Oracle launches ‘industry-first’ single-vendor VDI

New releases of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray plug solution gaps

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Oracle launches ‘industry-first’ single-vendor VDI Oracle claims ‘the industry’s first complete, single vendor desktop virtualisation solution’.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 20, 2013

Oracle this week announced the availability of the latest releases of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Software, both of which now include integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Oracle said the product set constitutes "the industry's first complete, single vendor desktop virtualisation solution that spans hardware, software, and enterprise-class management".

New features in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure product enable scaling of production installations from a single server up to a complete enterprise deployment by simply adding more servers as needed. The desktop infrastructure now also supports Windows 8- and Ubuntu 12.04-based virtual machines. In addition, the new releases of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Software now support Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Solaris 11.

Oracle identified key improvements in Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.5 and Sun Ray Software 5.4 as including enhanced management and "simplified deployment and easy scalability". The company also claimed improved handling of virtual desktop data, including separation of data from virtual desktop images; administrative enhancements, including the scheduling of the time and date when new virtual desktop templates are published; and improved security, with a new IPsec option providing encryption levels up to AES-256, securing communication between Sun Ray Clients and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Software servers. Linux-based deployments now provide smart card capabilities for Windows virtual desktops, including two-factor authentication, PIN login, and identity and signature services.

"Only Oracle offers a comprehensive solution to deliver and manage virtual desktop environments, along with the enterprise applications they access, from a single console," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualisation Engineering, Oracle.

"The latest enhancements to Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Software, and the integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager, help customers more easily deploy and manage virtual desktops securely from multiple locations and devices."

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