Oracle Upgrades Its Sun Ray Thin Clients

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-02 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Yet another indicator that the long-awaited trend toward the widespread adoption of desktop virtualization may finally be happening, Oracle on June 2 introduced the Sun Ray 3 Plus Client, which runs on Oracle's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure software.

It's been about five months since Oracle took over Sun Microsystems, but it still is strange to report that the world's third-largest software company is producing IT hardware products.

Yet another indicator that the long-awaited trend toward the widespread adoption of desktop virtualization may finally be happening, Oracle on June 2 introduced the Sun Ray 3 Plus Client, which runs on Oracle's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure software.

The new machine is the newest addition to Oracle's growing desktop virtualization portfolio, which also includes Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VM VirtualBox.

The Sun Ray 3 Plus features support for Windows 7 virtual desktops, support for larger displays (native support for up to two 30-inch displays with 2,560-by-1,600 resolution) and an Energy Star 5.0 rating for pulling less power from the wall than previous versions, Oracle said.

Sun Ray 3 also features an improved security apparatus, including native support for fiber optic networking via a Small Form Pluggable (SFP) connection module, which provides a more secure environment than conventional copper Ethernet, Oracle said.

All Sun Ray thin clients can display server-hosted, centrally managed Windows, Linux or Oracle Solaris desktops.

On the software side, Oracle's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.1.1 serves as the central administrator for virtualized Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris environments hosted in the data center.

Enhancements in v3.1.1, according to Oracle, include wider platform support (allowing use of Windows 7 as a virtual desktop operating system); increased networking flexibility (VLAN support for Microsoft Hyper-V); and less latency, thanks to the new Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2 host.

In the thin-client business overall, established companies such as Citrix, Wyse, VMware and nComputing are reporting sharply improving sales, and startups such as Kaviza are also experiencing a lot of interest from potential customers.

 


 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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