Why is Sun releasing a RDP Client?
By ThinGuy on Feb 23, 2006
I'm sure a lot of folks have asked themselves this question today.
There are plenty of 3rd party RDP solutions for Solaris (examples here, here, and here), and there's the very popular open source RDP client, RDesktop. We even bundled RDesktop on the Sun Ray Server Companion CD. Let's not forget our acquisition of Tarantella which became Sun Secure Global Desktop. So why go to all this trouble?
One reason was probably to get me to shut up. I've been after anyone who'd listen that we need to build or buy our own RDP client forever. As the capabilities of RDP increased, so did my pressure to make this happen. But that's not a good answer, here are some better ones.
- Full compliance with the
Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol 5.2: This means smart
cards, Windows Network Load Balancing Support, Terminal Server Session
Directory Support. You won't find another RDP client for
Solaris out there with the complete RDP 5.2 feature set.
- Customers who don't want open source: As much as we love open source here at Sun, there is a large number of customers who will not deploy open source software
- The legal question of RDesktop: There's a lot of customers who were scared of Microsoft's reaction to them using RDesktop. Though the legality has never been tested, these customers didn't want to be the first. My opinion has always been if Microsoft gets their money, it shouldn't matter. But a CIO of a Fortune 500 company has a lot more at risk and needs more assurance than my opinion (read indemnification).
- Point and Shoot Simplicity: Sun Secure Global Desktop is a great product, but Windows access is only a small part of it. For customers that just want simple point and shoot access to their Windows environment from their Sun Ray, the Sun Ray Connector for Windows is much simpler.
- Built by Sun: It's
no secret that the US Government and Military is one of Sun's largest
customers. They wanted Sun to provide the complete solution for
client of choice.
- Built to Microsoft's RDP Spec:
Customers told us they want a solution that won't be rendered useless
with a Microsoft Hot Fix or Service Pack. They want a Microsoft
Certified Solution. That's what we are delivering.
- Performance: This
is built for Sun Ray from the Ground up. First comes features,
next comes performance. Our goal is to make this the best RDP
client for Sun Ray. Not just for Solaris or for Linux, but for