New series: The what, why, and how of Sun VDI Software
By Chris Kawalek on Oct 29, 2007
If you tried googling "Sun VDI" a few weeks ago you would have gotten references to this blog and a small smattering of other stories. If you try doing it now, you'll find that we introduced Sun
xVM Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 1.0 at VMworld and you may even see that it is now described on sun.com.
So, what is it and why is it cool? I'm going to outline some details about Sun
xVM VDI Software in the next few blog entries.
#1 - What is Sun
xVM VDI Software?
There's been a growing wave of excitement around VDI because it solves some of the fundamental problems of managing desktop systems. IT wants to centralize applications and deliver them over the network (the original client server model with simple terminals turns out to be the easiest way to manage applications), but the users want a rich graphical user experience and a dedicated environment that they can manipulate as they please, just like a full desktop computer. Up until now, these two things were mutually exclusive.
With the emergence of VDI, users can now have dedicated virtual machines running on servers in the data center where IT can manage them properly. Users will be able to run nearly all of their applications just as if they were on a desktop system, but they won't have the burden of managing that system. They can use existing PCs (still a bit of management there, unfortunately), or completely stripped down terminals like our Sun Ray virtual display clients. Sun
xVM VDI Software provides a rich delivery mechanism for getting these centralized desktops to end users in these VDI style deployments by leveraging two mature products in this space: Sun Secure Global Desktop Software and Sun Ray Software.