Sun Rays in banking - Sparkasse Haslach Zell visit
By christophersaul on Jul 02, 2007
Back in April I took a customer from Iraq to visit one of Sun's best Sun Ray deployments in banking.
The Sparkasse Haslach Zell two hours south of Frankfurt, Germany, has been using Sun Rays for a while now. 120 are deployed across 11 branches, all connecting to central Sun Ray and Citrix servers over the bank's WAN. Apps are a mix of Linux and Windows based, with deployment and integration made super easy thanks to RayMote from Tempest. Banking apps are Windows based - users get Linux based productivity apps when there's no need to use Windows.
The bank's IT manager, Hans-Juergen Neumaier, was an excellent host and gave a very honest account of the thought process he went through before deciding to deploy Sun Ray. I liked the fact that this was a tough customer with stringent requirements who hadn't been a Sun customer previously. This was certainly not an easy sell for the Sun team that worked on the account - every aspect of the solution was subjected to careful inspection. What I also liked was the fact that Herr Neumaier is now a big Sun Ray advocate, who welcomes other customers interested in visiting a good Sun Ray reference customer - in short, the solution works beautifully, saving the IT team vast amounts of time and money compared to their previous PC setup.
At the time of our visit the bank was in the process of provisioning some new Sun Ray servers, so all 120 clients were briefly running off one V20z with JDS2! Herr Neumaier was keen to make it clear this was an interim solution, but also said that he'd had no complaints from users about performance, which was pretty impressive.
120 Sun Rays is not our largest installation by a long way. What's important however, is that this installation effectively demonstrates what's possible - there is no reason this couldn't scale to many more users. It's also important to note that the Sparkasse values its clients' money as much as any other bank, so despite this bank's regional focus, its standards and responsibilities are exactly the same as institutions covering a larger geographical area.
The original success story is in English here.
If you're interested in visiting yourself, drop a line to your local Sun sales rep or desktop team contact.