Announcing Sun Ray Software 5
By Angela Carducci on Nov 09, 2009
The Sun Desktop Virtualization Marketing team is pleased to announce the release of Sun Ray Software 5!
This release focuses on improving the end user experience with a broader choice of end client devices, improved Adobe Flash performance and expanded support for USB peripheral devices. Additionally, Sun Ray Software 5 improves application server support, by adding support for Windows Server 2008.
The Sun Desktop Access Client (SDAC) is revolutionizing Sun Ray Software as we know it, making our vision and strategy of providing simple, user-friendly access to a centralized virtual desktop environment from nearly any device a reality. Easily installed on Windows PCs, the Sun Desktop Access Client removes the dependency on Sun Ray hardware clients, providing full access to Sun Ray infrastructure. It provides a simplified solution for end-users who do not fit the desktop thin client model, and require continued use of their current Windows PC. As well, it helps to mitigate the initial costs of migration to Sun's desktop technology by repurposing existing PCs. Providing client device choice to the customer helps our customers embrace our technology and enables them to become more environmentally friendly by extending the lifecyle of existing PCs rather than disposing of them into a landfill.
Unlike some of our competitors, the Sun Desktop Access Client frees users from being restricted to a particular device and enables them to choose whatever device best suits their needs. In addition to client choice, another key challenge CIOs often face, is how to provide a true PC experience to their end users from a virtualized desktop environment. This release beats many of our competitors to market by introducing multimedia enhancements for Adobe Flash audio and video on both the Sun Ray hardware clients, as well as any Sun Desktop Access Client enabled PC.
In addition to expanding client device choice and adding Adobe Flash multimedia acceleration, Sun virtual desktop users can now expect similar peripheral connectivity with their Sun Ray thin client environment that they would normally have with their standard PCs. Sun Ray Software 5 now enables users to connect many of their favorite USB devices to a Sun Ray hardware client, connecting them to their Windows XP virtual desktop environment. Peripheral support includes a broad range of devices such as USB flash storage devices, printers and scanners.
Finally, Sun Ray Software 5 includes support for Windows Server 2008, enabling access to applications running on Windows Server 2008 in 32 bit color. Support for Windows Server 2008 TS Session Broker is also included.
Read more about it at www.sun.com/software/sunray!Angela Carducci
Product Line Manager Desktop Virtualization Marketing
Sun Microsystems, Inc.