Small computers a neat
, but if you want to attach a real keyboard and a real monitor to something, ultra thin clients
are the way to go. For a thin client, the thinner and dumber the better, because that saves on ressources building, running and recycling the box, not to forget administrative simpleness.
At work, I use a Sun Ray Ultra Thin Client daily (still the same box as eight years ago). The latest generation comes in a package even smaller and consumes only 9 Watts (measured at the 240V german power grid) of precious energy. So I wanted one at home. But I didn't want an energy-guzzling frigging server to serve the little Sun Ray at home - we have Sun Ray servers in the office, let's use them (and share their energy consumption with others). Second: I only have wireless at home. Will that bandwidth be sufficient for the Sun Ray?
Answer first: Yes, it will be sufficient. Even with low signal (two stories from Sun Ray to my access point in the basement). Have a look at this picture, and you'll notice a couple of things:
First: A little box with blue LEDs. That an ASUS WL-330g
which just converts 100base-T to Wireless. Works with the Sunray out-of-the-box.
Second: Isn't that Windows on that screen? Yes it is. I connected with VPN (built into the Sun Ray) to our Sun Solution Center in Munich. There we run a Windows service proudly hosted by VMWare VDI on Sun Fire x64 servers and delivered via Sun Secure Global Desktop
. That setup would even allow me to transfer my session to a browser window on another device. Or I could just pull my Smartcard (seen on the left) and plug it into another Sunray configured to connect to the Solution Center on the Internet to transfer my session.
Next task: Connect via VPN to our internal Sun Ray Servers in the office. I want my Solaris environment back!