Red Hat's SPICE 0.14.3 Remote Display System Now Supports Microsoft Windows

The SPICE remote display system developed by Red Hat is up to version 0.14.3 with a few prominent additions.

The Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments (SPICE) is an important part of the Linux desktop virtualization stack and supported by the likes of KVM/QEMU, Xspice, and oVirt. With today's SPICE 0.14.3 now comes support for supporting Microsoft Windows guests.

This Windows capability allows for the QEMU Windows build to be built with SPICE support and everything should "just work" for remote display. The other big change is WebSockets support for the SPICE-HTML5 code-path in now allowing that to work without needing a proxy.

SPICE 0.14.3 also has fixes for ARM hard-float and POWER PPC64EL, fixes for big endian systems such as MIPS, crash fixes for buggy guest drivers, support for querying available video codecs, and various other fixes.

SPICE 0.14.3 and the complete list of highlights for this release can be found via FreeDesktop.org.

Posted in Virtualization Friday, February 28th, 2020 by Admin

Special offer for new customers: UDS Competitive Upgrade

The UDS Enterprise team announces the launch of a new subscription mode for the connection broker. It has been designed to help those organizations that already have a VDI project from another manufacturer and want to migrate to a new, more efficient and cost-effective technology: UDS Enterprise.

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Posted in UDS Enterprise Thursday, February 27th, 2020 by Admin

When Is VDI the Best Fit for Local Governments in 2020?

Although virtual desktop infrastructure existed for more than a decade, VDI is only now starting to take off for state and local governments. Interest in VDI among government agencies is finally widespread and growing. 

“Traditionally, a lot of us are used to having a laptop in front of us or a physical desktop in front of us to do our work,” says Sachin Sharma, senior product line marketing manager at VMware. 

That’s often still the case with VDI, but instead of data, licenses and software being housed on physical machines, they’re located in an on-premises server. As such, they can be accessed from almost any device (provided the user can log in with the right credentials). 

This demand for virtual desktops has also led to an increased interest in using an interest in using flexible infrastructure rather than keeping data localized, including using Desktop as a Service (DaaS), which operates on the same concept of moving information off physical machines, storing it and deploying it from the cloud.

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Posted in VDI Friday, February 21th, 2020 by Admin