Wednesday Aug 05, 2009

InformationWeek's positive Sun VDI 3.0 review


Sun VDI Solution
Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software
InformationWeek’s Randy George reviewed Sun VDI 3.0, which he called “new and improved,” citing “impressive performance” and “seamless” authentication against Active Directory as top features.

Randy found that “Virtual Desktop access screamed with Sun's VDI 3 on Sun Fire servers connecting to Sun's VirtualBox virtualization engine.” He also complimented provisioning features and the ability to automatically clone new virtual desktops as well as compatibility with a variety of software platforms.

Randy was also impressed with the Sun Ray 270 thin clients he tested, praising both their aesthetic appeal and the smartcard reader, which can be used for two-factor authentication. Overall Randy concluded that “Sun VDI impresses.”

Friday Jun 26, 2009

Sun solutions help German systems vendor deliver affordable cloud computing


Merkl IT was founded in 2007 as a traditional systems vendor offering IT services, hardware, software and support. The Munich-based systems vendor decided to pursue an idea for a cloud computing solution, which lead to the development of Virtual BackOffice, the company's core product.

Sun Customer Merkl IT
(Image courtesy: Merkl IT)
Virtual BackOffice provides businesses with access to a virtual IT infrastructure that is highly scalable, flexible, affordable, and available and gives them access to their data and applications from almost any location with very little required on-site hardware. To provide the scalability and fast response time needed to deploy Virtual BackOffice, Merkl IT needed new hardware and chose several Sun products for its solution.

For storage, Merkl IT uses Sun Storage Tek 2510 arrays with redundant iSCSI RAID controllers and 1 Gb/sec throughput. The SMI-S-compliant Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager software simplifies 2510 array storage management and allows Merkl IT to accelerate deployment and improve utilization. Citing Sun's “green IT” focus, Merkl IT chose Sun Blade 6000 servers with energy-saving features to virtualize and host Windows servers and desktops running Virtual BackOffice.

Merkl IT offers more than just hosting services, it also provides its customers with Sun Ray Thin Clients and software including Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Secure Global Desktop software. Merkl IT stays one step ahead of the major cloud computing providers by integrating its customers' local servers and network infrastructure into Virtual BackOffice.

Julian Merkl, co-founder and managing director of Merkl IT notes “the Sun infrastructure allows us to operate the cloud-computing solution in an energy-efficient and stable manner, saving our customers money and helping the environment.”

Check out the complete details here.

Friday May 08, 2009

Sun solution helps myToys.de meet demand


Since its launch in 1999, Internet mail-order business myToys.de has grown by 30% to 40% each year. myToys.de sells its merchandise at stationary branch offices, through a mail-order catalog, and on its Web site, which is where the company receives the majority of its orders.

Until recently, myToys.de ran with the help of a classic PC infrastructure, which required many individual devices to be administered, serviced, and updated constantly. Last year as the business growth put additional strain on the customer service team - particularly during the peak periods of Christmas and Easter - Olaf Brehmer, head of System Administration at myToys.de decided it was time to find a replacement solution.
Sun Customer myToys.de

(Logo courtesy: myToys.de)
The solution focused on Sun VDI Software, and was based on the Sun StorageTek 6450 array, seven Sun Fire X4100 servers, a Sun Fire T2000 server, 65 Sun Ray 2 thin clients, and the Solaris 10 Operating System. Deployment was fast and successful, as the implementation started at the end of August, leaving no time for a proof of concept before the busy run up to Christmas began.

With the new system in place, employees at myToys.de now have the flexibility to work at their own desk, another office, or at home while still having access to all of their applications and documents. Olaf Brehmer reports that "thanks to our new Sun Ray technology and Sun VDI deployment, we can scale our business successfully to meet seasonal demand while reducing the overall cost of administration."

Check out the complete details here.

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

Tuesday Jan 27, 2009

Another Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) / Sun Ray Review in TechTarget


Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software

In a follow up to last month's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) review, Rick Vanover of TechTarget further examined planning a VDI implementation.

Rick outlined the main components in a VDI solution and stated, "the Sun Ray series of devices are among the more refined products in the space." Further, he noted, "for administrators who prefer to use an ESX hypervisor for their VDI, the Sun Ray server software can fill this void."

Rick explains the VDI architecture and planning involved, also noting a Sun blog that walks through the setup.

Overall he is quite pleased with Sun's solution, concluding, "setting up a Sun Ray server software installation is not overwhelming. In fact, Sun makes it quite easy by working to simplify the process and break down the steps for administrators considering Sun Ray software."

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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