Just recently Oracle launched VM Release 3.3., the latest installment of its server virtualization product. This new version includes expanded support for Windows, and both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads, such as OpenStack. It also includes improvements to unified virtualization management for x86 and SPARC systems running Oracle VM Server.
"Oracle VM 3.3 continues to refine ease-of-use capabilities, provides more flexibility in network design, and delivers a new, intuitive VM console," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle. "This new release will allow customers to more easily deploy, manage, and maintain enterprise-scale applications across both x86 and SPARC environments in a unified way."
Release 3.3's Oracle VM Manager provides tighter security control by reducing the number of required open ports, minimizing potential security vulnerabilities, according to the company. This is accomplished by using a certificate-based authentication model, which is provided in both Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Agent.
This new release also features an updated virtual machine console that uses HTML5 features for faster, safer console access. Also included is a simplified VLAN support definition to specify VLAN interfaces as needed. Oracle VM manager comes bundled with MySQL Enterprise Edition, and provides web services API that includes both REST and SOAP interfaces.
Oracle VM 3.3 enhancements add extended support of Oracle VM Guest Additions for guest operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris. With Oracle VM Manager, users can control the behavior and configuration of components running within the virtual machine.
"Oracle developed Oracle VM PV (paravirtual) drivers for Microsoft Windows to boost network and disk I/O throughput for Microsoft Windows guest OS environments," states the company's announcement. "Windows PV drivers along with Oracle VM Server for x86 have passed the Microsoft Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) requirements, enabling better support for customers running Windows workloads on an Oracle VM environment."
Guests hosted on an x86 server pool will see improved performance and I/O reduction thanks to support for huge pages, which reduces lookups in a virtualized environment. Oracle VM Manager's statistics and event model now monitors and automatically adjusts generated statistics.
Oracle VM Release 3.3 is available now as a free download, and includes enterprise support and no licensing fees.