VMWare just added another dot release to its top-of-the-line desktop virtualization software, View. VMware View 4.6 combines a boatload of bug fixes (over 160 in all) and a handful of new features into a new package. One of the bigger additions is VMware View Security Server support for PCoIP, which allows for a simple, secure remote connection and authentication to a user's desktop sans the requirement for enterprise-class SSL VPNs, VMware says.
Enterprise networking specialist Force10 Networks on Wednesday announced what it claims is the industry's first switch purpose-built for dynamic virtualized datacenter environments.
The new 1RU S60 comes equipped with 48 wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet ports (44 10/100/1000 Base TX and four SFP) and up to four 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks for hooking up with core switches, or for stacking.
Other features include support for packet buffer of 1.25GB, an auto-configuration feature to simplify switch provisioning, and the ability to stack up to 12 S60s to be managed as a single logical switch.
The S60 starts at $10,595 and will be available by the end of the month.
Wyse on Tuesday announced its new thin clients and new zero client will support VMware View 4 and its PC-over-IP (PCoIP) display protocol. Both of these devices are expected to be listed on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), Wyse said.
"We have been relentlessly addressing the needs of end users for many years now, and with the introduction of the Wyse P class we have successfully addressed many of the challenges in rolling out a client virtualization model to high-end specialty workers," said Curt Schwebke, CTO at Wyse. "Designers, scientists, architects, engineers, and artists will be able to run their most sophisticated applications on a virtual client that uses as much energy as a small light bulb."
The company's existing devices will support PCoIP when View 4 is released later this month. Wyse also said it will offer support of View 4 in its Wyse PocketCloud software enabling users of Apple iPhones to access a View 4 environment from their smartphone.
If this is the first time you've heard of VirtualBox, there's a good chance it won't be your last. The open-source virtual machine software, now owned by Sun, is giving the likes of VMWare Workstation a run for its money, and with the release of VirtualBox 3, the VM now supports experimental 3D graphics.
Not entirely new, developers have been slowly adding support for accelerated 3D graphics, and with the latest release, it's possible to run Direct3D 8 and 9 games or applications. That's in addition to OpenGL support.
Other new features and fixes include a revamped settings dialog, the addition of a minimalistic toolbar for seamless and full-screen mode, Windows 7 Remote Desktop Protocol client support, fixed TX checksum offloading for Linux kernal 2.16.8 or higher, fixed USB dongles issues, and lots more.