NCD, one of the industry?s first suppliers of network computers, has spurned Oracle?s NC1 network computing reference profile, claiming the specification does not meet customer?s needs.
The company, which has moved into NCs from its traditional terminal market, claims that Oracle chief Larry Ellison?s current vision of the network computer is unlikely to cut the cloth in the corporate market.
?Ellison and Sun want a browser as the access medium, not Windows,? said Lou Greer, vice president of marketing at NCD. "They specify the importance of having Java and a browser on the NC itself and want to make the NC1 specification a standard. We are supporting the NC1 reference specification but we are doing it kicking and screaming.?
Greer reckons that Java on the NC is appropriate for home users but inadequate in the corporate world. ?Java is still big and slow and in a corporate environment it would be better to have it on a server,? he said. ?The NC will be need to be redefined in 1997. When IBM begins delivering these things in large quantities companies will find that Java and browsers are less powerful when they are loaded on NCs. They will start asking for the applications to be held on the server.?
NCD also announced its intentions to offer the Citrix ICA protocol on its NCs, to provide remote access to Windows applications over low bandwidth network connections. Customers will now be able to choose between ICA for lower bandwidth dial-up and Wan communications, or NCD?s existing Wincenter Graphics Accelerator, optimised for Lan and higher speed remote connections.
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