"A year ago Sun was really just focused on selling thin-client devices and solutions that ran on Sparc-based Solaris servers," says Greg Wolff, marketing director for Sun's desktop group. "Today we have a desktop infrastructure. We're running on Linux and Windows, and we can deliver applications to desktops from servers running on Sparc or x86 processors."
The Sun Ray 2 is a "low-cost, low-power" thin client that operates at 4 watts of power, a reduction from the 20 watts of power required in the Sun Ray 1 thin client and much less than the 100 watts to 200 watts of power required for a typical desktop PC, Wolff says.
The Sun Ray 2FS is a higher-end thin client providing greater security through the use of a fiber port.
Sun Ray 2 and Sun Ray 2FS are available now and priced at $249 and $499 each, respectively.
Sun also announced an upcoming version of Sun Ray software that will be released this quarter and include a remote desktop protocol client for connection to a Windows environment. Sun's RDP is based on Microsoft's RDP specification that was licensed by Sun last year.