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Storage Vendors Rally 'Round Oracle

Oracle's storage partners issued a series of announcements today in support of the Oracle OpenWorld event in San Francisco, signaling a hand-in-glove relationship between enterprise storage and structured database applications.

There are questions, though, about the actual impact of some of these announcements.

At the center of the news blitz is an Oracle product called Oracle VM, also announced today. This is a server virtualization platform based on Oracle's version of Linux and the open-source Xen hypervisor. Its purpose is to offer enterprise customers a "one-stop-shop" for database applications, virtualized server environments, and Linux applications.

Oracle VM can be ordered free starting November 14. Support costs range from $500 to $800 per system annually.

Who needs a hypervisor just for Oracle? Lots of enterprise folk, some say. "Products like Oracle VM can be excellent tools that enable IT to increase their server utilization, and dramatically reduce complexity and overall total cost of ownership," said IDC analyst John Humphreys in a prepared statement.

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