Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2 Now Available

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Oracle has announced Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2. Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a complete management, hosting and access solution for virtualized desktops hosted in the data center. By enabling standardized virtual desktop images, Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure helps reduce administration overhead, lover total cost of ownership and increase security.

New features in Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2 include global hot-desking, multi-company capabilities, enhanced video and audio capabilities and administrative enhancements. Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2 is part of Oracle Virtualization, the industry's most complete virtualization portfolio - from desktop-to-data center.

Additionally, Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2 offers a broad choice of virtual desktop operating systems including Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop; a built-in virtualization host optimized for virtual machines running desktop operating systems, which can also integrate with VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V; and support for Oracle Sun Ray Clients and most modern PC and Macs.

As far as the areas where virtual desktops are getting the fastest uptake, Oracle says customers needing better security for their data and access from many different locations and devices have been the traditional adopters. More recently, though, it is seeing customers turning to desktop virtualization to address increasing user counts and reduced IT resources. Since desktop virtualization lets customers manage more desktops with less effort, companies with budgetary pressures have become very interested in the approach.

The most exciting emerging use case for desktop virtualization, according to Oracle, is general purpose corporate computing. Whereas call centers and healthcare have had obvious needs and have worked with this technology for a while, the effectiveness of server virtualization has caused traditional corporate IT departments to now look at desktop virtualization to help solve their desktop management issues. The technology in desktop virtualization for video playback and audio has gotten to the point where the typical corporate user can use a virtual desktop as effectively as a traditional desktop, says Oracle.

"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," states Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, 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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