Category Archives: Sun Ray

sun ray – end of an era

sunray1GHaving spent most of 2000 – 2010 using Sun Ray machines for everyday working, you can forgive me if I’m not a little sad that these great tech machines have been EOL’d and are no longer available for purchase.

The Sun Ray was a networked display device, with applications running on the server – which meant you could go from machine to machine with just a smart card and your session would pop up. It was the ultimate portable computer, as long as you had a networked machine to plug into.

With Secure Global Desktop, Virtualbox and Oracle Virtualization technologies, it was always a crowded space within Oracle and with the switch to tablets, mobile and cloud computing it makes sense to let software connect to virtual sessions, rather than tie to a physical box on a desk you had to plug into.

Now you can use laptops, phones and tablets to seamlessly connect to any session, whether you’re at your desk or on the move.


great demo of Oracle VDI

I don’t normally repost someone else’s blog, but this is a good occasion. Think Thin (no relation) shows the quickness and speed of the latest Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in a 5 minute demo.

He demonstrates how easy it is to login and run different clients using Oracle VDI 3.2 from his mac using the same software that I use to connect to internal Sun Ray servers for work.  Scott was right, the network is the computer these days.

There was also a very interesting webcast by John Fowler and  Edward Screven recently, you can catch the replay here:  (registration required) and also catch up all the Virtualization news at the main Oracle site.

Happy viewing 😉

extending Sun Ray reach

Sun Ray technology is one I have always been a fan of and with the latest release of software (both server and client) there’s good news.

Sun Ray Software 5 improves on the previous version by adding Oracle Enterprise Linux as a platform (along with the existing Solaris, Windows, SLES and RHEL).

It also adds support for upstream audio, smart card support for Oracle Virtual Desktop Clients and allows Sun Ray Clients to be used as a client with the VMware View 4 virtual desktop infrastructure product.

The new Oracle Virtual Desktop Client software now has a Mac version and has been updated to support hotdesking and enhanced Windows multimedia applications.

Oracle Virtual Desktop Client Mac screenshot

Launching the client is easy, just enter the server name and away you go. Note, if you’re on a slow connection you may need to enable compression (under the network tab).

More info is available on the Think Thin blog.

If you’ve never seen a Sun Ray, check out the recent Oracle TechCast recording, there’s also other TechCasts on Oracle Solaris Virtualization and Desktop to Datacenter Virtualization.

So if you’re interested in saving energy (at 4 to 15 watts depending on model) and never having to worry about the PC refresh and upgrade cycles then check out Sun Ray technology today.

If this gets you excited then mark your calendars for the following event: on August 19th from 9 AM until 3 PM, Oracle will be hosting an Online Virtualization Forum that covers our v12n technology from the Desktop to the Datacenter.  The panel consists of former Sun hardware guru and now Oracle’s Executive Vice President of Systems John Fowler and Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven.

Some cool Sun Ray news

For those not in the know, Sun Ray is a thin client technology provided by Sun, with no local disk storage and they are totally stateless.

These very smart, very low power consuming machines (4 watts!) or integrated monitors allow you to keep a session (Solaris, Windows, Linux) running on the server and access at each machine you insert your java card. 

This allows you to do some work, pull out your card, walk over to a colleagues desk or meeting room and insert your card and pull up the same session.

Now that the intro is done . . . Microsoft have embraced this technology at their Enterprise Engineering Center (EEC). More info here.

Now the other piece of cool news:  Sun Ray Soft Client is now available as part of the Sun Ray Software 5 Early Access program:

The Sun Ray Soft Client is a software
application that easily installs on common client operating systems and
provides the ability to connect to a Sun Ray server and initiate a Sun
Ray desktop session from a Windows laptop or desktop computer. The Sun Ray Soft Client also provides the flexibility to
‘hotdesk’ to and from your Sun Ray thin client and any supported Sun
Ray Soft Client enabled PC. Currently available for Windows only.