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  • Niche market virtualization vendor known for low priced products
  • Financial details undisclosed
  • Ellison has focused long term strategy
  • Virtual Iron, Sun interoperate with Microsoft platform

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. And nobody is a better shopper than Oracle chairman Larry Ellison. His newest acquisition is niche market virtualization vendor Virtual Iron. The company based in Lowell, Massachusetts is notable for delivering innovative server virtualization – that includes live migration and live Snapshot capabilities – at cut rate prices.

The acquisition of Virtual Iron gives Oracle a great play in the SMB space where customers don’t have as much money to invest as their enterprise counterparts. At a list price of less than $800 per socket or under $1,600 for the popular two-socket configuration, Virtual Iron is a bargain.

Ellison is a master strategist. This latest acquisition coming closely on the heels of Oracle’s purchase of Sun Microsystems makes Oracle a contender in many market arenas and serves notice to virtualization market leaders like VMware, Microsoft and Citrix that the thriving virtualization market just got more competitive.

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