Cool! Can we use it for VDI?

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The Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems, a.k.a Amber Road, launch is today. You can read through all kinds of amazing product info and you can watch a live webcast of the launch.

This is really interesting for us on the desktop side because storage is a big hurdle for VDI deployments.  Sun is introducing an amazing storage platform leveraging ZFS and ISCSI, two technologies that will have a big impact (both in terms of performance and cost reductions) for us in the VDI world. They are eco-friendly, too, using about 75% less power than competing systems. A 4 watt client device (like our Sun Ray clients) is great, but isn't it a problem if your backend systems are consuming gobs of power? Now they don't have to! Add in DTrace Analytics, ZFS Snapshots, clustering, and so on, and we're looking at a serious platform for VDI storage.

I'll be writing more about this as we get closer to launch, but the next version of Sun VDI Software (now in early access) cozies up really nice to these devices, and Open Storage in general.

Bringing storage cost in line is a large goal of ours, and our position as part of the larger Sun engine puts us in an amazing spot to bring the best value to VDI customers. Stay tuned for more!

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