About the Author
Howard Carlton is an IT Architect with over 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of complex information systems. Since joining Sun Microsystems in early 2000, Howard has worked on a number of customer projects, including the migration of financial systems from Sequent systems to Sun Fire™ midframe servers and the design of a global supply chain management solution for a semiconductor company.
For the last 18 months, Howard has focused on the desktop solutions and has been leading a SunPS team that has architected and delivered a number of working examples of thin client computing, based on the Sun Ray ultra-thin client and StarOffice Office Suite software. This experience has been captured as best practice examples and incorporated in reusable service definitions, as well as architectural patterns, as demonstrated in this article.