Oracle Releases Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.3

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Customers can now choose either Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris on which to deploy Oracle VDI.

Continuing to enhance its desktop virtualization portfolio, Oracle announced Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.3, which features an enhanced administration portal with role-based access control, introduces Oracle Linux as a supported host platform and delivers increased performance.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is designed for managing and accessing virtualized desktops hosted in the data center. Through centralizing the hosting and management of users' desktops, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure helps reduce administration overhead, lower total cost of ownership and increase security, the company said. Customers can now choose either Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris on which to deploy Oracle VDI.

Guest support includes the latest Oracle Solaris, Microsoft Windows and other Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu 11.04, and a new "kiosk mode" allows for locked down, full screen applications such as Web browsers with no user-accessible operating system. The upgrade also includes a new asynchronous I/O model that enables increased virtual machine performance with increased scalability that supports up to 100,000 users per VDI cluster with multiple clusters via a global catalog.

Other upgrades include new controls to allow administrators to constrain virtual machines from over-using system resources, enhanced multimedia capabilities enable a complete, optimized Windows Media Player experience for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, real-time audio that provides USB headset support for specific devices and Appliance Link Protocol, which optimizes the audio channels to meet application demands, improving audio quality and helping to reduce network bandwidth consumption.

Other capabilities include an enhanced management interface with role-based administration support, as well as fine-grain administration at the desktop, company and global levels to enable delegated control. For example, this allows an IT department to manage multiple business units with differing needs, or a service provider to manage multiple customers within a single Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure deployment.

"Oracle continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation in its desktop virtualization portfolio with the latest release of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. "The new and improved capabilities in Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.3 enhance virtual desktop environments by delivering more performance, manageability and flexibility. As a result, our customers can benefit from lower overhead and a higher return on investment."