Sun says two new clients in its Sun Ray product line are the 'thinnest of the thin'

Sun says two new clients in its Sun Ray product line are the 'thinnest of the thin'

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

Two new clients in Sun Microsystems' Sun Ray product line are so thin they don't even have CPU cases.

The Sun Ray 100 and Sun Ray 150 information appliances are simply keyboards and mice connected to either a CRT or a flat-panel monitor. Instead of CD-ROM and hard drives, the Sun Ray clients have smart-card readers on the front or side and a Fast Ethernet connection in back.

'We claim we're the thinnest of the thin,' said Brian Healy, Sun's information appliance group marketing manager.


The flat-panel Sun Ray 150 sports a side-loading card reader.


The Sun Ray does what the company calls hot-desking. All applications run on the server, not on the stateless client machine.

Smart card mobility

As Sun Ray users move around within an organization, they can pop their smart cards into different Sun Ray terminals and pick up sessions where they left off, Healy said.

The Sun Ray 100 comes with a 17-inch, 1,280- by 1,024-pixel CRT monitor; the Sun Ray 150 sports a 15-inch, 1,024-by-768 flat monitor.

Both run the new Version 1.1 of Sun Ray Enterprise Server software, which resides on a Sparc server running SunSoft Solaris 6 or 7.

The updated server software supports failover, Healy said. It immediately connects a user on a failed server to a session on another server on the network.

Version 1.1 also lets users conduct sessions on other servers within their workgroup, Healy said. Previously they were restricted to one server.

The CRT Sun Ray 100 is $549 and the flat-display Sun Ray 150 is $1,299 when purchased with a server bundle, Healy said. A bundle consists of 25 to 300 desktop PC units with an appropriately sized Sun server.

Sun will continue to sell the original Sun Ray 1 device for $299 with a server bundle, Healy said.

Purchased separately, the Sun Ray products cost $100 more a piece.

Contact Sun at 800-528-2763.

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