Having 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.
This is my last Sun post, as the Sun Oracle integration takes another step forward tomorrow with the Legal Entity Combination of the UK entities. In the coming weeks there’s new systems to learn and integrate with as well as finding out what the longer term goals are and how I fit in.
This road has been long, with the initial Sun-IBM rumours breaking a year ago and the eventual Oracle offer in April. Having seen other Oracle acquisitions I know that it takes 12 to 18 months for real change and development to occur, so expect that to be the same in this case – although I hope that the last 9 months of planning were used very productively 😉
I’m excited that Oracle has a large marketing presence and hope that the Sun technology, innovation and engineers get more than their fair share of deserved exposure.
I also hope that Sun Ray technology is shown to more users and business buyers. Others think so too. Just image what Oracle could do with this internally for the 85,000 employees (pre Sun) in terms of power savings – as units use just 5% of what a normal desktop computer uses.
Although you don’t have to run just Oracle Solaris on them, as these success stories from ResMed, Screwfix and Microsoft demonstrate. In the ResMed example, they had a return on investment within 12 months and saved an estimated $270,000 all while providing a variety of users with a highly flexible, highly secure virtual desktop environment. There are many more Sun Ray stories here.
Even better still if the Oracle users were migrated off Windows imagine the savings in licence fees!
I’m proud to have been part of the blogs.sun.com community and grow what has undoubtedly been one of the foremost blogging sites. I’m also both excited and a little nervous about the future. Not sure if I’ll continue to blog here or move elsewhere as others have done.
To misquote The Bard: “Alas poor Sun Microsystems! I knew him “.
The only thing constant is change1 (and death and taxes) and that quote seems very appropriate lately with Sun becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle. But that is only the starter:
- Oracle announced the Sun Strategy last week in a mammoth 5 hour presentation – of which you can grab highlights here.
I’ve only had a chance to review part of them but the one that most excites me is on Office Productivity centered around OpenOffice and StarOffice. The future OracleOffice suite will also include web and mobile versions, and integrate to EPM and content management, giving an integrated solution on Unix, Mac, Linux and Windows. All while embracing the ODF document standards.
I’m probably luckier than most Sun employees as I’ve seen the changes that occurred with the Hyperion acquistion into Oracle. As a long time essbase and Hyperion user, I’ve seen the transition, timetables and outputs that
occurred. It was very gradual and there was much learning from both sides.
I’ve also seen how Microsoft Office focused the Hyperion product set has been, which hasn’t been easy working at Sun Microsystems and utilising UNIX.
But one of the great things is that with an open platform such as OpenOffice anyone can develop extensions. Applied OLAP did just that and created an essbase plugin which mirrored the MSOffice equivalent.
I’ve updated my blog design to reflect the new Oracle colours and will try to blog more about BI and EPM items, but also keeping an Oracle product focus.
As the Sun folks become more integrated with Oracle, there’s bound to be more change and learning along with it. I’m excited by it but also a little bit nervous. We’ve all got a lot to learn.
1.From Heraclitus, "Nothing endures but change".
Hot on the heels of the previous WSJ ads is this teaser for launch 15th Sept @1PM PST:
What is it? this is the blurb from the teaser: "the world’s first OLTP database machine with Sun FlashFire technology"
It’s great to see some collaboration and new technology 😉
You can sign up for the webcast here.