Oracle is trying to reassure customers of Virtual Iron, the virtualization company it bought in May, as rivals like VMware push discount offers in hopes of capitalizing on any uncertainty.
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VMware is trying to exploit uncertainty among customers of Virtual Iron, the virtualization vendor recently acquired by Oracle, with a new "safe passage" plan that offers Virtual Iron users steep discounts on certain VMware products if they switch.
VMware is still the only virtualization vendor whose hypervisor meets every enterprise requirement, but rivals Citrix, Microsoft and Virtual Iron are closing in on that goal, according to research by the Burton Group.
Oracle is continuing its spending spree with an agreement to buy Virtual Iron, an acquisition that will help Oracle enhance its Xen-based server virtualization software.