Virtual machines (VM) are not new –it has been around for quite some time, and as a consultant I find myself use them all the time. As a matter of fact, just on my laptop and external drive there are at least 15 or 20 different virtual environment which I use for testing, experimenting, and for creating new blog posts.
The thing with virtual machines that you need to be a little more than just a simple DBA to set it up – you need to know how to install an operating system, configure storage, and get your system ready for database installation, which many junior and less experienced DBAs find problematic at times.
Well, no more! Oracle comes to the rescue and provide us with pre-build developer virtual machines.