Sun Microsystems and RingCube are joining forces to offer Sun Ray users more options when deploying a desktop virtualization environment. RingCube's vDesk product brings a number of features to the table, including the ability for users to use their VDI environments offline, and to synchronize those environments with portable storage devices, including USB drives, or PCs and notebooks.
When RingCube Technologies unveiled version 2.0 of its vDesk desktop
virtualization platform in May, company officials said they wanted to
differentiate their technology from that of VDI (virtual desktop
Now RingCube is partnering with Sun Microsystems and integrating vDesk
with Sun's VDI offering.
The two companies are announcing the collaboration June 29.
The partnership will bring to enterprises that are using Sun's Sun
Ray VDI technology the ability to more effectively and cheaply roll out
personalized virtual desktops, let users work offline and synchronize
their VDI environment and portable storage devices, PCs or laptops.
It combines the Appliance Link Protocol-for deploying VDI
environments over WANs-in Sun Rays with RingCube's vDesk, according to
Doug Dooley, vice president of product management and marketing at
"Our combined solution provides enterprise customers with mobile
work forces the benefits of personalized 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 personalized virtual
workspace-including their own settings, files, applications and
desktop-and the company's MobileSync technology lets users synchronize
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 WVE (Workspace
Virtualization Engine). The technology separates the user's desktop
environment from the 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 virtualization 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 personalization without
introducing unnecessary complexity or costs," Horton said in a