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Oracle broadens its desktop virtualization reach with VDI 3.2

Oracle, after its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems, looks to be creating its own desktop virtualization journey by continuing to leverage the work first started by Sun.

In June Oracle announced an update to the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) software.  With this version 3.1.1 release, Oracle advanced the VDI ball forward with a host of VirtualBox bug fixes and additional support for Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Hyper-V.

This week Oracle announced the release of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2, and is saying it now offers the most comprehensive desktop-to-data center virtualization solutions in the industry. The company boasts its portfolio can manage the full hardware and software stack from applications to disk, including Sun Ray Clients, a virtual desktop broker and virtualization platform, operating systems, servers, storage, and applications.

"This release of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is further evidence of Oracle's commitment to providing a complete portfolio of virtualization solutions that helps reduce costs and leverages existing IT resources," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle.  "The latest improvements in scalability, multimedia, and administration can help remove the barrier to entry for organizations considering virtual desktop architectures, and allow them to increase IT efficiency and flexibility."

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What's interesting is that Oracle isn't using Oracle VM but VirtualBox as their platform of choice.  And, while they support Hyper-V and VMware VI3 and vSphere as alternative hypervisor platforms, they don't offer their full guest operating system platform support for anything other than VirtualBox.

Read more about this on my InfoWorld Virtualization Report article.

Published Friday, August 13, 2010 1:06 PM by David Marshall
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