By Stephen Repetski on Aug 21, 2009
I'm mostly finished with my preliminary testing of Sun Ray in the cloud (which the title of this post refers to), and it's been a pretty successful test. One of the goals for this project was to make it a public cloud that anybody could create an account on, which so far has been accomplished. There is a web interface to register for an account for the Sun Ray server. This will automatically create a account for you, and gives you a brief line of direction for configuring your Sun Ray or Sun Desktop Access Client (SDAC) to connect to the server test it out.
It would be great to be able to expand this type of implementation to allow users to be able to pick their operating system - pretty much like what Sun VDI does. I would have used VDI for this except for the fact that VirtualBox doesn't interract with Xen very well (which is what Amazon uses), and thus doesn't install properly. The alternative to this would be to utilize the ec2 API and have the main "head" start the other instances and manage everything, but this is a. re-inventing the wheel, and b. not the easiest, since each instance would need to have the Sun Ray Server Software (SRSS) installed and configured, given an IP, and so on.
As mentioned earlier, if you'd like to try out the Sun Ray server running on OpenSolaris 2009.06, feel free to click this link, register, and have fun!