The latest release of Oracle's software for managing virtual machines offers the same set of features to Sparc users as those who manage virtual machines on x86 servers. "With Oracle VM 3.3, a big part of the improvement is on the Sparc side," said Wim Coekaerts, Oracle senior vice president for Linux and virtualization engineering. "Both x86 and Sparc servers are on par in terms of functionality from the management console."

Oracle VM 3.3, released recently, also provides faster performance for Microsoft Windows guests. Oracle VM is the company's server virtualization product, based on the open-source Xen hypervisor and able to run virtual machines on Windows, Linux or Oracle's own Solaris OSes. The virtual machines can run on either the x86 and Sparc servers.