Release: Sun VDI 2.0

Not even six months ago Sun was entering the crowded VDI market with its own connection broker: VDI 1.0.

Today the company already launches the version 2.0.

The most important feature offered in this new version is the support for VMware Infrastructure 3.5 and the availability of template-based pools for specified groups of users.

Sun stays mum about when it will introduce support for its upcoming hypervisor xVM Server.

Sun VDI 2.0 starts at US$149 per concurrent user with basic support. A trial is available here.

At this point the Sun strategy on VDI is puzzling: instead of waiting for the release of xVM Server and deliver a VDI 2.0 that supports it, the company prefers to go to the market early supporting its future competitor VMware. (which already offers its own connection broker).

While the Sun connection broker may have valueble capabilities it seems very unlikely that an existing VMware customer snoob the recently released Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM) 2.0 to adopt VDI 2.0.

The Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.