Sun Rays get a firmware upgrade for better video performance. Wait... what?

InternetWeek reported a few weeks ago that new firmware for Sun Ray clients is available, and that one of the key new features is multimedia redirection. This is funny because I thought the whole point of Sun Rays was they were so thin?

InternetWeek reported a few weeks ago that new firmware for Sun Ray clients is available, and that one of the key new features is multimedia redirection. This is funny because I thought the whole point of Sun Rays was they were so thin? Check out this quote:

The Sun Ray line is a truly "thin" client that relies primarily on the server for processing, where competitors such as HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Wyse offer beefed up "chubby" clients that include PC and graphics chips to handle more of the processing locally.

The whole point of the article is talking about how thin they can make it, but then they talk about this whole multimedia redirection thing. I'm so confused!

I guess this goes back to my bigger-picture confusion about the value of a Sun Ray. It seems to me that these devices are more complex than traditional thin clients, because you need your Sun Ray server to power them all. (And I think that's how they can call them "true" thin clients, because a lot of the traditional thin client computing is on that Sun Ray server instead of on the client.) But if you just want to conenct into a Windows environment, now you need a Terminal Server, a Sun Ray server, and a Sun Ray.

So let me ask the broader question. Who out there is using Sun Rays, and why?

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