A month ago, I wrote about the release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, but couldn't spend any quality time with it because of the post-BriForum video work that needs done after every show. Now that we're about to wrap that work up, I want to do a write-up similar to what I did for Virtual Bridges VERDE earlier this year. Before I break out the lab, I figured I'd get an idea of what you all would like to see.
What's interesting to me is to see what's changed since Red Hat bought Qumranet in 2008 (!) and morphed SolidICE into what is now RHEV for Desktops. Of course, no write-up would be complete without a good look at the SPICE protocol, which is sort of an enigma since it's been absent from the VDI landscape for about 18 months. Nonetheless, I'm excited to get my hands on it again to see if it remains a viable option in the world of PCoIP, RemoteFX, EOP Xtream, and HDX.
Here's a list of the things I plan to take a brief look at:
- Hypervisor (it's KVM, but if I uncover anything interesting about RHEV, I'll make note of it)
- Supported OSes
- Active Directory integration
- Storage & provisioning
- Load balancing, clustering, session brokering
- Distributed capabilities (branch offices, offline, etc…)
- Protocol (SPICE for sure, but does it do RDP, too?)
- User environment, data, and profiles
So, if there's anything you know I should be looking for that's not on the list, or if there's something you want me to specifically look at, let me know. Once the BriForum videos are done, it's my first order of business, so look for the rundown in a few weeks.