Monday Aug 17, 2009

The Little Sun Ray That Cloud

Yes, cloud.  Not a typo.  What do you get when you combine a low cost netbook and the upcoming Sun Desktop Access Client?  You get a ton of computing power in a very small form factor that can go anywhere accessing powerful servers and Windows, Linux, and OpenSolaris VM's safely in your data center or cloud.  How's that for VDI in the clouds?

(WiiMote shown for scale)

Friday Apr 24, 2009

Sun VDI 3 = Choice

Here's a quick video I made showing the different supported OS choices available only with Sun VDI 3.  I mention "supported" because you can make any OS VirtualBox supports into a VDI solution, but we officially support XP, Vista, Win2KPro, Ubuntu, and OpenSolaris.  "Supported" means you can place a service call if something is not operating as advertised.  Note the "Full PC" experience of the boot and shut down for each OS.   I'll be cleaning this up a bit by making it shorter and adding some tunes (server was right next to me while filming so I removed the original audio track).

Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

Desktop Dinner II

We are planning another desktop dinner during CEC.  If you are coming to CEC and are a desktop person (or a fan of Sun Ray, SGD, Sun VDI, or this blog), leave me a comment or send me some mail (  I'll post the location and final time and date when we get final word.  We are trying to narrow it down to Monday or Tuesday night.  Looking forward to see my virtual desktop friends once again from across the globe.  #goodtimes

Monday Sep 15, 2008

VMWorld Booth 1108

That's were you'll find me if you happen to be attending VMWorld.  I'm easy to spot as I think only Joost is taller than me, and I've got far more hair.  Sure, it's receding, but it's still there.  Mostly.

Sunday Sep 07, 2008

More Examples of Windows Multimedia Redirection

In my last entry, "CL" posted a comment wanting more to see more examples of Windows media redirection.  Here's another video showing a variety of clips.  Talking heads, animation,  a couple of VC-1 live streams.  Enjoy.  Still have the dog barking at the tripod problem, so I apologize for some of the shaky parts.  Take a Dramamine if you get queasy.  If you want to watch this in a bit better quality, follow this link and click on the "watch in high quality" link once you get into YouTube (right under the "Views" number).

Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

Upcoming Sun Ray Features - Multimedia

I've decided to do a series of small videos showing the new features of our forthcoming Sun Ray Server Software 4.1.  The first video will feature our Multimedia enhancements.  I had a nice setup for the first shoot, only to find my dog really hates the tripod.  Second attempt, with the tripod in the garage and the camcorder in my hands is less than optimal quality but you get the idea.  Cut the video a little short as my dog decided to start barking at other dogs in the neighborhood halfway through the windows demo.  It's not often I get a quiet house with 5 daughters so I'll have to accept this cut for now.  :)  Oh yeah, don't watch this YouTube Video from a Sun Ray as Flash support is next up on the drawing board.

Wednesday Aug 13, 2008

Tricked out Sun Rays

Customized Sun Rays always look so cool.  I wonder if we should offer this as an option.  Some cool colors, your logo, etc.  Rumor has it there are even Sun Rays out there in Raven Black.

Wednesday Jun 25, 2008

Why Stateless Thin Clients Matter

With a seized or stolen thin client, you've lost a device.  That's it.  You'd never "make the papers", but that's a good thing.  You can't hack/copy a stateless thin client because there's no there "there" to hack or copy. (Thanks Dave!),

Thin vs Thick Client Debate

I was invited to be on the panel of the first ever "Intel Great Debates".  The debate I participated in surrounded Thin vs. "Managed" Thick clients.  Enjoy.

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Tuesday Jun 03, 2008

Sun Rays as Multihead Windows Terminals

As a follow on to my last post regarding RDP resolution, I thought I'd post some pictures of various multihead configurations using Sun Rays and the Sun Ray Connector for Windows.  Note that these resolutions work for normal Windows Terminal Server sessions as well as Virtual Desktop Computing (VDC/VDI).

Here's a Sun Ray 2FS Driving dual 24.1" LCD's.  Resolution is 3840x1200

Sun Ray 2FS Dual Head 24.1" LCD's
Sun Ray 2FS Dual Head 24.1" LCD's

Here's a 3x1 multihead group using Sun Ray 270's. Resolution is 3840x1024

Sun Ray 270 3x1 Multihead Group
Sun Ray 270 3x1 Multihead Group

Finally here's a 4x1 multihead group using Sun Ray 270's. The individual Sun Rays were constrained to 1024x768 in order not to exceed the max resolution width of RDP which is 4096. Resolution is 4096x768

Sun Ray 270 4x1 Multihead Group
Sun Ray 270 4x1 Multihead Group

Friday Apr 18, 2008

Welcome Matthais

Please give a warm welcome to our Virtual Desktop Engineering team member, Matthais Müller-Prove! Matthais is filling the role of our first ever usability architect for all things VDI, Sun Ray, SGD and the like.  While he didn't have me at "hello", he sure got me with this line "...sooner or later both 'remote' and 'virtual' will become obsolete concepts for the end user."

Thursday Feb 21, 2008

Microsoft Announcement: What it means to Thin Client Computing

Did you catch Microsoft's announcement today?  If you live in a world where things like VDI, WTS, RDP mean something to you, then you'll be excited to know that as of today anyone can view the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol specification.  Why is this news?  Because up until today this involved lawyers, contracts, large sums of money and view only access via a remote connection that even disabled your clipboard.  That's why.

Tuesday Dec 18, 2007

Technical Deep Dive in France

I'll be presenting in Grenoble, France on January 15th and 16th.  Details here.  I'm available on the 17th for customer/partner meetings.

Thursday Dec 13, 2007

El Hombre en fuego

I'm stoked that Dirk Grobler, a Senior Engineering Manager for our Desktop Virtualization group (i.e. Sun Ray, SGD, VDI Connector) has decided to start blogging.  Dirk and his team is responsible for the revamped Sun Ray features such as the Sun Ray Admin GUI and the new Kiosk Mode.  Dirks team also is responsible for the Sun VDI Connector, and the Sun Desktop Manager (which was recently open sourced!).  A lot of goodness coming from his team in a short amount of time.  They are on fire!

Dirk is located in Hamburg, Germany.  Along with his own blog, Dirk has also joined the ranks of the Think Thin bloggers so look there for technical goodness from Germany.  Hopefully he'll find the time to blog in his native tongue as well.  Show Dirk some "liebe" and follow his posts won't you?

Tuesday Aug 28, 2007

Desktop Virtualization Days Presentations

Pointers are being posted on the Think Thin Blog.  

Tuesday Jul 17, 2007

Virtual Desktop Podcast

It was bound to happen, I'm now on a podcast.  Check out Virtual Desktop Talk.  I need to work on my talking skills, especially not jumping around with my thoughts so much.  I was more comfortable near the middle to the end of the show.  I plan on doing more of these with these guys so subscribe to this podcast.

My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.

I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.


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