Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

Sun News in Review: Christopher Kawalek on Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software 3.0


This morning we announced the availability of Sun VDI Software 3. The latest release offers great storage economics for VDI, built-in virtualization capabilities and a wide variety of virtual desktop operating systems. With increased flexibility, management efficiency and data security, Sun VDI customers are already saving big bucks.

I talked with Chris Kawalek, Product Line Manager of Desktop Virtualization Marketing at Sun, about the new software. Get the highlights of the announcement by listening to the short segment below.

Chris Kawalek
Chris Kawalek

Monday Jan 05, 2009

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."

Tuesday Jul 24, 2007

InfoWorld special report on desktop virtualization

In a special report, Paul Venezia of InfoWorld takes a look at the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) market and discusses how vendors, such as Sun Microsystems, are offering real world thin client solutions that are helping companies save on high rising energy costs, among other things like application compatibility. Mason Uyeda, Sun Microsystems marketing manager for desktop virtualization is quoted at the beginning of the report, "We're seeing customers who really want to move away from terminal services for application incompatibility issues, among other things, and this is a clear alternative. VDI is like putting gasoline on the virtualization fire."

Paul writes in detail about the differences between traditional thin client systems and VDI, and how VDI changes the way sessions are delivered to the clients. Sun Ray-based broker was included in the report, and his conclusion is that VDI is still in its infancy "but the future definitely looks bright" with vendors like Sun leading the way.

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