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INTRODUCING ORACLE VM TO ORACLE ON DEMAND

Oracle is introducing server virtualization within the Oracle On Demand Managed Services Grid with Oracle VM, a new server virtualization product which fully supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications and offers scalable, low-cost server virtualization that is three times more efficient than competitive products.

Backed by Oracle’s world-class support organization, On Demand customers now have a single point of enterprise-class support for their entire virtualization environments, including the Linux operating system, Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware and Application software—all of which are supported with Oracle VM.

Industry-leading partners, including AMD, Dell, Emulex, HP, Intel, Liquid Computing, NetApp, Pillar Data Systems, and QLogic have endorsed Oracle VM. And with this announcement, Oracle is the only software vendor that combines the benefits of server clustering and server virtualization technologies to deliver integrated clustering, virtualization, storage, and management for Grid Computing.

For more information about Oracle VM, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

IMPACT OF VIRTUALIZATION ON THE ITIL FRAMEWORK

ITIL is a framework of best practices approaches intended to facilitate the delivery of high quality IT services. Virtualization is a technology that can be exploited to enhance services provided under the ITIL framework. These key benefits provide further rationale for Oracle’s decision to deploy server virtualization in infrastructure.

Release Management

Traditionally, the server initialization process starts with the “rack-up and power- up” of a physical server and extends to network configuration, software installation, and set-up. Server virtualization enables organizations to manage a pool of pre- configured virtual machines. These virtual machines enable applications to be provisioned by simply pointing to one of these environments, thereby significantly reducing provisioning time.

These virtual machines can be used to provision additional environments while performing multi-phased implementations. A reduced provisioning cycle will result in faster implementations because these additional environments can be provisioned from the same pool of pre-configured virtual machines.

Problem Management

Virtualization provides the ability to copy or make a snapshot of a live instance within minutes. In the event of a software problem, a snapshot of the virtual machine can be taken before the virtual machine is restarted. This snapshot can be used to analyze the problem and test a resolution. This function could reduce the amount of “REFRESH” and the associated latency that it introduces in the problem management flow.

Change Management

Accelerating the change management process is another area where server virtualization can provide new capabilities. By using virtualization, businesses can

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