We've seen significant loading slowness when using the webstart client primarily from remote sites. The load time onsite is about 18 seconds compared to upwards of 3 minutes from remote sites. The slow loading is not consistant with other applications given the same proximity of the client to the server. I'm referring to after the initial load as it's expected to take longer for the first connection when it's installing the java, but after which it should be significantly faster.
Has anyone seen a similar problem and have any ideas on how to improve this?
yes we resorted to having people install the client on the remote sites...its a hassle but it works faster than relying on Web-start console to start...give it a shot on an instance in your remote site.