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[News] How Linux and Open Source Virtualisation Can Truly Revive a Company

  • Subject: [News] How Linux and Open Source Virtualisation Can Truly Revive a Company
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 03:14:44 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Oracle VM and the Linux virtualization revolution

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| The Age of Virtualization is upon us, and I don’t believe we would have 
| gotten this far this fast without open source software. Virtualization and 
| VMware originated on mainframes, and when IBM finally “got it,” it used Linux 
| to revive a company that was sinking slowly into the past. By adopting Linux, 
| it came up with an OS that could be used on all of its hardware.    


Oracle Claims Strides in Linux Campaign

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| Yahoo turned to Oracle's Linux support offering after some bad experiences 
| with Red Hat, said Tim Heath, a Yahoo senior database engineer. "There were 
| some bugs in Linux" that Yahoo couldn't get Red Hat to fix, Heath said. 
| Yahoo, which runs Red Hat Linux on 50,000 of its 150,000 servers, now has 
| Linux support contracts with both Oracle and Red Hat.    



OpenWorld: 1,500 companies adopt Oracle Unbreakable Linux

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| Despite Oracle's fast growth, Red Hat remains the top dog in the enterprise 
| Linux market, with tens of thousands of subscribers to its support business. 
| During its Q1 2008 call with analysts, Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik said it 
| added "multiple of thousands of customers" in that quarter alone.   


Ellison touts Fusion Applications

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| Oracle CEO Larry Ellison didn't display much of his traditional flamboyance 
| Wednesday at Oracle's OpenWorld conference, but he did preview the company's 
| next-generation Fusion Applications and said its Unbreakable Linux offering 
| has met with initial success.   


OpenWorld: Oracle restricting app support to its own virtualization platform

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| Buried under the surface of Oracle Corp.'s Monday announcement that it plans 
| to get into the virtualization market is the fact that the company won't 
| support its database and many other applications if they are running on 
| virtualization software from VMware Inc., Microsoft Corp. or even Red Hat 
| Inc.    
| That effectively limits enterprise users who want to run their Oracle 
| applications more efficiently through virtualization to just one platform: 
| Oracle's new VM.   


Why does Larry Ellison have a Red Hat fetish?

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| Larry doesn't understand open source. This isn't surprising since the people 
| who report to him apparently don't, either (though I don't include Mike Olson 
| in that crowd - he's a victim of golden handcuffs :-). Oracle desperately 
| wants open source to be "just another tool" that it uses for IT domination. 
| It's not. It actually has the opposite effect.    
| Oracle just can't grok this.
| It wants to own the Linux kernel. It can't. It wanted to own JBoss. It 
| couldn't. Open source is about controlling through sharing, but Oracle 
| doesn't do the "share" thing very well.  
| And so we'll have to sporadically endure Mr. Ellison's ego pronouncing 
| himself god of the Linux world, despite his Linux business being so anemic  
| that he won't break out its numbers. If the numbers are so great, report 
| them, Mr. Ellison. (Having said this, it's important to note that Oracle 
| stopped breaking out revenue by product line many years ago.)   


Ellison: 'Fusion Must Coexist'

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| Ellison also acknowledged Red Hat's growth in "a healthy market" for both 
| companies. "We're also doing something Red Hat isn't, which is shipping 
| Oracle VM underneath our Linux offering so there is a single stack of code. 
| If you have applications that run on Red Hat, it will run unchanged on 
| Oracle's enterprise software."    


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