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Sun Locks Down Desktop

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) is on a mission to strip down users desktops and move applications back to the data center with a new strategy unveiled at the RSA Conference today.

The move is part of the company’s Secure Network Access Platform (SNAP) which was first announced last year, targeted at the government and defense sectors.

Now, however, Sun has launched an enterprise version, targeted at businesses. So, what does this involve? Instead of a traditional computer network where PCs use operating systems to run a range of applications, Sun is instead touting networks of "dumb terminals" connected to servers back in a data center.

The terminals are "stateless," which means they have no operating system of their own. Instead, the operating system and all the various applications are kept back in the user's data center.

If it sounds familiar, well... it is. Of course, many IT managers might see the move as a migration back to the days of mini computers and mainframes.

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