Sun VDI 3 - What is it about - Highlights
By MrDGrobler on Feb 05, 2009
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.