Sun Ray Users Get More Options With RingCube Desktop Virtualisation

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Sun Microsystems and RingCube are joining forces to offer Sun Ray users more options when deploying a desktop virtualisation environment.

RingCube’s vDesk product brings a number of features to the table for the thin-client platform, including the ability for users to access their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments offline, and to synchronise those environments with portable storage devices, including USB drives, or PCs and notebooks.

When RingCube Technologies unveiled version 2.0 of its vDesk desktop virtualisation platform in May, company officials said they wanted to differentiate their technology from that of VDI vendors.

Now RingCube is partnering with Sun Microsystems and integrating vDesk with Sun’s VDI offering.

The two companies are announcing the collaboration 29 June.

The partnership will bring to enterprises that are using Sun’s Sun Ray VDI technology the ability to more effectively and cheaply roll out personalised virtual desktops, let users work offline and synchronise their VDI environment and portable storage devices, PCs or laptops.

It combines the Appliance Link Protocol – for deploying VDI environments over wide area networks (WANs) – in Sun Rays with RingCube’s vDesk, according to Doug Dooley, vice president of product management and marketing at RingCube.

“Our combined solution provides enterprise customers with mobile workforces the benefits of personalised desktops and offline mobility in their VDI deployments with lower operational and capital expenditures,” Dooley said in a statement.

RingCube’s vDesk enables enterprise users to put the technology on their work PCs or on unmanaged systems, such as their home computers. When they turn on vDesk, it gives them a personalised virtual workspace – including their own settings, files, applications and desktop – and the company’s MobileSync technology lets users synchronise their vDesk workspace between PCs, USB drives or other portable media, a network file share or VDI environments.

Using MobileSync, users can bring their vDesk workspace to an offline device and, once back online, check in their vDesk workspace through the VDI. MobileSync ensures that those working offline get the same desktop experience for those working online.

A key to RingCube’s vDesk is the technology’s Workspace Virtualisation Engine (WVE). The technology separates the user’s desktop environment from the operating system (OS), putting it into secure containers. WVE also offers a lightweight virtual desktop, which includes an isolated network stack and support for such applications as endpoint security, databases and PC management software.

RingCube officials argued in May that the vDesk solution offers greater flexibility and lower costs than traditional VDI products. Combining it with Sun’s VDI offering gives Sun Ray users more options for virtual desktop environments, according to Jennifer Horton, director of desktop virtualisation at Sun.

“By leveraging RingCube’s vDesk master workspace concept to manage user profiles rather than modifying the underlying virtual machine templates, our customers can provide users with personalisation without introducing unnecessary complexity or costs,” Horton said in a statement.

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