By ThinGuy on Nov 17, 2010
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A few webcasts that were shown live during the week of Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne/Oracle Develop.
Michael Dann discusses the eco-friendly aspects of the new Sun Ray 3 family:
On August 19th from 9 AM until 3 PM, Oracle will be hosting an Online Virtualization Forum that covers our v12n technology from the Desktop to the Datacenter. What I'm really impressed by is the two people that will comprise the "panel". Former Sun hardware guru and now Oracle's Executive Vice President of Systems John Fowler and my boss's boss's boss, Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven.
Folks, these are what we call "Big Guns". What's more, they are extremely intelligent...no scratch that. They are "scary smart". Be honest, you've sat through more than your share of executives pitching things they could care less about. These two gentlemen are in a different league. Passionate is the best word that describes them.
I'm sure long time followers of Think Thin are more than familiar with the Executive branch of "the company formerly known as Sun Microsystems" and you've seen John Fowler many times. But unless you were an Oracle customer, you may not have had the chance to hear Edward Screven speak. With absolutely zero patronizing involved here (like he reads this blog), watch him. He's brilliant. He gets it. And by "it" I mean pretty much anything you could imagine, but specifically he gets VDI.
If there's one thing I've learned about the executives at Oracle, it's that they don't mess around. You wouldn't get this caliber of people talking about the entire virtualization stack if Oracle was not committed to it. I've also noticed, "Committed" = "Wants to dominate" in Oracle speak.
So to the v12n world out there, and specifically the VDI market, watch out. The "Big Guns" are about to fire a warning shot across the bow of the marketplace. To paraphrase Al Pacino's character in "Scent of a Woman", We are just getting warmed up.
From page four of Oracle's Oracle and Sun Overview and FAQ
"Yes, Oracle plans to continue Sun’s “desktop to datacenter virtualization” strategy and integrate with Oracle’s virtualization products. By unifying management across desktop virtualization, server virtualization, storage virtualization, and network virtualization, Oracle and Sun provide comprehensive, flexible, eco-efficient solutions to maximize utilization, consolidate to reduce costs, increase productivity, and decrease management complexity.
Ed note: Recommended Music to Read By
Additionally HERE you can find some instructions/scripts which can help to install, configure and connect your SGD server to Active Directory.
Hot off the presses is Sun's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 2.0, just released last night. Included is the new Sun Virtual Desktop Connector, acting as a broker between Sun Ray and Secure Global Desktop infrastructure and VMware virtual machines. This solution provides exceptional flexibility in deploying virtual desktops in an easy, secure manner to both Sun Ray clients as well as a variety of other clients, with a choice of desktop operating systems, including Windows, Solaris and Linux. This would probably be a good time to note our recent announcement of entering an OEM agreement with VMware, making it that much easier for a complete solution from Sun.
Heck, so many interesting things happening in this space, it's hard to keep track of it all. Wouldn't want to miss our purchase of innotek and their VirtualBox technology, an open source virtualization software technology that allows running virtual machines under a variety of host operating systems to run many different guest OSes, including Solaris, Linux, Windows and OS X. Nor would I want to forget the ongoing work incorporating Xen open source technology into both OpenSolaris, and into xVM Server, giving you the ability to run guest operating systems with no hypervisor knowledge as usual, and those guest operating systems that are hypervisor aware and can take advantage of performance enhancements through direct hypervisor calls.
Found some time this week, so here is the next part.
From January 15th through the 18th, Sun will be holding a Software Event in Grenoble, France. Days 1 and 2 will be focused on Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and the Sun VDI solution. I will be presenting along with Andy and Dirk. We're even trying to get Matt to come to cover Sun Ray Server in conjunction with S10 Trusted Extensions.
Alexis' blog has the details on how to register for the FREE event.
Hope to see you there.
(P.S. Anyone know of a good gym in Grenoble?)
New format and some new entries on our Success Stories pages. Enjoy.
Secure Global Desktop: http://www.sun.com/software/products/sgd/success.jsp
We are officially "Live" for the Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 Open
Beta and we would love to have you participate. Here is key information
you'll need for downloading the beta software, whom to contact if you
have any technical questions or issues, and a link for providing us any
feedback on this product.
Sun's Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 is the resulting product from Sun's existing Virtual Desktop Access Kit (VDAK) for VMWare and provides a mechanism for managing and accessing virtual Microsoft Windows desktops via Sun's desktop virtualization technologies such as Sun Ray Software and Sun Secure Global Desktop Software.
We would greatly welcome your feedback on this new beta software.
Please note that you will need to have specific software applications/versions installed prior to download and testing of the Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 beta software. They are:
o SRS 4.0 (for Sun Ray testers)
o SGD 4.4 (for Sun Secure Global Desktop testers)
o ESX 3.0.1 or 3.0.2
o Virtual Center 2.0.1 or 2.0.2
o Windows XP
Thanks in advance for your participation and feedback!
Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 Open Beta Program Instructions:
Beta Download URL\*: http://www.sun.com/download/products.xml?id=473df2c6
\*We encourage you to read the release notes as there are platform dependencies for this product.
(Note: Link to release notes and doc is currently broken. Temporarily the docs are available here. Release Notes, Admin Guide - BL)
For any technical questions or issues, please contact us at: . We will do our best to respond to your questions.
We'd love to have your feedback! Here is a link to a short survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=fgN4vpJe9WE8eRFJdxLDng_3d_3d
The Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 beta software requires an upgrade to SGD 4.4. The download URL for the beta upgrade is shown below. Should you have any specific SGD 4.4 install issues, please contact your Sun support representative for assistance.
SGD 4.4 Download URL: http://www.sun.com/download/products.xml?id=4717e2a2
If you missed the excellent live webcast on September 26th featuring our Virtual Desktop solution for Government, Education, and Healthcare (GEH), you can watch a replay here.
The VMWare/Sun webcast from September 27th will be available shortly and I will post a link when I have it.
I'm slowly getting around to posting all the presentation slide decks we promised. To be fair to my co-presenters, I'm the reason for the delay. I have a lot of NDA material to strip out and notes to add to mine. I'll keep updating this post, so check back for the others.
Editors note: Compare and contrast how much Kiosk has changed by comparing the SRSS 3.1 CAM slide deck
Zip file contains the following:
Presentations and How To:
- sr-deep-dive-aug2007.odp/.pdf - SNAP Presentation Sun Ray on Trusted Extensions
- tx-deepdive-srss4u2-build-log.txt - Detailed Build Log
Trusted Extensions DB Files:
TX Zone Build Files:
Editors note: This deck doesn't do the preso justice since 99% is a demo that takes you through the full install and configuration of Secure Global Desktop. Please attend the next Desktop Virtualization Days Event to see Andy speak
Editors note: This deck has a lot of meeting information as well as an overview of what's new in Sun Ray, what is Virtual Desktop Computing, and why you should care.
Editors note: Mostly Marketechture. Really needs to be followed by a Sun VDAK Demo.
Sun Secure Global Desktop 4.3.1 has been released. While mainly an update to fix bugs, there are some new features:
- Support for UNIX audio apps
- Support for Vista Desktop as an application (i.e. VDI)
- Support for Ubuntu as a client OS
- Changes to work better with ssh launches (should work out of box without needing ssh_config changes)
- The Mac OS X client is now a universal binary
Download SGD and give it a spin.
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