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New Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 3 Boosts Virtualization Flexibility, Significantly Reducing Storage Consumption And Costs


Open Architecture Expands Choices for Virtual Desktop Operating Systems, Client Devices and Virtualization Hosts

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced the availability of Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software 3, which provides new enhancements and features to help companies maximize their IT infrastructure utilization and improve manageability of desktop deployments. Sun VDI Software 3 offers ground-breaking VDI storage economics, built-in virtualization capabilities, and support for a wide variety of virtual desktop operating systems. The open architecture of Sun VDI Software 3 now gives users access to a broader choice of client devices and virtualization hosts -- increasing flexibility, management efficiency and data security. Sun VDI Software 3 is available for purchase immediately and a free trial of the software can be downloaded at:

Sun VDI Software 3 represents a seamless solution, leveraging core open source technologies including Sun’s Open Storage, OpenSolaris, VirtualBox and MySQL. With Sun VDI Software 3, customers can deploy a number of virtual desktop operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, OpenSolaris and Ubuntu, and access these operating systems from a variety of client devices -- such as traditional PCs or Macs, energy-efficient Sun Ray thin clients, or thin clients from other vendors. In addition, to host virtual desktop environments, IT architects can opt to use the improved integration with VMware Infrastructure, leverage Sun built-in virtualization, or use a mixture of the two.

“The open architecture of our Sun VDI Software 3 creates a new dimension of choice and integration with Sun’s high-performing Open Storage systems,” said Jim McHugh, Vice President of Datacenter Marketing, Sun Microsystems. “Customers can now increase the utilization of existing IT assets; gain greater flexibility in client, desktop operating systems and host virtualization; increase scalability and simplify management; and mitigate the #1 issue facing all VDI deployments -- the cost of storage. In today’s volatile economy, these advantages and capabilities can bring significant benefits to virtualization customers.”

Sun VDI Software 3 has exceptional management capabilities, resulting in lower equipment costs, less energy consumption, reduced system cooling requirements, simplified system administration and reduced e-waste. Since desktops are centrally hosted, only the display is sent to the client device; critical data never leaves the corporate network and can be managed and backed up by IT. Moreover, built-in Sun Ray technology support takes advantage of the excellent performance and inherent security features of Sun Ray thin clients, which contain no resident operating system or applications -- making them virtually immune to client-side viruses.

Additional Sun VDI Software 3 features include:

* Integration with Solaris ZFS and Open Storage: Enables superior data integrity for business continuity and exceptional data throughput in an economical storage footprint with simplified management design. When coupled with a Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System or other Open Storage architecture, Sun VDI Software 3 can significantly reduce storage consumption and costs.
* Expanded VMware support: Enables customers to rapidly and efficiently scale larger deployments of Sun VDI Software paired with VMware Infrastructure.
* Active Directory support: Permits customers to easily assign virtual desktops to users in Active Directory.
* Built-in support for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) clients: Allows customers to connect directly to a Sun VDI Software 3 server from nearly any RDP-enabled device, without installing any software on the client.
* Streamlined, simplified installation: Provides a single installer for the core components to reduce complexity.

Sun VDI Software Customers Go Green and Save Big Bucks

Northern Arizona University leveraged its Sun virtualization solution to provide flexible access to Windows and UNIX desktops - without adding staff or expanding lab space. The university also reduced its energy requirements and costs, reaping a 95 percent savings in electrical costs and carbon footprint by migrating from PCs to Sun Ray thin clients. In addition, all of the Sun equipment purchased since 2002 is still in production.

“I am really impressed with Sun VDI Software 3,” said Richard Toeniskoetter, Technology Director, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University. “The open architecture will provide us with a broad choice of client device, virtualization host and virtual desktop OS. That’s really important to us at NAU because flexible access to Windows and Unix desktops, some of which have been in production for over seven years, maximizes our IT utilization and simplifies our management.”

Sun’s Comprehensive Virtualization Products and Services

Sun offers a complete desktop-to-datacenter virtualization product and services portfolio, which includes solutions and services for both the management and virtualization of operating systems, servers, storage, networking, desktops and applications. With proven virtualization service expertise, Sun helps customers deploy new services faster, maximize the utilization of system resources, and more easily monitor and manage virtualized environments. Sun’s end-to-end virtualization services help enterprises scale their business while improving efficiency and transforming their IT environment into a dynamic datacenter. For more information:

Pricing and Availability

Sun VDI Software 3 is available today and offers flexible subscription-based pricing as low as $40* per user/per year, as a discounted price off the U.S. list price for pre-pay and multi-year purchases. More information on Sun VDI Software 3 and other Sun Virtual Desktop Solutions can be found at:
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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