Ultra 20 and silly use of SunRays

There are plenty of sunrays in the halls of the JavaONE conference as every year for people to access email and surf the web. Only this time, since the conference pass is a JavaCard, you can use it to connect to the sunray. The only problem is that it does not have roaming – the sessions are set to close when the person takes the card out of the sunray, which IMO take all the fun out of the whole thin client concept. I’m sure there’s a good reason for that, but it’s just too bad people can use it the way Sun employees use it every day, roaming among any sunray and having everything appear exactly where they left things off.

The other kind of machine that’s all over the conference is the Opteron-based Ultra 20 which Sun announced today. I’ve been using it on the hand-on labs and Romain has used for his NetBeans Matisse demo, and from what we’ve seen they are very very fast. Cheap too. $895. Maybe I’ll buy one and run Mac OS X on it one day…

Author: alexismp

Google Developer Relations in Paris.

2 thoughts on “Ultra 20 and silly use of SunRays”

  1. The good reason for it is that they (the tradeshow folks) don’t have the system capacity to keep that many sessions active. It’s a bummer that we cannot showcase one of the coolest Sun Ray features, but it’s just not feasible to do it for such a short time period. On the other hand, they’ve learned some good lessons from this. Like if you give out 4000 Java Cards at a conference and you want session mobility, then you better have capacity for 4000 sessions. In the past they did server sizing based on the number of Sun Rays, not sessions. Whoops.

  2. Hmm. It’s a bit naff though – this would be a perfect opportunity to show how good Sunrays really are. Shame.

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