Listening to Wim talking about the roadmap for Virtualization.
The whole idea of Cloud is transforming the IT needs. Data centers are becoming Service centers, the stack is much more integrated and customers are demanding much more scalability, availability, agility. Hypervisors need to be aware of each other, or at least be coordinated.
Future is *Application* driven Virtualization. Use templates, self provisioning. Create a RAC for the sake of creating a RAC is "so yesterday".
New world: "One throat to choke" becomes "One point of satisfaction" (my note: Not going to be easy, but that is the way Oracle MUST move.)
OracleVM is foundation for cloud. Stack -> Storage : Servers : VM : OS : DB : Middleware : Apps
Network virtualization - Xsigo Data Center Fabric ... new acquisition.
Desktop virt - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure; SunRay Client; Secure Global Desktop; VM Virtualbox
Bring your own device becoming common. Centralize everything becomes necessary. Access from any location, from any device, BUT be *unobtrusively* secure.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure - entire desktop is hosted on server, access from any client. (Tarentella.)
Secure Global Desktop - individual applications are hosted on the server.
Virtual clients - software (VirtualBox) and hardware (SunRay) clients. Virtual Desktop Client for iPad!!!
For x86 and SPARC.
x86 is Supported AND Certified for ALL Oracle s/w. Now in Gartner's "Challenger' position for 2012 Magic Quadrant. CPU-based license on VM, not hardware host.
x86 is Open Source and Free to download and run in production. You can purchase optional Support, but not required. Management via Oracle VM Manager - either GUI or CLI. Under no circumstances manage at server under server control, because that breaks the multi-machine environment. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c can manage the VM Servers but does that THROUGH VM Manager.
Storage Connect allows VM Manager to manage Hitachi, Fujitsu, EMC and Oracle storage directly.
OracleVM 3.2.1 now in public beta.
Addresses network inefficiencies.
"Overflow" - network tunneling, which will likely be an interesting technology in the future.
Oracle acquired Xsigo.Fabric director allows configuration subnetting/storage of an Infiniband 'switch'. No VLans required - configure to get 1G/10g networks plus HBAs as required. Very interesting.