SR@H (Sun Ray ™ @ Home on Broadband)

That is right, all of the hype that Bill Vass speaks about when he is on stage during a keynote has flowed down the pipe far enough for me to be able to use it.

After working from home full time for the last 2+ years this is the first big change to my home working environment. A few months back a small box arrived that contained:

Since I tend to try to setup stuff first and the read the instructions the sheet was good for reference that I did do everything correctly. It took me long to clear a space off my desk then it did to actually setup and get connected.

The setup was as simple as:

  • connect up the Sun Ray 1 Ultra-Thin Client to my monitor, and hookd up the power and keyboard
  • plug the Sun Ray ™ into the Cisco 8xx
  • plug the Cisco 8xx into my home broadband router
  • insert my Java Smartcard into the Sun Ray ™
That is it folks, with just those steps I was securly connected and authenticated to a Sun Ray ™ server inside SWAN (Sun Wide Area Network).

The new Sun Ray Server Software (need an external url if there is one) has new low bandwidth algorithms in it that make this sorta Sun Ray sessions over broadband possible. While I sit and work on the SR@H it is a fast as when I have used a Sun Ray ™ while @ a Sun office.

Currenly not available to me, but it will be as the SR@H get rolled out to the larger Sun populace, the ability to hot desk between the office and a SR@H. That means that one would be able to pull their smartcard out of their Sun Ray &trad; in the office, drive home, insert it in their SR@H when they make it home and get the exact same session back as they were using in the office.

So what advantages beside the hot desking do I see:

  • mobility of my session w/ security (sort sounds like a marketing line but it is true)
  • no more system administration for my on my home workstation, more time to work
  • lower home energy bills for me, instead of running a workstation I am using as much energy as a 65 watt light bulb

Next steps for me, get a Sun Ray 1g Ultra-This Client (higher screen resolution) and possiblly get hooked up w/ a Comet15 from Tadpole so that I can take my Sun Ray sessions wireless w/ a laptop form factor device... yeah working from the back deck in the sun shine, that is what I call a flexable working environment.

For what it's worth.

Other Sun blog related Sun Ray ™ posts:

P.S. If you are a Sun employee and would like more information on this please either contact me or search for sunrayathome and you will find the link.

Update: 08.04.2004, A follow up post over in Brian's blog here
Update: 08.11.2004, A follow up post over in Jason's blog, entry SunRay Server Software 3.0 Beta

Comments:

[Trackback] I have been gathering a set of links about SunRays, here they are Sales Pages SunRay home Sun Ray Server Software 3.0 Beta NB Supports single processor (x86 as well as SPARC) and Linux as well as Solaris. The Sun

Posted by 42 on October 03, 2004 at 12:52 AM EDT #

Your article is what I looking for, since my client considering to use SunRay over WAN connecting their branch. But there is still a doubt from them, about bandwidth. How much it takes when we running common office application (Gnome+StarOffice)?

Posted by Issotiyo P.B.S on November 28, 2004 at 03:08 PM EST #

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