Thin client reviews take a dive into features and functionality as well as thin client performance in an appropriate VDI scenario. High-end thin clients are reviewed in the StorageReview VDI lab, while midrange or below thin clients are typically reviewed while connecting to a vendor's environment over WAN.
by Tom Fenton

Dell Wyse Converter On An Intel NUC Review (NUC7CJYS)

After having a chance to work with and review various VDI clients, we thought we would see what it takes (and if it makes sense) to create our own VDI client using a low-priced small form factor computer and VDI client software. This review will be different than our other reviews as we will cover how to assemble a system to act as a VDI client software, and then we will review that system as a VDI client.

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by Tom Fenton

Leostream 9.0.34 Released

Last week on March 21, 2019, Leostream announced the release of their latest Connection Broker (9.0.34). This update includes some interesting upgrades as well as few minor bug fixes. 

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by Tom Fenton

Atrust t176L VDI Client Review

The Atrust t176L client is geared towards virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) knowledge workers looking for an unobtrusive VDI client that supports dual monitors. To give a brief spec overview, the Atrust t176L is a small form factor thin client that has 4 USB and 2 DisplayPort ports that is powered by an Intel CPU that runs a bespoken Linux operating system. It supports two monitors at 3840 x 2160 @30Hz or 2560 x 1600 @60Hz. It supports all of the major VDI environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Atrust Launches Dual Screen Raspberry Pi, t32C

Today Atrust Computer Corp announced its latest thin client, the t32C. The t32C is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3B + and Pi Zero and comes with the Citrix Ready Workspace Hub. The new Atrust t32C is a cost-effective solution for virtual workspaces while still offering high-performance. 

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by Tom Fenton

ClearCube CD7012 ZERO+ VDI Client Review

The ClearCube CD7012 ZERO+ client is geared towards heavy duty security-conscious virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) user bases, such as governmental agencies, the military, financial institutions, or any other VDI users that need an especially robust and secure VDI client. While other VDI clients with a similar price point may be more feature-rich, the ClearCube CD7012 makes up for this with its ruggedness and security features. 

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by Tom Fenton

ViewSonic SC-T25 Citrix Workspace Hub Client Review

The ViewSonic SC-T25 Citrix Workspace Hub, based on the Raspberry Pi 3, is a low-priced thin client designed to deliver virtual desktops and applications to end-users. The SC-T25 is advertised to support Citrix’s HDX remote display protocol and is certified as Citrix Ready. Its ultra-small form factor minimizes the space it takes up on a desk and can even be mounted on the back of a monitor using an optional VESA mount. The client has a single HDMI port, 4 USB connectors and built-in Bluetooth.

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by Tom Fenton

ClearCube Announces First Raspberry Pi-Based VDI Client With VMware Blast Support

ClearCube has just released two new thin clients, the C3Pi and the C3Pi+. These are low-cost, and very small form-factor, VDI clients based on the Raspberry Pi B+ platform. ClearCube is positioning these products for use by state and local governments, hospitals, kiosk applications, and other environments where a low-cost, single monitor VDI client would be desirable.

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by Tom Fenton

It's Time to Refresh Your Thin Clients

Reviewing Dell’s Wyse 5070 thin client got me thinking about why organizations should consider updating their thin clients. Currently, I don’t believe as many companies have a refresh cycle for their thin clients as when VDI was just starting to take off, one of the initial selling points of VDI and thin clients was that the compute and storage for virtual desktops was done in the datacenter, as such, there would be no apparent reason to update the client that connects to the virtual desktop. Moreover, as most thin clients lack mechanical components, they seldom wear out, so it makes sense that an organization would avoid the expense of a refresh cycle for their thin clients. But, as mentioned above, after having worked with a new generation of thin clients, I have some reasons why you should consider refreshing your thin clients.

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by Tom Fenton

Wyse 5070 Client Review

Dell is positioning the Wyse 5070 as a highly-configurable virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) client platform. The Wsye 5070’s configuration ensures its functionality is suitable for a wide range of situations, from being a basic VDI client for task workers to being one that supports the most demanding of workloads. More specifically, the Wsye 5070 has 21 ports for connectivity, supports five different OSes, two different CPU families, many different memory and storage configurations, and all common remote display protocols. Additionally, it can be configured to support up to four 4K monitors and two 2K monitors, thereby satisfying the most demanding of users.

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by Michael Rink

Microsoft Announces Virtual Desktop on Azure

At their Ignite event this week Microsoft announced a host of updates to their Azure cloud services; prominent amongst them was Windows Virtual Desktop which will enter public preview later this year. Windows Virtual Desktop delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience allowing customers to deploy and scale Windows and Office on Azure, with built-in security and compliance. Desktop virtualization like Windows Virtual Desktop can be an important component in regulation compliance schemes, and Microsoft is planning on making it surprisingly easy to start using their new service. Once you sign up for Windows Virtual Desktop with an Azure subscription, the only additional cost is for the storage and compute consumption from the virtual machines themselves, which will live in your Azure subscription. 

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