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Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Goes GA

By , Julio Urquidi - Source: Toms IT Pro

Oracle released its own version of OpenStack into general availability last week. Available through Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premiere Support, the platform is based on OpenStack Icehouse and allows customers to use OpenStack tools to manage and control Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Read: OpenStack: Costs, Benefits & Risks

Features in Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux include MySQL enterprise integration, HA support for OpenStack services through Oracle Clusterware, the Cinder plug-in for the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, and Ceph storage software support. Guest operating systems include Oracle Linux and Solaris, Microsoft Windows and non-Oracle Linux distributions.

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM are the latest virtualization platforms to take advantage of the OpenStack platform. Supporting a non-Oracle product is not a typical step for Oracle, as the company has often been very stringent on only using Oracle products to create solutions for its customers.

While Oracle has enjoyed a commanding presence in the database world, Oracle VM, has been seen as a limited clone of RedHat's virtualization platform. When compared to industry heavy weights such as VMware and Microsoft, Oracle often found itself in the "other" category when looking at a virtualization vendor adoption chart. 

Part of the low adoption was a very firm stance Oracle has had with virtualization technology and vendors. Oracle had required any virtualization of its database products to be done only with Oracle virtualization platforms, which was still behind market leaders in features, reliability and third party integration. This stance split many customers into those willing to take advantage of the newer virtualization technologies at the risk of limited or no support, and those who stayed where they were and watched the virtualization world pass them up.  

That is why this announcement is so important for both Oracle and its customers wanting to virtualize more Oracle installations, a segment that has gone largely untapped due to those strict support guidelines and limited third party support.

Market leaders in virtualization, like VMware and Microsoft, do not lead by having closed platforms, and maybe that is a lesson Oracle is learning. Oracle's public embrace and support of the OpenStack IaaS platform could be the sign that the company is willing to let Oracle VM grow up and compete with the other virtualization vendors. This is a big step for the Oracle virtualization platform and may give it some of the clout it needs to become a contender with VMware and Microsoft in the hypervisor wars. This also shows that OpenStack continues to grow across the enterprise market as the top choice for cloud computing.

Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is freely downloadable from Oracle's Yum server and the Unbreakable Linux Network or you can also download an Oracle VM VirtualBox image from the Oracle Technical Network.