Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) / Sun Ray review in TechTarget


In a TechTarget overview of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Rick Vanover reviewed the Sun Ray 2 VDC, 270 VDC and 2FS VDC, noting that "the Sun Ray 2 series of devices are refined products that operate nicely in today's VDI landscape in regards to network transport, multimedia, I/O redirection and a price point that may surprise you."

Building a VDI solution is comprised of three main categories: device, broker, and hypervisor. In this review, Rick focused in the device and core features that should be considered. He looked at bandwidth considerations for VDI, specifically highlighting Sun Ray Server Software (SRSS) and Appliance Link Protocol (ALP).
Sun Ray
Performance and multimedia are the more hot-button features one should look for. "By building a VDI solution around an optimized transport system like Sun's APL, a framework is in place for solid multimedia utilization while keeping the network usage reasonable," he noted.

While the device selection process is important, implementers must also consider cost, infrastructure investment, platform footprints, storage, networking and other factors. Rick noted, "the Sun Ray 2 devices deliver a great user experience and have several options for back-end configuration to meet most requirements."

His conclusion: "The use of the Appliance Link Protocol, while proprietary to Sun, is an optimized transport that allows the device to be simply a device. Updates and connection changes at the Sun Ray server allow administrators to be quite agile in what is delivered to the devices compared to most device, broker and hypervisor relationships."
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