By mprove on Aug 11, 2010
We release Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2 today. Nearly nine months after Sun VDI 3.1 – the best VDI ever – we have a new best VDI ever with many new and consolidated features for more robustness. I am so much in bullet point mode this week. So here are the highlights of Oracle VDI 3.2. Read top down this time:
- Global Desktop Search – search for desktops by state or name in all companies and pools
- Fast Preparation for Windows desktops (for Hyper-V and VirtualBox) – esp. faster than Windows sysprep during desktop cloning
- Memory Sharing and Memory Paging for VirtualBox hypervisor – better utilize the available memory on the build-in hypervisor by cooperative use of memory among the desktops, or by using the same memory pages just once
- Personal Hard Drives – creates a volume D:/ for personal assigned desktops. This allows to update the system on volume C:/ whenever a new template revision is promoted to master.
- Unified Desktop Provider Management – provides an overview on all desktop providers for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Remote Desktop (Terminal Servers), and the build-in VirtualBox hypervisor. And a new…
- Generic Desktop Provider – for accessing PCs via RDP.
- Peak-times for cloning and recycling – move resource consuming tasks to off-working hours
- Storage Enhancements – active/active OpenStorage clustering, dedicated iSCSI Networking, OpenStorage write cache support (including Logzillas), and other improvements that I cannot even spell
- Multi-Company – ability to work with several distinct user directories. Either for large corporations or distributed departments of universities, or for separate clients of the VDI service; think: Desktop as a Service
- Global VDI Centers – several VDI Centers can be connected with each other on a global scale to allow traveling employees to access their home desktop or a guest desktop abroad.
- Alarms for Desktop Provider and DB Cluster Status for VDI Center – web-based notification to inform the administrator that something is not working as expected
- Backup and Restore – Export and import the entire database of VDI
- Orphan Desktops and Orphan Disks – Search for desktops without a disk, or for disks on the storage without a desktop in VDI. This can be used for housekeeping tasks.
There are several more new features that I cannot mention here. But one should not be forgotten:
Oracle Rebranding – a new skin to match the look’n’feel of Oracle web applications.
Login to the VDI Manager:
Pool Settings in VDI Manager:
(Now you know where the background for my blog is coming from.)