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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.

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.

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

"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.”