While its development may have taken longer than expected, Sun Microsystems' JavaStation network computer (NC) has been meeting targets throughout the world since its March release.
Ted Murguia, group manager for Java hardware at Sun's network computer group, says the belief that there has been a slow uptake in the technology has been fueled from the beginning by the late delivery of the system.
"It took all of us (network computer manufacturers) far longer than expected to finish the product, but since we've announced the rollout of JavaStations in March, the shipments have gone very well, Murguia says.
"We started writing a new operating system from scratch in Java. It was a very high objective of ours to deliver the mission-critical OS," he says. "We underestimated the workload, but the good news is that it's done and in fact we're already working on the third release of the operating system."
Murguia says considering JavaStation was only released a couple of months ago, the fact many applications are being developed for the system is very "satisfying."
He saysSun is targeting organisations with hundreds and thousands of users and leaving smaller enterprises to Microsoft 's Windows Terminal Server (WTS) edition, released recently.
"(Microsoft's WTS) is absolutely in a different environment," Murguia says. "In fact, we would rarely recommend the installation of a JavaStation if you have a local Web group... but if you're deploying 5,000 users or you're going out over the Internet to users, then Java computing is the only way you can do that. Windows Terminal Server doesn't fit in that environment," he added.