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Sun scores triple play with thin client deals

SUN MICROSYSTEMS has scored a hat trick of deals in the region for its thin client solution, winning contracts from construction firm Wade Adams, manufacturer Gulf Eternit, and stockist and distributor Gerab National Enterprises.

Sun Ray thin client appliances offer lower administration costs, with Sun claiming they differ radically from traditional thin client applications as they do not require any local operating system at all. This helps to provide customers with a desktop platform that’s easier to manage and more secure.

“The thin-client approach offers companies the opportunity to run a ‘hot-desk’ scenario where their executives or field agents can access their data from any machine on any site, which is just another way that the Sun Ray clients offer companies huge return on investment,” commented Chris Cornelius, managing director, Sun Microsystems MENA.

Systems integrator IFFCOTech, which assisted all three companies in selecting the solution, said Wade Adams opted for Sun Ray thin client appliances after deciding it was spending too much time on system administration.

“We realised that Wade Adams was having problems with their desktop mobility, they had a lot of PCs where people were required to be on the move. Every time you buy a new PC, you have to configure, you have to load backend software etc. That is the reason Wade Adams spoke to us and we came up with the Sun Ray thin client solution,” IFFCO’s Haresh Ahuja told IT Weekly.

Sun Microsystems started supplying the contractor with thin client appliances some six months ago and now continues on an ongoing basis.

Gulf Eternit, had experienced similar problems, according to Ahuja. “They were really tired of working on PCs and networks, trying to clean up the network from wirelesses that were hitting the network, upgrading, going through service packs, through new Microsoft Windows versions, etc. We did a small pilot for them about ten months back and now instead of buying PCs they buy the Sun Ray thin client,” he said.

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