A Look at Solid ICE V4.1By Frank Ohlhorst | Print
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
Qumranet's Solid ICE aims to bring low-cost, hosted desktop virtualization to businesses via the KVM standard.
Solid ICE takes part of its name from the acronym ICE, which stands for Independent Computing Environment, a technological description that promotes the hosting of desktops in KVM virtual machines on servers in the corporate data center, and allows users to connect to them via a remote protocol called SPICE (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments). KVM is an open-source hypervisor project using technology that Qumranet created, maintains and sponsors.
Solid ICE delivers the ideology of ICE via the SPICE protocol using KVM as the enabler for desktop virtualization via TCP/IP. What's important to notice here is the open-source status of KVM, a virtualization technology that has enticed the likes of Ubuntu to adopt it as a standard virtualization solution.The primary components of Solid ICE include a VDS (Virtual Desktop Server), VDC (Virtual Desktop Controller) and SPICE.
Benefits for the enterprise of deploying Solid ICE:
· Centralized management
· Reduced desk-side visits
· High availability
· Robust desktop image management capabilities
· Access to a fully functional enterprise desktop from anywhere
· Significantly reduced downtime
· Multiple desktops on demand
· Computing power on demand