Will Virtualization Make the Server OS Redundant?

[ Thanks to AlexGr
for this link. ]

“By now most of you have probably heard BEA’s claim that the new
Virtual Edition of its WebLogic Java application server (aka WLS
VE) can run directly on VMware’s ESX hypervisor without the need
for an intervening operating system. In other words, from now on
you will be able to spend all your hard-earned software dollars on
BEA and VMware alone, while cutting Red Hat and Microsoft out of
the picture completely. (I suspect you still might want to save a
few bucks for Oracle, but that’s another story.) As BEA puts it, by
eliminating the need to buy and install a server operating system,
Virtual Edition:

“‘… allows more applications per server, significantly
reducing hardware and operations costs and greatly simplifying

“Can this claim possibly be true…?”

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