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

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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by Tom Fenton

Samsung NX-N2-T Zero Client Review

The Samsung NX-N2-T NX Series Tera2 Zero Client Desktop is a moderately-priced zero client designed to deliver a virtual desktop to an end-user. One of the features that distinguishes the device from many other clients is its built-in support for Teradici’s PCoIP remote display protocol via a Teradici Tera2321 (Tera2) processor. This support allows the device to be used by VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon DaaS, Amazon WorkSpaces (AWS), Leostream, or any other virtual desktop that supports the PCoIP protocol. Its ultra-small form factor minimizes the space it takes up on a desk, and it can even be mounted on the back of a monitor using a VESA mount. The client supports two monitors and has 6 USB connectors.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Announces Wyse 5070 & Expands VDI Complete Solutions With PowerEdge

Today Dell announced its latest thin client aimed at the mid-range, the Dell Wyse 5070 thin client. This marks an expansion of Dells 5000 mainstream series of thin clients. Not only is this an expansion of the line, the 5070 is highly versatile and powerful replacing several offerings in the 5000 series. Dell EMC is also expanding its VDI Complete Solutions to now include PowerEdge 14th generation infrastructure and simplified configuration options.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Updates its Wyse Thin Clint Software & Management Suite

Today Dell announced that it was updating its thin client software with an eye for easing setup, management, and the ability to scale VDI solutions. The updates include the latest version of the operating system for Wyse thin clients, ThinOS 8.5, and an update to Wyse Management Suite, version 1.1. Dell is also announcing two new solutions, the Wyse Converter for PCs and Wyse Easy Setup.

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by Adam Armstrong

Aberdeen Announces AberVDI

Aberdeen LLC announced its VMware Horizon 7.0 certified Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution, AberVDI. This new turnkey solution contains all of the software and hardware that one would need to deploy their VDI in a single package. The company goes on to state that customers will be able to custom configure a VMware Horizon 7.0 VDI solution in minutes.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Unveils New All-in-One Zero Client, The t310 G2

Today HP announced the t310 G2 all-in-one zero client. The new zero client sports a narrow bezel that the company states will help provide seamless visuals, improved ergonomics and maximum data security. The new zero client is powered by Teradici and is compatible with VMware and Amazon virtual workspace environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Expands Its PCaaS Solution

Today Dell announced it was expanding its PC-as-a-Service (PCaaS) solution making it easier for companies to procure, deploy and manage PCs. Dell, with a partnership with VMware, also announced zero-touch Windows 10 Provisioning by VMware AirWatch service, as well as joint engineering initiatives to integrate VMware Workspace ONE, powered by AirWatch technology, with Dell Client Command Suite. The expanded PCaaS and partnership with VMware aim to simplify PC lifecycle management.

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