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Roddy Rodstein (CISSP, MCSE, CCA) has over 10 years of professional experience in the IT industry. In his current role at Oracle, he is a member of the Virtualization and Unbreakable Linux team. Before joining Oracle, Roddy spent six years at Citrix supporting Citrix's core product, XenApp. Earlier in his career, Roddy successfully established, owned, and operated an IT consulting business that specialized in server based computing and remote access solutions. His professional achievements also extend to writing and self-publishing industry reference guides currently available on Amazon, Securing Microsoft Terminal Services (ISBN: 061514330X) and Citrix CCA MetaFrame 1.8 for Windows Exam Cram (ISBN: 1576109453).

Chapters at a Glance
Oracle VM Introduction
Oracle Virtualization and VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and Red Hat
Oracle Product Certification and Oracle VM Templates
Oracle VM Manager Architectural Review
Oracle VM Server Architectural Review
Dom0 and DomU
Oracle VM Guest Console
Oracle VM Disk IO
Oracle VM Storage
Oracle VM HA
Oracle VM Networking
Oracle VM Introduction
Oracle VM is a Xen-based x86 server virtualization solution that is maintained and distributed by Oracle. Oracle VM is seamlessly integrated across the Oracle stack from the application to the disk. Oracle is continually testing, tuning and releasing new versions of Oracle VM to improve database, middleware and application performance. Oracle VM is an Oracle product not to be confused with the Open Source distribution or any other Xen distribution.
Oracle VM follows the Open Source model of free-to-use and re-distribute with or without commercial support. Oracle offers commercial support for Oracle VM via the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Support program. Oracle VM is distributed from the Oracle eDelivery portal.
Oracle has a unique position in the virtualization market as a hardware and application vendor that owns all of the technologies across the Oracle stack. Owning the entire Oracle stack has many advantages, a) integration and management across the stack and b) the ability to prepackage and distribute Oracle technologies via Oracle VM templates.
Oracle’s ability to integrate technologies across the stack provides an unequaled level of top to bottom integration from the management layer through the operating system, applications, hypervisor all the way to the disk. Owning the entire stack allows Oracle to distribute pre-packaged Oracle VM templates with key Oracle technologies. Oracle VM templates include pre-packaged production ready instances of Oracle technologies tuned at the application, operating system and hardware layers. No other vendor in the virtualization market can offer this level of integration, management and pre-packaging.
Oracle VM consists of two components, Oracle VM Server (the hypervisor) and one of two management components: a) Oracle VM Manager b) the Oracle VM Management Pack. The Oracle VM Management Pack is an Enterprise Manager plug-in. Oracle VM can be managed from only one of the two management options, either Oracle VM Manager or from the Oracle VM Management Pack, not both.
Published Monday, May 25, 2009 8:08 PM by David Marshall
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