Oracle has released version 3.0 of its Oracle VM server virtualisation software in a bid to expand the platform past Oracle applications to those developed by third parties.
Oracle VM 3.0 has been designed for higher capacity and increased integration, and is aimed at areas such as server and database virtualisation.
The company hopes that its position in the middleware and applications space will help to drive the VM platform.
Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualisation engineering at Oracle, told reporters that competing platforms offer virtual systems only at the operating system level, but that VM 3.0 supports the use of templates which can deploy and configure systems with bundled middleware and applications.
"We take away the pain of having to manage and install these things. That saves you days, if not weeks, at a time," he said.
VM 3.0 also expands the platform's hardware support to handle virtual machines with up to 128 virtual CPU nodes and up to 1TB of RAM, the firm said.
Many of Oracle's recent releases have underlined the advantages of the company's combined hardware and software offerings, and Oracle has touted similar benefits in its datacentre platforms.
Gary Chen, research manager for enterprise virtualisation software at analyst firm IDC, told V3 that the push may drive hardware sales but could limit Oracle's reach in the overall virtualisation market.
"We do see a lot of people using Oracle on Oracle, and that still is primarily its market right now," he said.
"Oracle talks a lot about expanding and, while the platform is certainly capable of doing that, it remains to be seen whether the customers do that."
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