Monday Jun 25, 2012

Even More Storage Options in VDI 3.4.1

Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4.1 has been released to complete the storage matrix below.

Storage Type VirtualBox on Solaris VirtualBox on Enterprise Linux
Sun ZFS yes
Sun ZFS (pool on Solaris) yes
iSCSI - new in VDI 3.4
Network File System new in VDI 3.4.1
new in VDI 3.4
Local Storage new in VDI 3.4.1
new in VDI 3.4

Monday May 21, 2012

More Storage Options for VDI 3.4

Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4 has been released. This time we focused on the storage area. Until now Solaris ZFS and Oracle OpenStorage had been the primary storage solutions for VDI. In fact it was the only option for VDI with the hypervisor VirtualBox. Now you can connect almost any storage solution in combination with VirtualBox.

I am going to update my VDI Overview presentation for 3.4.  But here is a sneak preview with the updates in the storage layer:

Oracle VDI 3.4 layers

In more detail we have:

Storage Type VDI 3.4
VirtualBox on Solaris
VDI 3.4
VirtualBox on Enterprise Linux
Sun ZFS yes
Sun ZFS (pool on Solaris) yes
iSCSI - new
Network File System new in 3.4.1
Local Storage new in 3.4.1

But there is more. Read about multimedia and security enhancements in Sun Ray Software 5.3 and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1.

Wednesday Aug 11, 2010

Oracle VDI 3.2 - Features and Screenshots

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:

Oracle VDI 3.2 Login

Pool Settings in VDI Manager:

Oracle VDI 3.2 Pool Settings

Desktop Login:

Oracle VDI 3.2 User Login

Available Desktops:

Oracle VDI 3.2 Available Desktops

(Now you know where the background for my blog is coming from.)

More Info on VDI 3.2

Monday Nov 23, 2009

How to store the Big Bang

The best photo I've ever seen of a StorageTek unit:

"An automated magnetic tape vault at CERN computer center, seen on September 15th, 2008. The tapes are used to store the complete LHC data set, from which a fraction of the data is copied to overlying disk caches for fast and widespread access. The handling of the magnetic tape cartridges is now fully automated, as they are racked in vaults where they are moved between the storage shelves and the tape drives by robotic arms. (Claudia Marcelloni, Maximilien Brice, © CERN)" via The Boston Globe

This and other awesome photos have been posted to twitter over the weekend, because the Large Hadron Collider was finally switched on – and will produce tons of data about zillions of hardly existing particles. Yet another special form of virtualization!

Wednesday Dec 03, 2008

Build your own Thumper

originally blogged by Tino Rachui

Thumper (aka Sun Fire X4500) is an incredible device everybody should have one. You can't afford one?  Well build one yourself. You think I'm kidding? Then look at this amazing demonstration of what is possible with ZFS and a bunch of USB sticks. It's here on YouTube (sorry it's in German only).


Hi Tino,

there is an english version of this video.

And thanks for the link,

Gesendet von Sebastian am Dezember 04, 2008 at 11:57 AM MEZ #



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