VMware this week unveiled VMware vFabric Data Director 2.0 with support for virtualization of Oracle databases. The company says vFabric Data Director 2.0 is designed to simplify and automate database lifecycle management, allowing organizations to deliver “database-as-a-service.”

“The journey to cloud computing is all about reducing complexity for developers and IT operations in order to be able to more effectively meet the demands of today’s application realities—faster development cycles, more data and higher expectations for IT responsiveness,” Jerry Chen, vice president, Cloud and Application Services at VMware, said in a statement. VMware vFabric Data Director leverages virtualization at the database tier to reduce database complexity and cost, via policy-based automation and a self-service management model, Chen said.

VMware says the new offering automates deployment, management and governance of heterogeneous databases and enables IT to securely automate and delegate routine database management tasks, including provisioning, backup, cloning and patching. As a result, application teams can provision or refresh a database in minutes rather than days and IT can offer developers self-service database access while maintaining control and compliance through policy.

New and expanded capabilities in vFabric Data Director 2.0 include expanded database support (for Oracle 10gR2, Oracle 11gR2 and vFabric Postgres 9.1, a VMware relational database); automated physical-to-virtual migration; and APIs for integration with other products such as vCloud Director, VFabric Application Director, EMC Data Domain, and Greenplum Chorus.

VMware says vFabric Data Director 2.0 is currently available and licensed per VM of managed database at $750 per VM up to two vCPUs.



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