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MECIT goes thin with Sun

Middle East College of Information Technology rolls out Sun Microsystems thin client project.

MECIT goes thin with Sun

Sun Microsystems has announced the deployment of a thin client infrastructure for Oman’s Middle East College of Information Technology (MECIT).

The deployment includes 250 Sun Ray thin client terminals and Sun Ray x64 servers on the back end, to provide a computing environment for students and staff at MECIT.

The project uses Windows Terminal Servers to provide a familiar Windows environment for users, while bringing the ease of maintenance and security of a thin client deployment to the college.

Ahmed Said, system administrator, MECIT, commented: “While we needed to provide students with a Windows based desktop computing environment, we were also considering aspects such as expenditure, security, and difficulties involved in deploying PCs across campus.

“Virus attacks and the ongoing management expenditure of PCs were threatening to take up substantial amounts that could otherwise be allocated to more important projects. We wanted speedy deployment, ease of management and a full Windows environment. Sun worked with us to show that a Sun Ray ultra-thin client based solution would enable MECIT to roll out the Windows based environment students needed extremely quickly and easily maintain them over time,” he added.

The Sun Ray 2 clients require only four watts of power each, making for a more energy efficient computing environment, which also requires less energy for AC for computer labs.

“The Sun Ray is a true zero management thin client in comparison to other makes on the market that contain an embedded operating system that continues to require local configuration, patching and updating,” said Dr. Tarek Ayass, Education and Research Regional Manager, Sun Microsystems MENA. “A Sun Ray ultra-thin client is truly stateless, requiring no maintenance. It was clear to MECIT that with a Sun Ray based solution they would be able to deploy many hundred of seats with minimal management, zero downtime for upgrades, patching and viruses.”

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