Thursday Jan 27, 2011

Eco-Enterprise Webinar

Hey, you!

No, not you on the Sun Ray.

I mean "you" over there, the one killing our planet with a kilowatt consuming thick client.  Point that energy hungry beast over to http://bit.ly/dOtAWL and join Michael Dann and myself for webinar where we will be discussing greening the enterprise with Sun Ray clients.   Find out how how Sun Ray Clients can help your organization meet its green computing objectives while providing  a rich desktop experience that offers high security, improved mobility, and excellent manageability over existing PC-based infrastructures.

Saturday Oct 02, 2010

Bein' Green

Kermit was right, it ain't easy being green.  To create truly eco-friendly products, you have to consider their entire life-cycle.  From supply chains to disposal, Oracle has worked hard to make the Sun Ray 3 family the most efficient and environmentally friendly thin client ever.  The 98% recyclable (and ENERGY STAR® 5.0 Thin Client Category A certifiedSun Ray 3 and Sun Ray 3 Plus even share the same eco-friendly box.  A space saving box that was designed from the ground up using recycled materials to maximize palletization, thus reducing the carbon footprint when shipping the device from the factory.  With a 20 year MTBF, "WEEE" expect Sun Ray 3's to be around for a long, long time.  For more information and facts about the green design of the Sun Ray 3 family, check out Michael Dann's Oracle Technology Network webcast.

Sun Ray 3 Sun Ray 3 Plus

Desktop Virtualization Webcasts from Oracle OpenWorld

A few webcasts that were shown live during the week of Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne/Oracle Develop.

Michael Dann discusses the eco-friendly aspects of the new Sun Ray 3 family:

John Bondi discusses the new 4.6 release of Secure Global Desktop:


Brad Lackey and Craig Bender discuss Oracle VDI with Rick Ramsey:

Monday Oct 15, 2007

Green FUD

CLAIM:  The Sun Ray has no on/off switch, thus wastes power.

They've got us there, at least with the Sun Ray not having an on/off switch.  Since administrators don't need to touch Sun Rays our customers have told us there is no need for one.  Sure there is the occasional complaint, but nothing that merits a change.  Power cycling the Sun Ray can be controlled via the keyboard.  We'd be interested in hearing scenario that would require an administrator to require that Sun Ray to be powered off.  What this really sounds like is the competition taking their own instructions on how to fix a broken thin client by installing a base OS image from a flash drive and trying to apply it to a Sun Ray.

The “green” argument doesn't hold water either since a majority if not all of the competitive devices and Sun Rays use external power supplies that continue to draw power whether the device is on or off.  Only solution is to unplug the power supply or does what Sun does in our campus offices.  We have motion detectors that cut power to the whole room if it is unoccupied.  Even the best made external power supplies consume a couple of watts when nothing is connected.  But since it is Blog Action Day, I'll throw out an eco-friendly fact about Sun Ray.  The Sun Ray 2 draws roughly 4 watts and the 2FS draws about 8 (4.6 and 8.4 to be exact).  That's something the competition can't match.

The on/off switch is a legacy holdover from most thin client vendors PC heritage.  Besides being unnecessary, not having one also means one less thing that break which increases the MTBF and decreases cost (including warranty costs).
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