Oracle has extended its Sun Ray thin client terminals for desktop virtualisation with a low-cost version and a model integrated into a large high-definition monitor.
Available immediately, the Sun Ray 3 and Sun Ray 3i are designed to serve as the user console for Solaris, Oracle Linux or Windows sessions hosted on servers in the datacentre.
However, Sun Ray devices are closer to recent 'zero clients' than the thin clients often used in Windows environments, as they have no built-in operating system and need no patching or maintenance.
Users can also switch from one Sun Ray to another without closing any running applications.
The Sun Ray 3i is integrated into a 21.5in LCD display, supporting resolutions up to 1,920 x 1200. It complements the existing Sun Ray 270, which integrates a 17in flat-panel display, giving customers a choice of screen sizes.
Meanwhile, the Sun Ray 3 is the lowest-cost thin client offered by Oracle, the company said. This model ships in a compact desktop format, similar to earlier Sun Ray devices.
Both have Gigabit Ethernet and five USB ports for peripheral connectivity, and feature a Smart Card slot for user authentication at login.
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