The new Sun Ray Software 5 is now available via download, while the physical media kit is expected to be released December 4th. This release improves the end user experience with a broader choice of end client devices, improved Adobe Flash performance and expanded support for USB peripheral devices. Additionally, Sun Ray Software 5 improves application server support, by adding support for Windows Server 2008.
Sun Ray Software 5 delivers a rich, virtual Windows, Linux or Solaris Operating System desktop to nearly any client device including Windows PCs and Sun Ray thin clients. As part of the Sun desktop virtualization portfolio, many of the features of Sun Ray Software 5 will also appear in the upcoming release of Sun VDI Software 3.1.
New features include:
Sun Desktop Access Client
Now end-users have a choice of client device when connecting to centralized desktops running on Sun's desktop virtualization software products. The Sun Desktop Access Client installs on common client operating systems and provides the flexibility to hotdesk to and from a Sun Ray thin client and any supported Sun Desktop Access Client enabled PC.
This new software client provides end-users the flexibility to utilize their existing Windows laptops or desktop PCs, as an alternative to Sun Ray thin clients, to easily access data and applications in a centralized virtual desktop environment. With the Sun Desktop Access Client customers now have a simplified, user-friendly means of accessing the Sun Ray infrastructure, which can help to extend the life of current PC assets and reduce the environmental impact of frequent desktop refreshes.
"There are a lot of benefits to preserving the equipment you already have, especially in these economic times where there might not be the capital available to spend on new equipment," said Malcolm Fraser, service delivery manager from Computer Concepts Ltd, a Sun partner and systems integrator. "The Sun Desktop Access Client makes a lot of sense from a manageability standpoint and a cost perspective. It's essentially a migration tool to get groups of end users switched over to Sun Ray clients in phases. Not only will our customers save money as they move to a server-hosted architecture, but also gain increased security with Sun Ray Software 5."
Feature support for Sun Desktop Access Client includes Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).
Adobe Flash Enhancements
This enables customers to experience improved frame rates along with synchronized audio, video and Adobe Flash animation playback for Sun Ray thin clients and Sun Desktop Access Client enabled PCs (Supported on the Sun Ray 2 thin clients and later generations).
Feature support for the Adobe Flash Enhancements include Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Adobe Flash 9 content with all Adobe Flash plug-ins from versions 9 and 10, Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit). Installation of Sun Ray Software 5 for Linux, Solaris x86 or SPARC is required.
USB Redirection to Windows
Remote Windows XP Desktop users can now deploy printers, scanners and flash disk USB devices with Sun Ray technology.
USB Device Redirection to Windows supports remote Windows XP desktop users. Installation of Sun Ray Software 5 for Solaris x86 or SPARC is required.
Windows Server 2008 support
This feature enables customers to display applications within Windows Server 2008 in 32 bit color. Windows Server 2008 Session Directory support is also included.
Updated Add-on Component PC/SC-lite 1.2
This maintenance release replaces PC/SC-lite 1.1. The feature implements a subset of PC/SC 1.0 API standard which, along with other components, enables smart card-based authentication.
It should be noted that PC/SC-lite 1.2 and the Sun Desktop Access Client 1.0 are not included with the Sun Ray Software 5 media kit. These are available via download.
Sun Ray Connector for VMware View Manager 1.1
Product System Requirements
Minimum Supported Configuration:
- A server based on UltraSPARC or x86 processors (2 or more CPUs recommended)
- Disk space: 95 MB for installation; 50-100 MB per-user swap space
- Memory: 20-50 MB per user depending on applications
- At least one Ethernet interface installed on Sun Ray server
- Sun Ray client or Sun Desktop Access Client enabled PC
Sun Fire servers with either UltraSPARC or x86 architectures
Third party x86 servers (Dell, HP, etc.) qualified for supported third part Linux (SuSE, Red Hat) or the Solaris 10 OS should run, however, none have been certified.
Supported Operating Systems
Sun Ray Software 5 includes the following components: Sun Ray Server Software 4.2, Sun Ray Connector for Windows OS 2.2 and Sun Desktop Access Client 1.0.
Sun Ray Software 5 is supported on the following:
- Solaris SPARC, x86 and Linux platforms: Solaris 10 5/09, Solaris 10 5/09 with Trusted Extensions, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 Update 3 (32-bit and 64-bit) and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 Service Pack 2 (32-bit and
- Sun Ray Windows Connector(SRWC) RDP platforms: Windows 2003 R2 Service Pack 2 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 2008 Service Pack 2 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows XP Service Pack 3 32-bit, Windows XP Service Pack 2 64-bit and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (32-bit and 64-bit).
- Sun Desktop Access Client 1.0 (for Windows platforms): Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).
Users should be aware that Sun Desktop Manager, a component of Sun Ray Software 4, is not supported in Sun Ray Software 5.
Pricing, Availability and Support
Sun Ray Software 5 is available for purchase immediately. Customers also have the option of downloading a 90-day free trial of Sun Ray Software 5. The Sun Ray Software 5 Media Kit will start shipping on December 4, 2009, Sun reports.
A Sun Ray Software 5 subscription starts at $34 (USD) per user per year. A subscription includes a right to use (RTU) license for one concurrent user for one year on any combination of servers and Sun Standard or Premium support. With a subscription offering, customers are eligible for discounts for signing up for multiple years of support up front, and access to Sun Ray Software patches, updates and new releases as long as they continue to pay the annual subscription fee.
Sun Ray Software 5 licenses are $100 per concurrent user. Number of concurrent users is defined as the total number of people accessing the server at the same time. A RTU license for one concurrent user on any combination of servers is included.
A support contract can be obtained by purchasing the perpetual RTU along with basic, standard or premium support or by purchasing a Sun Ray Software 5 subscription.
Senior Enterprise Architect for Oracle IT Frank C. Martin was one of the participants in the early access program for Sun Ray Software 5 and is evaluating the software for potential use as part of the company's extensive internal IT infrastructure. In his estimation, he "found Sun Ray Software 5 surprisingly easy to install. The software is highly flexible and, with the addition of Windows Server 2008, was also simple to integrate into our environment. Most importantly, I was able to give our employees the high quality desktop experience they expect when watching Adobe Flash media with a Sun Ray client or with the Sun Desktop Access Client on a PC."
Sun Ray Software 4 10/08 End of Life
With the release of Version 5, Sun announced a last order date for the Sun Ray
Software 4 10/08. It is set for February 12, 2010, and the last ship date is May 14, 2010.
Sun Ray Software 5 Documentation Wiki
Sun Ray Server Software 4.2 Documentation
Sun Ray Connector for Windows OS 2.2 Documentation
Sun Desktop Access Client 1.0 Documentation
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