Display Grid ... Coming to a home near you?
By brfoley on Jun 10, 2005
Maybe you've heard Scott McNealy mention the idea of a "Display Grid" in relationship to both the current Sun Grid projects and Sun Ray / Tarantella.
For the past year now I've been running a project where we've placed a Sun Ray server infrastructure externally to Sun's corp network. With it we've been doing demos and setting up executive level contacts to experience first hand how Sun Rays work in a wide area network setting (WAN), using of course the worlds largest WAN... the internet. From some of this work we've been garnering ideas and use cases that may be used to develop some initial "Display Grid" ideas.
How well does this model work?
Here's a blog written by one of our test users you might find interesting.
I've had test users running Sun Rays from across the Atlantic with very good performance. The fact that Sun Rays run blazingly fast across a WAN has huge potentials in my opinion to change how companies deploy desktop computing. Even if you don't need to do it across the internet, think about the benefits within your own company network of being able to easily deploy and support desktops from a more centralized compute facility. (It's back to the future, mainframe computing, done with a much nicer, multimedia, more flexible display device).