.  Oracle announced the following:

  • Oracle has agreed to acquire Virtual Iron Software, Inc. (Virtual Iron), a provider of server virtualization management software that enables dynamic resource and capacity management in virtualized data centers.
  • The combination of Virtual Iron’s technology and Oracle VM’s scalable, high performance and highly available server virtualization product is expected to provide more comprehensive and dynamic resource management across the full software stack.
  • Customers are expected to benefit from better capacity utilization, streamlined virtual server configuration, and improved visibility and control of their enterprise software.
  • The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close this summer.
  • Until the deal closes, each company will continue to operate independently.
  • Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Industry trends are driving demand for virtualization as a way to reduce operating expenses and support green IT strategies without sacrificing quality of service,” said Wim Coekaerts, Oracle Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering. “With the addition of Virtual Iron, Oracle expects to enable customers to more dynamically manage their server capacity and optimize their power consumption. The acquisition is consistent with Oracle’s strategy to provide comprehensive enterprise software management and will facilitate more efficient management of application service levels.”
 
Well, there you have it!  I think we all knew that Virtual Iron was going to have to be acquired by someone.  I just never thought it would be Oracle.  Go figure.
 
Thanks to Richard Cardona for sending me an update this morning.
Published Wednesday, May 13, 2009 6:46 AM by David Marshall
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Cinetica Blog » Virtual Oracle! - (Author's Link) - May 14, 2009 3:22 AM
VMblog.com - Virtualization Technology News and Information for Everyone - (Author's Link) - May 25, 2009 8:45 PM

VMBlog recently reported the fact that Oracle acquired Virtual Iron for an undisclosed amount. But the NY Times has obtained financial documents that shows Oracle may have acquired Virtual Iron, but Virtual Iron wasn't really doing that well (as we all

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