The New Sun Ray Hardware Information Center...Pass It Along!

This might be old news for some of you, but Oracle has just released the new Sun Ray 3 Plus Client.  Beyond providing the normal Getting Started Guide that typically comes in the box, the product team wanted to provide a place to give you (our users) up-to-the-minute release notes, detailed technical specifications, and the environmental data for the new shiny Sun Ray. 

Since I was fresh off of using wikis.sun.com for the Sun Ray Software 5 release, I made the case for wikis.sun.com to be that place for sharing and the Sun Ray Hardware Information Center was born.

The Sun Ray Hardware Information Center isn't fancy (yet), but it does provide the juicy tidbits and important information for the new Sun Ray 3 Plus Client.  If there is anything missing or other information you'd like to see, either provide a comment on the wiki or on this blog.  As always, I'll see what I can do.

BTW, here's a cool unboxing video of the Sun Ray 3 Plus Client.

Paul Kasper, Sun Ray documentation guy

Comments:

What is "PAA" compliant? Short for HIPAA?
Noticed there are TWO flavors of the 3 in PWD (config tool)

Posted by Douglas Tabor on April 16, 2010 at 02:31 AM PDT #

Hi Douglas,

Where are you seeing the "PAA" compliant statement?

Paul

Posted by Paul Kasper on April 16, 2010 at 03:35 AM PDT #

Hi Paul ... PAA was on the Sun/Oracle website on Friday - then it was changed to TAA on Tuesday. And TAA is the US "Trade Agreements Act" where country of origin has be listed as well as only parts from WTO approved countries included in a product build ... appropriate to US Federal contract sales. That's why the PAA Sun Ray 3 is about $50 more.

Posted by Douglas Tabor on April 21, 2010 at 12:51 AM PDT #

Since having to use Solaris or a Nix derivative OS just to make Sunrays operational I believe is where the biggest stumble blocks lies with adopting Sunrays (we use them and it works great post spending nearly 2 years getting to a solution that works - I must admit that we are a windows shop). I therefore thought of something that I think is a solution to getting everyone to at least consider Sunrays for VDI/RDS in that:

- Sunray software needs to have a Windows equivalent, as in a JAVA app that runs on a Windows server purely for redirecting the Windows desktop to that of the Sunray device. Doing so will give a head on competition to all these new vendors e.g. Panologic, DevonIT, Wyse with their zero clients they are pushing into the market.

- Secondly if this is possible leave the RDP protocol and the VDI vendor to use whichever protocol they want to use to connect to the remote desktop and not use that of SRSS. The reason for this is it much easier to leverage the Microsoft implementation of RDP than Sun/Oracle trying to bring support for Aero/flash/bidirectional audio/wan acceleration etc. just to name a few RDP extensions.

This is just my 2 cents which I believe will allow Sun/Oracle to capture the zero client market space for VDI.

Is this possible of just wishful thinking?

Posted by Louis on April 24, 2010 at 07:16 PM PDT #

Louis,

Thanks for your feedback. I'll pass it on.

Posted by Paul Kasper on May 12, 2010 at 04:25 AM PDT #

I have been using Sun Rays since they were introduced and love the technology.

It's so frustrating when something with this much potential gets so close but cant seem to cross those last few barriers to phenomenal success.

For me, it is those nagging little things like the SunRay 2 and 3 not working, or only marginally working, with Sun monitors. I am so tired of the "Out of Sync" message on my Sun monitors, and the "Incompatible signal" Message on my 47" LCD TVs.

It's not that it couldn't work. If I start the Sun Ray 3 with Dell monitors attached then switch the cables to the HDTVs, the left monitor works great.

I'm excited to try the software SunRay client (I have been ever since I first saw the concept version demo nearly a decade ago.) If I could only get the compatible server functioning on OpenSolaris (Even on a SunRay, the Solaris 10 desktop leaves me cold.)

I suppose I've ranted enough. At one time Oracle was very interested in thin clients. I hope they make a serious investment in the SunRay.

Posted by Keith Paskett on June 02, 2010 at 09:15 PM PDT #

Keith,

Thanks for your feedback. I'll pass it on.

Posted by Paul Kasper on June 03, 2010 at 05:07 AM PDT #

I have to agree with Louis re: Windows SunRay server. As an Oracle(Sun) partner, I have seen a couple deals slip away because Windows-only shops didn't want to have to deal with Unix.

Posted by Paul on June 04, 2010 at 04:01 AM PDT #

Hello All,

Just had a meeting with Chris Saulo from Snoracle oops Sun and Oracle. Chris is a sale/technical/architect based in the Dubai offices (I am in sunny South Africa - yip the place far down south on the African continent where the football/soccer world cup is currently taking place). We spoke about the Sunray shortcomings etc and 2 things became very clear. For Sunray to whip the other vendors Snoracle need to a.) build a Sunray server appliance that are scaled around a particual Sunray count e.g. 50, 100, 250, 1000 (or as per my previous post make it availalbe on Windows servers). Secondly the user experience on the Sunray needs to support Windows 7 and Windows 2008 RDS (Terminal Server) with all the bells and whistles one expect compared to that of thin client that offers Windows embedded. Basically the Sunray needs to support bi-directional audio, 32 bit graphics, Aero GUI, multimedia redirection, local USB devices, decent sound, full screen HD video. Most other vendors having something being it based on EOP (Quest vWorkspace), HDX (Citrix) etc.

Back to the appliance, it needs to be as simple as on/off switch that basically just serves the Sunray nothing more nothing less. This way Sunray becomes a no brainer. Lastly sure Snoracle engineering cannot expect to make a noise about a zero client if it is not on par with the competitor as far as the user experience is concerned. Winning the market you need to be better and not 12 months behind and still only expect customers to deploy Windows XP where 7 has been out for a while already. One of the biggest driving factors for Sunray is for the adoption of Windows 7 in VDI environments.

My 2 cents worth.

Posted by Louis on June 09, 2010 at 04:31 AM PDT #

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