Sun VDI 3 - What is it about - Highlights

Well, talking about the highlights, can be a short story or quite a long story. But this of course depends on the level of detail. My plan is to stay high-level for now and then dive into the architecture later and explain the Sun VDI 3 step by step.

So what is new with the upcoming release:

Sun VDI 3 = SRSS + SRWC + VDC

In comparison to the last release SUN VDI 3 is now a single product built out of Sun Ray Server software, the Sun Ray Windows Connector and the VDI Broker. The whole installation and configuration process is streamlined and drastically simplified.

A new hypervisor: xVM VirtualBox

The new release introduces xVM VirtualBox as an alternative hypervisor for VDI. VirtualBox allows to run Windows desktop as well as Linux or Solaris desktops, all under a VDI type deployment accessed through RDP and ALP remote protocols.

Linked Cloning: Sun VDI 3 plus Unified Storage.

Sun VDI 3 utilizes directly the capabilities of the ZFS file system. This includes linked clones and the related storage saving. Specifically the direct support of the recently released Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems makes this a very interesting combination.

Extended client support

Besides Sun Ray clients it is also possible to access virtual desktops directly through Windows RDP clients. This increases the deployment options dramatically and also simplifies deployment scenarios including Secure Global Desktop.

And of course there is the Active Directory integration, Sun Ray token management, increased scalability for the VMware Virtual Infrastructure, multiple desktops per user, an embedded MySQL cluster and many other things. I will detail this in subsequent postings.

-Dirk

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Comments:

We're really interested in a VDI solution on my campus. However, RDP audio/video sync is a huge problem (we teach multimedia journalism, Radio-TV-Film, etc. so yes, we need "youtube to work"). Is there any chance VDI skips RDP and gives VM console access some other way?

Charles

Posted by Charles Soto on February 06, 2009 at 09:08 AM CET #

The 'youtube' problem will be handled by the next release of the underlying Sun Ray software, at least for the Windows guest platform. This will happen within this year, when exactly needs to be determined. Watch for announcements of the next Sun Ray software beta program to validate.
-Dirk

Posted by Dirk Grobler on February 06, 2009 at 09:38 AM CET #

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