It has probably been a week since I was last asked if a customer could run their Sun Ray servers on non-Oracle/Sun hardware. I get the question all the time. The answer had been yes for a long time, then no, then yes, then no... except under these conditions, and now yes. YES!
We have lots of larger customers who have simply standardized on one hardware platform or another and most applications and OS platforms will run on any X86 hardware platform, so this isn't really such a big deal... or is it?
If you are running hundreds (or thousands) of desktops in a production environment and you want them up ALL the time, then we are always going to recommend an N+1 (at least) environment for your Secure Global Desktop, or Sun Ray or VDI servers, and yes, we are going to recommend Sun servers because we do all our integration and testing on them (and they are genuinely cutting edge from design and eco computing perspectives), and you are going to want to have your Support contract in place, but we also recognize customers may have different standards for servers...
Today Oracle announced
that both HP and Dell have agreed to certify and resell Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtual Machine OS platforms along with Oracle Premium Support on their X86 hardware. Remember the most significant stipulation of running Sun Ray Server (or SGD or VDI servers for that matter) in a supported
fashion is that it run on a fully supported Solaris or Linux instance. That means that you can have Solaris running on your HP server and get full support on the Secure Global Desktop service through Oracle Premium Support. In fact the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)
for Solaris, for example, covers IBM and Fujistu and other servers as well.
It is great to have choices. Now there are more!