Well, well, well...Larry Ellison, [URL="http://www.oracle.com"]Oracle[/URL] CEO [URL="http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/018535"]added[/URL] [URL="http://www.virtualiron.com"]Virtual Iron[/URL] to his collection today. Congratulations, Larry. When is Oracle going bankrupt? Every time that I've seen a company acquire too many other companies in a short time period, they always end up in the dustbin. Oracle just acquired [URL="http://www.sun.com"]Sun[/URL] just one short month ago. I'm not sure what Larry's thinking on this one--Virtual Iron is [URL="http://www.xen.org"]Xen[/URL] which is an open source, Linux-based virtualization product that Oracle could have produced themselves. I'm also not sure exactly what they're buying--Virtual Iron's vast client base? That's a laugh. Virtual Iron sparks such little interest …

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There's only one company that doesn't use Linux for its server virtualization platform. Can you guess which one it is? If you guessed [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL], you're correct. [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization"]Microsoft[/URL] is a newbie in the virtualization space but wants in and may make significant dents in the already well-established market that is significantly owned by VMware. For Windows-only virtualization, there may be some validity to the switch to Hyper-V. For the rest of us, who are either too stubborn or too smart to make the shift to Hyper-V, what are our choices? The following is a list of 5 of the main players …

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