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PC Week: Sun Ray faces cloudy future

Sep 20, 1999, 22:18 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stan Gibson)

"It's in my nature, not to mention my core value system, to encourage innovation by risk takers and windmill-tilters generally. I therefore congratulate Sun in its introduction of the Sun Ray thin client for once again showing the way with some truly innovative technology-technology that could find its way into IT installations everywhere. But it could happen without a single Sun Ray changing hands."

"Yes, once again Sun has a good idea, but once again it will probably stand by and watch it implemented in Windows environments. Meanwhile, Net Ray sales may barely exceed the minute sales numbers of JavaStations and other network computers."

"With so much desktop infrastructure installed, it's almost inconceivable that an IT department would want to replace an environment with a new one that offers, maybe, two advantages: manageability and security. It makes sense to upgrade your environment rather than replace it. Such steps include implementing advanced management tools, moving to more server-centric intranets, installing Windows terminals and using a card reader to provide security. I haven't run the numbers, but I can't see how any of these alternatives could be more expensive than putting in Net Rays."

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