Oracle Open World 2011 starts next week, and I'll be there again this year (I think this will be the 7th one for me). I've done lots of testing with Oracle RAC on vSphere 5 over the last year and look forward to getting the chance to discuss it with customers, partners, and general database geeks.
One thing that has changed since OOW last year is that Oracle changed their support stance and RAC has been supported on vSphere since last November. We still get some questions about support for Oracle on vSphere, but not nearly as many as last year. If you want to discuss it or get your questions answered you can come by and talk to us at the VMware booth or you check the website.
An even bigger thing that is different is that VMware has begun to enter the database world. With the announcement vFabric Data Director we now have the capability to add database as a service to your vSphere environment. This changes and challenges many of the traditional notions about how to provision, manage, and use databases. I think this is an incredibly interesting new development that is an example of how things are going to be changing in the future.
I think it's going to be a fun year at OOW with lots of the discussion revolving around virtualization and cloud and hopefully less talk about support and licensing.
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