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Sparc and Windows get more love in Oracle VM update

Joab Jackson | July 3, 2014
The latest release of Oracle's software for managing virtual machines offers the same set of features to Sparc users as to those who manage virtual machines on x86 servers.

Oracle has updated its drivers for running Microsoft Windows software in a virtual container. A new set of paravirtual drivers can speed the throughput of data moving to and from the network, and to and from a disk.

"We have a disk driver and a network driver that uses shared pages between the Windows guest and the Xen hypervisor," Coekaerts said.

Oracle also continues its work on incorporating Oracle VM with the open-source OpenStack cloud software. The Oracle technology preview of its own OpenStack distribution now can run Oracle VM 3.3. Oracle has already started incorporating OpenStack into its Solaris distribution.

Additional improvements have been made to the new Oracle VM to simplify operations and improve security.

The last major update of the software was in January 2013. Oracle VM 3.3 was slated to be released in May, but was held for a month for additional testing, Coekaerts said.

Oracle VM is available as a free download.

 

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