I just got word that Oracle has continued its spending spree by acquiriring Virtual Iron. After Oracle's acquistion of Sun (see Oracle to Buy Sun - View from the Virtual World), it is clear that Oracle is building a soup to nuts virtualization story.
- Oracle has agreed to acquire Virtual Iron Software, Inc. (Virtual Iron), a provider of server virtualization management software that enables dynamic resource and capacity management in virtualized data centers.
- The combination of Virtual Iron's technology and Oracle VM's scalable, high performance and highly available server virtualization product is expected to provide more comprehensive and dynamic resource management across the full software stack.
- Customers are expected to benefit from better capacity utilization, streamlined virtual server configuration, and improved visibility and control of their enterprise software.
- The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close this summer.
- Until the deal closes, each company will continue to operate independently.
- Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
It appears that many of the stand-alone vendors of orchestration software are feeling the pain caused by customers not always understanding or believing the claims of savings, performance and better reliability. I've heard that Cassatt, Scalent and Virtual Iron were having difficulties. (update: Scalent advised me that the rumors I had heard were false.)
Virtual Iron was a good choice for Oracle for a number of reasons including the following: