Whew, that was quite a spell that I spent over at the Think Thin blog
. Okay, so I didn't really contribute much. But I was busy. With important stuff. Honest. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of stuff that makes good copy, especially in the blogosphere. That being said, I do actually have some things to talk about now:
- Item One: I spent the last few weeks editing Warren Ponder's excellent whitepaper on Sun's Virtual Desktop Architecture. The Virtual Desktop Architecture utilizes multiple layers of virtualization to consolidate desktop instances on VMware servers while allowing them to be accessed via thin clients (like our Sun Ray) or roaming laptop (say through Sun Global Desktop). Of course, by hosting all the desktop instances within the data centre you can gain all kinds of operational efficiencies (assuming you have a well run data centre) as well as the attendant security and flexibility gains. While I am excited about this architecture as it is being deployed today, it is the next generation possibilities that this infrastructure enables that makes it truly important. Imagine being able to audit everyone desktop nightly. Move, add or change a desktop without IT help. Download an encrypted version of your desktop instance to your laptop when you travel off the net. Create new desktop instances as will. Even dynamically load balance images across servers or data centres. All without the incompatibilities and problems that shared environment solutions had created in the past. Watch for Warren's paper to be released in the next few weeks after it navigates through the rapids of marketing and legal reviews.
- Item Two: I have a new job. Effective October 1st, I will move over to the Global System Engineering practice to serve as their Chief Technologist for the Asia Pacific region. This is somewhat of a homecoming for me, as I used to be Chief Technologist for Sun Professional Services Asia Pacific practice back in 2004. And while I will miss the challenges of the desktop practice, I look forward to working directly with customers on architecture issues over the coming year.
Hopefully, this also means that I might blog a little more often.
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