Virtual Servers, Real Growth

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 July 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

 

If you follow tech industry trends, you’ve probably heard of cloud computing, an increasingly popular approach of delivering technology resources over the Internet rather than from on-site computer systems.

Chances are, you’re less familiar with virtualization — the obscure software that makes it all possible.

The concept is simple: rather than having computers run a single business application — and sit idle most of the time — virtualization software divides a system into several “virtual” machines, all running software in parallel.

The technology not only squeezes more work out of each computer, but makes large systems much more flexible, letting data-center techies easily deploy computing horsepower where it’s needed at a moment’s notice.

The approach cuts costs, reducing the amount of hardware, space and energy needed to power up large data centers. Maintaining these flexible systems is easier, too, because managing software and hardware centrally requires less tech support.

The benefits of virtualization have made cloud computing an economical alternative to traditional data centers.

“Without virtualization, there is no cloud,” said Charles King, principal analyst of Pund-IT.

That’s transforming the technology industry and boosting the fortunes of virtualization pioneers such as VMware (NYSE:VMW – News), Citrix Systems (NMS:CTXS), two of the best-performing stocks in IBD’s specialty enterprise software group. As of Friday, the group ranked No. 24 among IBD’s 197 Industry Groups, up from No. 121 three months ago.

1. Business

Specialty enterprise software represents a small but fast-growing segment of the overall software enterprise market, which according to market research firm Gartner is set to hit $229 billion this year.

As with most software, the segment is a high-margin business. With high upfront development costs but negligible manufacturing and distribution expenses, specialty software companies strive for mass-market appeal. Once developers recoup their initial development costs, additional sales represent pure profit.

Software developers also make money helping customers install and run their software, another high-margin business.

But competition is fierce. Unlike capital-intensive businesses, software companies require no factory, heavy equipment, storefront or inventory to launch. Low barriers to entry mean a constant stream of new competitors looking to out-innovate incumbents.

In addition to the virtualization firms, notable names in the group include CA Technologies (NMS:CA) and Compuware (NMS:CPWR).

All offer infrastructure software to manage data centers.

“Big-iron” mainframe computers began using virtualization in the 1970s, around the time when CA and Compuware were founded.

In the late 1990s, VMware brought the technology to low-cost systems running ordinary Intel (NMS:INTC) chips. VMware has since emerged as the dominant player in virtualization.

Citrix has added a twist to the concept, virtualizing desktop computers. Rather than installing workers’ operating system and applications on hundreds of PCs spread across the globe, companies can use the technology to run PCs from a bank of central servers. Workers, who access their virtual PCs over the Internet, don’t know the difference.

Microsoft (NMS:MSFT) has jumped in with its own virtualization product, HyperV, which it bundles free into Windows Server software packages. Oracle (NMS:ORCL) and Red Hat (NYSE:RHT – News) have launched virtualization products as well.

Meanwhile, CA and Compuware are racing to move beyond their mainframe roots to support virtualization and cloud-computing-enabled data centers. In February, CA said it would buy 3Tera to build services and deploy applications aimed at the cloud-computing market.

And Compuware bought privately held Gomez, Inc. last fall to manage cloud application performance.

Name Of The Game: Innovate. With a fast-moving market and steady influx of new competitors, keeping customers happy with good service and money-saving breakthroughs is vital.

2. Market

Nearly everyone who runs a corporate computer system is a potential buyer of virtualization software. Companies ramping up their information-technology purchases use the software to manage their sprawling infrastructure; others with limited budgets use it to squeeze more out of their existing systems.

Sales of server-virtualization software are set to grow 14% this year to $1.28 billion, according to a report by Lazard Capital Markets. Sales of software to manage virtual environments will grow 44% in 2010 to $1.88 billion.

Desktop virtualization revenue will rise 184% this year to $847.8 million. Citrix has the edge in this budding market with its XenDesktop product.

VMware is dominant among large enterprises, controlling about 85% of the server virtualization market. Microsoft is favored by small and midsize companies.

Virtualization is seen as “a strategic asset” for enabling cloud computing, and continues to gain momentum, says Lazard analyst Joel Fishbein.

VMware has the early-mover advantage in this market with its vSphere platform and has stayed ahead by adding new features such as data security and disaster recovery, analysts say.

But Citrix is partnering closely with Microsoft to take on VMware in virtualization.

3. Climate

Competition is heating up as companies scramble to adopt virtualization. Before 2009, just 30% of companies used virtualization, says analyst Fishbein. This year, that will double to 60%. Most of the gain is coming from small and midsize customers.

In addition, virtual servers are soon expected to more than double as a percentage of the overall server workload, from 18% today to 48% by 2012.

VMware says it can stay a step ahead of the pack by building new features into its products, says Dan Chu, VMware’s vice president of cloud infrastructure and services.

“We have a large technology lead with what we enable for our customers,” Chu said. “We are several years ahead of what the others are doing.”

Citrix CEO Mark Templeton says his firm’s broadening strategy — offering a variety of products with multiple licensing options and distribution channels — will grow sales.

“What’s going on is a massive shift in how computing gets delivered,” Templeton said. “In an environment that’s changing so dramatically, the highest-risk thing you can do is not act.”

4. Technology

The first virtualization boom stemmed from a shift over the last decade away from big expensive mainframes and minicomputers to massive banks of cheap Intel-powered machines. Virtualization gave these low-cost systems some of the high-end features of their pricier counterparts.

Virtualization software makers are betting on a second wave of growth fueled by the industrywide shift to cloud computing.

Technology managers use virtualization to run cloud computing in their own data centers. And large tech vendors such as Microsoft use the technology for cloud-computing services they sell to customers.

Dividing computers into isolated virtual machines gives cloud service providers the benefits of shared computing resources without the security downsides.

VMware has the early lead in virtualization. But the technology is quickly becoming a commodity as Microsoft and others bundle it into their broader platforms.

“VMware is known as a virtualization company, and Microsoft is a platform company,” said David Greschler, who heads up Microsoft’s virtualization efforts. “Their strategy is to sell virtualization, but our strategy is to make virtualization available as part of a larger platform at no extra cost.”

At the same time, a shift toward a world of cloud-computing services hosted by the likes of Microsoft, Amazon.com (NMS:AMZN) and Google (NMS:GOOG) could lead to fewer companies purchasing virtualization software themselves.

Source: Investor’s Business Daily

VDI Performance Acceleration – Atlantis Computing’s ILIO

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 June 21st, 2010|Uncategorized|

VDI platforms use shared storage located centrally for VDI desktop images. However, Windows operating systems were designed to operate with a low latency dedicated local disk for every desktop. The Microsoft Windows family of operating systems is dependent on performing input/output (IO) intensive tasks such as file layout optimization, background defragmentation, antivirus scanning and virtual memory paging. However, in a VDI environment, these tasks result in placing a heavy tax on shared storage infrastructure as each user, application and desktop compete for limited IO capacity (measured in input/output per second-IOPS). Without adequate storage IOPS, applications and virtual machines take longer to boot and applications respond sluggishly, leaving users frustrated.

Atlantis ILIO is a revolutionary approach to deploying VDI that makes the Windows operating system perform well without massive investments in storage infrastructure. Atlantis ILIO boosts VDI desktop performance by transparently offloading IO intensive Windows operations from VDI shared storage. ILIO terminates operating system and application traffic on the same rack as the VDI servers before traffic hits the storage fabric. The result is a 10x performance increase for VDI desktops, which translates into faster VM boot times, logon, and overall application performance. Atlantis ILIO also eliminates VDI IO bottlenecks caused by boot storms, logon storms and antivirus scanning.

Source: Atlantis Computing

VMware Workstation 7 – What’s New

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 June 21st, 2010|Uncategorized|

Introducing VMware Workstation 7

Winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demo, and deploy software. Innovative features help software developers, QA engineers, sales professionals, and IT administrators to reduce hardware cost, save time, minimize risk, and streamline tasks that save time and improve productivity.

Optimized for Windows 7

Run Windows 7 in a virtual machine with the industry’s first support for Windows Aero 3D graphics. Install 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 in a virtual machine even easier than on your physical PC. VMware Workstation 7 works with Flip 3D and Aero Peek to show live thumbnails of your virtual machines and is optimized for maximum performance when running on Windows 7 PCs.

 

Best 3D Graphics Just Got Better

 VMware Workstation was the first to support 3D graphics in virtualized environments and is now the first to support Windows Aero in Windows Vista and Windows 7 virtual machines. Run even more 3D applications with support for DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.13D graphics in Windows virtual machines.

 

 

 

Most Advanced Virtualization Platform

Create virtual machines with up to 8 virtual processors or 8 virtual cores and up to 32GB of memory per virtual machine. Driverless printing makes your PC printers automatically accessible to your Windows and Linux virtual machines—no configuration or drivers required. Smart card authentication enables you to dedicate a Smart Card reader to a virtual machines or share access.

Features Professionals Cannot Live Without

  • Better than Windows XP Mode, you can run Windows XP with advanced 3D graphics, faster performance, and tighter integration with Unity, shared folders and drag and drop convenience.
  • Install and run VMware vSphere 4 and VMware ESXi in a virtual machine
  • New IDE integrations for the SpringSource Tools Suite and Eclipse IDE for C/C++
  • Replay debugging is now easier and faster
  • Remote Replay Debugging makes it easier to share virtual machine recordings for analysis

More Refined Than Ever

Protect from Prying Eyes
Protect your virtual machines from prying eyes with 256-bit AES encryption.Printing that Just Works
Driver-less printing makes your PC printers automatically accessible to your Windows and Linux VMs—no configuration or drivers required. Your PC’s default printer even shows up as the default, too.

Go Back in Time
Buggy applications, hardware failures, viruses and other malware do not give you fair warning to take a manual snapshot. AutoProtect luckily automatically takes snapshots at set intervals, protecting you from unexpected bumps in the road, making it easy to go back in time to when things were good.

Free Up System Resources
Pause a virtual machine to free up CPU resources for use by other running virtual machines or demanding applications.

What’s New in VMware Workstation 7.1

  • Support for 8 virtual processors (or 8 virtual cores) and 2 TB virtual disks.
  • Support for OpenGL 2.1 for Windows Vista and Windows 7 guests.
  • Greatly improved DirectX 9.0 graphics performance for Windows Vista and Windows 7 guests. Up to 2x faster than Workstation 7.
  • Launch virtualized applications directly from the Windows 7 taskbar to create a seamless experience between applications in your virtual machines and the desktop.
  • Optimized performance for Intel’s Core i3, i5, i7 processor family for faster virtual machine encryption and decryption.
  • Support for more Host and Guest Operating Systems, including: Hosts: Windows 2008 R2, Ubuntu 10.04, RHEL 5.4, and more Guests: Fedora 12, Ubuntu 10.04, RHEL 5.4, SEL 11 SP1, and more.
  • Now includes built in Automatic Updates feature to check, download, and install VMware Workstation updates.
  • Ability to import and export Open Virtualization Format (OVF 1.0) packaged virtual machines and upload directly to VMware vSphere, the industry’s best platform for building cloud infrastructures.

 

Deliver Desktops as a Managed Service with VMware

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 June 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Streamline Desktop Management and Deployment

Instantly provision desktops to local and remote users from the datacenter with VMware View. Standardize desktop deployments by creating images of approved desktops, then automatically provision as many as you need. Easily manage groups of users from a single desktop image. Delivering desktops as a managed service with VMware View typically lets you reduce your overall desktops costs by 50% by centralizing management and resources and removing IT infrastructure from remote offices.

Improve User Satisfaction

Provide a superior end-user desktop experience over any network, with VMware View with PCoIP, a high performance display protocol. Virtual desktop users can instantly access their personalized desktops, including data, applications and settings, from anywhere, without suffering the lag times of earlier technologies. Play rich media content, use multiple monitor configurations and seamlessly access attached peripherals.

Standardize Your Virtualization Platform

Enjoy a unified management experience through VMware View’s integration with VMware vSphere, the only virtualization platform tuned and optimized for desktops. Dynamically load balance virtual desktop machines to optimize computing resources. Power on thousands of desktops at once, without any performance degradation. Bring the power of the datacenter to the desktop and use a common platform to manage both servers and desktops from the datacenter to the cloud.

Easily Deliver Desktops to Remote Users

Deliver cost-effective virtual desktops and applications securely to call centers, government agencies, healthcare providers, branch campuses or offshore facilities. Give partner organizations and independent service providers temporary access to corporate desktops through a secure network connection. Perform maintenance and troubleshoot user issues without engaging in expensive on-site visits or maintaining remote IT staff and infrastructure. Deliver a high performance desktop experience to users—wherever they are.

Deliver Built-in Business Continuity for the Desktop

Meet work-from-home mandates in the event of quarantine or natural disaster with an emergency preparedness policy and VMware View 4, the only desktop virtualization solution that provides built-in business continuity and disaster recovery for the desktop at no additional cost.

Provide high availability for your desktops within your virtualized environment without the cost or complexity of traditional clustering solutions and back them up nightly in the datacenter as a business process. VMware View with VMware vSphere for Desktops lets you extend enterprise features such as VMotion, High Availability and Distributed Resources Scheduler to the desktop, ensuring an “always on” desktop. With VMware View you can:

  • Let your desktops take advantage of key features in the vSphere platform such as VMotion, High Availability, Dynamic Resource Scheduler and Consolidated Backup.
  • Access virtual desktop from a wide variety of devices over any network connection to ensure business continuity.
  • Quickly provision virtual desktops to remote users or groups of users in the event of a pandemic or catastrophic event when it is difficult for workers to access the office.
  • Keep desktops running even when server hardware goes down with automated failover and recovery.
  • Shift desktop computing resources automatically as user needs and application loads change with dynamic load balancing.
  • Give remote users a high performance desktop experience with VMware View with PCoIP while protecting access to sensitive data.

Ensure Security with Centralized Control and Management

Protect your organization’s information assets and ensure compliance with industry and government regulations such as HIPAA, SOX, government mandates on settings for PCs and more with desktop virtualization. VMware desktop virtualization solutions enable enterprises to secure data, centralize control of desktops and software access and maintain compliance without sacrificing end user needs.

Ensure Corporate Security Compliance with End User Restricted Entitlements

Ensure appropriate access for end users with specified credentials by restricting access to desktops based on the authentication method. For some business environments, this may mean, for example, you can allow access only to users who have authenticated with a smart card. VMware desktop virtualization solutions are modular by design, enabling integration with 3rd party software to allow for further extension of security requirements.

Maintain Locked-down Desktops without Restricting Application Access

VMware virtualized applications run entirely in user mode and can be deployed to fully locked down desktops. No administrative rights are needed to execute these virtualized applications. Additionally, applications can be encapsulated in a fully encrypted file for deployment. IT staff can be assured security compliance needs are met while enabling end users to easily and safely access business critical applications.

Manage and Track Software Application Usage & Deployment

Monitor software license usage and ensure compliance with vendors without imposing new process or enforcement tools. VMware desktop virtualization solutions provide out-of-the-box integrations with existing policy-based usage mechanisms such as Active Directory and LDAP. VMware View seamlessly plugs into existing management frameworks for discovery of software assets and systems, so you can use your existing monitoring and distribution tools to maintain single-pane-of-glass control of software license compliance.

Decouple hardware, applications and operating systems to eliminate compatibility issues during OS migrations and upgrades. Get the benefits of newer platforms without paying heavy support costs to test and troubleshoot integration issues. Run a single image of a new operating system across a variety of hardware types. Encapsulate older applications and even run multiple versions of the same application side by side.

Source: VMware

Cloud Computing with Wyse

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 June 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Cloud Computing involves using information technology as a service over the network.

  • Services with an API accessible over the Internet
  • Using compute and storage resources as a service
  • Built on the notion of efficiency above all
  • Using your own datacenter servers, or renting someone else’s in granular increments, or a combination

We at Wyse believe cloud computing has the potential to change how we invent, develop, deploy, scale, update, maintain, and pay for applications and the infrastructure on which they run.

Cloud Computing Benefits

Efficiency

Drives cost out of the delivery of services, eliminating capital expense in favor of more easily managed operating expense

Agility

Increases speed and agility in deploying services, adapting to seasonal or cyclical computing needs

Speed

Shortens implementation cycle time

Flexibility

With application deployment decoupled from server deployment, applications can be deployed and scaled rapidly, without having to procure physical servers

Ubiquity

Applications can be made available anywhere, any time

Cost avoidance

Minimizes the risk of deploying physical infrastructure, lowering the cost of entry, thin devices enable Green IT

Accelerated innovation

Reduces run time and response time, increasing the pace of innovation

Users

Task Workers

Call Centers addressing the trend to move employees off campus and into home
Challenge: PCs are virus prone, difficult to manage, and at risk of data being exposed or devices being stolen. Tried terminal services and dissatisfied with user experience
Require flexible seating, reduction in energy, and simplified management and deployment

Financial Services

Branch systems with varying classes of users across broad geographies attracted to client vitalization for security and compliance.
Challenges: VDI pilots proving difficult to scale, user experience across branch system is inconsistent, require higher levels of user functionality for banking peripherals.

Healthcare

Hospitals addressing the need for EMR and access to common databases and information
Challenge: Healthcare environment, ease of secure access to up to date EMR, access for field professionals. Risk of theft of traditional PC devices, and the liability of data loss and exposure, universal access throughout the primary and satellite facilities

Education

Schools need to provide common IT functionality to faculty, staff and students
Challenge: shrinking budgets, limited IT administrative support, ageing computing devices, providing lesson and status access to parents, teachers and students from home

Engineering

Technology companies needing to provide secure, access devices to on shore, off shore, and outsourced engineers and developers.
Challenge: Requirements to deliver productivity applications while addressing performance demands of engineers and developers

Simple EndPoint Benefits

Security/Privacy

No HDD prevents data from being stored on the client, improving data security. All data stays on the server / cloud, enhancing privacy enforcement. Devices can be virus proof, removing a security concern for the endpoint component of the environment.

Compliance

HIPPA in Healthcare, Basil-II in banking, and Sarbanes Oxley regulations all require data to be protected and centralized. Thin endpoints enforce this requirement, easing compliance.

Manageability

Lowest TCO is accomplished when all endpoints appear similarly to the server. TCs, TPCs, and Thin mobile devices (handheld and notebook size) are all centrally managed, and look the same to servers. Like the Southwest Airlines strategy – all 737-300s – easier to manage.

Reliability

Thin clients are far simpler in design than traditional PCs, and deliver far greater reliability. Measured in terms of MTBF (Mean time between failure), PCs offer 30 – 40K hours, but TCs deliver far better ratings at 80 – 375K hours.

Rapid Deployment

No imaging requirements on most thin devices make TCs deployable in minutes, not hours as with most PCs. TCs go from carton to desktop to productivity in minutes. No software to load, little configuration needed.

Power, Noise, Cooling

TCs use a fraction (less than 10 percent) of the energy needed by traditional PCs. No fans or moving parts in TCs eliminate noise, and reduce AC requirements in the work areas.

Pano Express Combines VMware vSphere™ Essentials, Windows 7 Operating System, Server and Storage Pre-Configured with Pano Logic’s Zero Client Platform

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 June 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Pano Logic, the leader in zero client desktop virtualization, today announced Pano Express, the only all-in-one zero client, hypervisor, operating system, server and storage solution available. Pano Express drastically reduces the capital costs (CAPEX) and complexity of implementing a complete desktop virtualization solution by providing a pre-loaded, pre-configured 50-user suite combining VMware vSphere™ Essentials, Microsoft Windows 7 licenses, and server and storage hardware with Pano Logic’s award-winning zero client platform for just $489 per seat. That is the lowest cost available for a complete, all-in desktop virtualization solution.  Pano Express

The pre-configured, pre-loaded all-in suite is designed for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) and eliminates the complexity and resources required to cobble together the right infrastructure, storage and software for these organizations. With an all-in price of $489 per seat, CAPEX spending for Pano Express is approximately half of what virtual desktop deployments from other vendors cost. The reduced complexity of Pano Express strips the decision-making process to one simple question: “How much does it cost to get started?” More importantly, because Pano Logic is a true zero client solution, with no processors, software or storage on the client device, lifecycle savings from reduced management, energy, repair and replacement costs are dramatic. Pano Express provides annual total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of as much as 80 percent over a typical PC infrastructure.

“Pano Express is the lowest cost desktop computing solution on the planet when you factor in the huge long-term savings in reduced support, maintenance and energy costs from zero client computing,” said John Kish, CEO of Pano Logic. “We’ve dramatically lowered the cost and made the entire transition process – the decision, the purchase, and roll out – simple for any organization to undertake regardless of training or expertise. Having already deepened our technical integration with VMware View™, we are continuing to expand our affiliation with VMware. Our low-cost, zero-complexity desktop virtualization solution will transform the implementation path for organizations embracing 100% centralization.”

Pano Express includes 50 zero client Pano Systems, VMware vSphere Essentials, 50 Windows XP or Windows 7 virtual desktop licenses, and a custom configured dual-quad core server with high-performance RAID5 internal storage. Pano Systems are comprised of the zero client Pano Device, Pano Direct service and Pano Manager. Pano Express ships pre-loaded and pre-configured, and will be available for purchase through an approved Pano Logic reseller in North America. 

“We’re pleased with the release of Pano Express, a pre-packaged solution that will enable SMBs to tap the extreme value and simplicity of desktop virtualization,” said Patrick Harr, vice president, desktop virtualization at VMware. “This suite is a powerful tool for expanding and speeding the adoption of desktop virtualization so that customers of all sizes can realize the dramatic savings and simplicity of centralized computing.”

Available in early June, Pano Express has already achieved success in the marketplace.

“I was sold on Pano Logic based on the ongoing support, maintenance and energy savings I would realize over time but when I learned of the additional price benefits and the convenience of having all of the software fully loaded and ready to go, I jumped at Pano Express,” said Mike Stewart, Assistant to the Director of Information Systems of the Blue Ridge High School District. “My department is stretched thin trying to maintain a computing infrastructure with limited resources. Having the computing equipment arrive, the software fully loaded and the components ready brought tremendous peace of mind and immediate savings in deployment costs.” 

About Pano Logic
Pano Logic is the leader in Zero Client Desktop Computing. Pano Logic’s all-in-one hardware and software solution redefines the delivery and management of end user computing by radically centralizing desktop management. Pano Logic is a complete end-to-end solution purpose-built for desktop virtualization that deploys in under an hour and dramatically simplifies the complexity and management of virtual desktops and slashes computing TCO by as much as 80 percent. The Pano Device, a zero client, contains NO processor, NO operating system, NO storage, NOR any moving parts, completely eliminating endpoint management and security breaches. The Pano Device uses less than 5 watts of energy or 97% less than a PC, drastically reducing energy costs. To learn more, visit http://www.panologic.com

Source” Pano Logic

Bandwidth Requirements for XenDesktop 4

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 May 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Great resource for determining bandwidth requirements for XenDesktop
 
The following graph provides a summary of the Average Bandwidth consumed for native Citrix XenDesktop and the performance benefits gained when Citrix Branch Repeater is integrated into the Citrix XenDesktop solution. All the numbers shown below are for the respective workflows over a WAN connection of 1.5 Mbps, 80ms latency and 1% packet loss (with the exception of the HD video which required a 10Mbps connection based on the high data rate of the video).

For complete article

Source: Citrix

Wyse Xenith™ – The zero client built for Citrix

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 May 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Meet Wyse Xenith

Zero delays, Zero management, Zero security issues – Citrix HDX.

Outfit your cloud with the fastest, easiest to manage, and most secure Citrix client we’ve ever built – and that’s saying something.

From the company that invented the category and built more zero clients than anyone.

Yes, anyone.


 

Zero Delays

 

Go from 0 to productivity faster than a Ferrari.

Wyse Xenith is ready to work in six seconds because its dynamically delivered firmware is smaller than a single digital photograph. Its efficient design is three times faster than competing devices and sports gigabit LAN and wireless-n, so it’s ready for serious tasks whether you’re wired in or not. With an industry first media decoder in hardware, Wyse Xenith will be able to deliver HD video without taxing your server, network or patience.


 

Zero Management

 

That’s right, no management. It’s a zero configuration client.

Most thin clients require you to add software, tweak settings, or configure them in some way before you can use them. Not Wyse Xenith. Just take it out of the box and connect it to your network – your Citrix XenDesktop server configures it to your preferences.

Wyse Xenith is completely configurable, yet no management software is needed. So unlike some clients, when a hot new feature is released, you won’t need to buy new ones to get it.


 

Zero Security Issues

 

It’s one less thing to worry about.

Wyse Xenith is the only dynamically configurable zero client that is virus and malware immune.

Yes, immune.

There are no Windows or Linux APIs for viruses to latch on to, so even network and memory-borne viruses can’t attack. Unlike other HDX compatible clients, Wyse Xenith needs absolutely no local firewall or anti-virus protection.


 

Zero Energy Use (Almost)

 

Save $70 a year in energy versus a PC*

Wyse Xenith draws less than 7 watts of power – in full operation.

That’s less than every PC on the planet. And no multimedia rich client on the market today uses less energy.

When you hug a tree – it might hug back.


 

Zero Compromise User Experience

 

Wyse Xenith is built for Citrix environments.

XenApp, XenDesktop, it’s what Wyse Xenith lives for.
It’s quite simply the best Citrix HDX client this side of Win32.
With HDX support that goes beyond any non-windows device on the market today.

The desktop just got a lot easier.

Specs

Processor: VIA 1GHz
Chipset: VIA VX855
Memory: 128MB Flash / 512MB RAM DDR2
I/O peripheral support: One DVI-I port, DVI to VGA (DB-15) adapter included
Dual-video Support with optional DVI-I to DVI-D plus VGA-monitor splitter cable (sold separately)
Four USB 2.0 ports (2 on front, 2 on back)
Two PS/2 ports
One Mic In
One Line Out
Enhanced PS/2 Keyboard with Windows Keys (104 keys)
PS/2 Optical mouse included
Networking: 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit Ethernet
Internal 802.11 b/g/n (optional) eliminates theft of external wireless adapters
Display: VESA monitor support with Display Data Control (DDC) for automatic setting of resolution and refresh rate
Dual monitor supported
Single: 1920×1200@60Hz, Color depth: 8, 15, 16, 24 or 32bpp,
Two independent full resolution frame buffers
Dual: 1920×1200@60Hz, Color Depth: 8, 15, 16, 24 or 32bpp
Audio: Output: 1/8-inch mini jack, full 16 bit stereo, 48KHz sample rate
Input: 1/8-inch mini jack, 8 bit stereo microphone
Physical characteristics: Height: 1.38 inches (34mm)
Width: 6.94 inches (177mm)
Depth: 4.75 inches (121mm)
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs. (2.7kg)
Mountings: Horizontal feet (optional vertical stand)
Optional VESA mounting bracket
Device Security: Built-in Kensington security slot (cable sold separately)
Power: Worldwide auto-sensing 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz. Energy Star V.5.0 compliant power supply
Average power usage with device connected to 1 keyboard with 1 PS/2 mouse and 1 monitor: Under 7 Watts
Temperature Range: Horizontal and Vertical positions: 50° to 104° F (10° to 40° C)
Humidity: 20% to 80% condensing
10% to 95% non-condensing
Safety Certifications: German EKI-ITB 2000, ISO 9241-3/-8
cULus 60950, TÜV-GS, EN 60950
FCC Class B, CE, VCCI, C-Tick
WEEE, RoHS Compliant
Warranty: Three-year hardware warranty

Local Virtual Machine-based Desktops – Powered by XenClient

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 May 11th, 2010|Uncategorized|


The consumerization of IT is having a profound impact on enterprise IT in general and desktop management in particular. An increase in demand for mobility and the features of consumer-oriented devices, has led to the introduction of Bring Your Own Computer programs to offer users the flexibility to choose their own laptop. The benefits for users are clear – BYOC programs enable users to select computers that meet both their personal and professional requirements. For IT, BYOC frees them to work on strategic business and IT initiatives as opposed to PC asset management and break-fix.

So what’s the problem? Historically, concerns about security and the applicability of traditional desktop configuration management tools have slowed the adoption of BYOC initiatives. Enter XenClient – a revolutionary new Xen-based client hypervisor that will enable IT to deliver each employee’s corporate desktop into a secure, centrally-managed virtual machine that runs directly on that user’s laptop, making these problems a thing of the past. When available, XenClient will be the industry’s only client hypervisor to offer “100% isolation” to ensure that all corporate applications and data are completely isolated from personal data, increasing security and simplifying regulatory compliance.

When utilized in conjunction with XenDesktop, the new XenClient offering will transform the way corporate desktops are delivered and managed, giving IT the benefits of centralized management and security while also providing users with the performance, personalization and flexibility they demand. In the future, XenDesktop may also offer the Traditional desktop management challenges such as hardware upgrades, employee moves and lost or stolen laptops will become less significant because IT will now be able to centrally terminate the corporate desktop on any device and quickly deliver it on a new laptop. Best of all, because the desktop and applications execute locally, users are free to work online or offline with the rich performance and experience of a traditional laptop.

Wyse – What is Thin Computing and Zero Client Computing?

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 May 7th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Thin Computing delivers the productivity people need, at a lower cost than traditional methods, all without compromising security or manageability. Thin Computing replaces the PC with a Thin or Zero Client, making it easier for IT to manage user desktops by moving their complexity to the datacenter. Analysts agree that this approach improves the reliability and security of information, dramatically lowers IT costs, reduces energy consumption, and is far better for the environment. Yet Thin Computing still provides the access to applications and data that people need in order to move the business forward. All while improving on the security, reliability, and availability of PCs.
People often make the mistake of thinking that Thin Computing is just another name for thin-client computing. Actually, Thin Computing includes hardware services and software that work with Thin Clients, Zero Clients, and PCs, as well as wireless devices and other systems. It gives everybody in the organization secure access to the information and the applications they need, without requiring the desktop systems to store them.


Why Thin Computing and Why Now?

Today, as much as 80 percent of IT’s budget is allocated to maintenance, making it very hard for any IT organization to add value to the business. Chief Information Officers have seen their titles evolve to Chief Infrastructure Officer, as they are totally consumed by the need to avoid regulatory problems and keep things running at the same time. Thin Computing not only reduces the cost to deliver desktop computing by as much as 40 percent or more, it also frees IT staff time to focus on more strategic initiatives.

Additionally, the increased availability of high-bandwidth network connections and the sophistication of datacenter architectures based on Microsoft Windows Terminal Services, Citrix Application Delivery, or VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, allow Thin Computing solutions to run at desktop speeds, and display rich multimedia like never before. This makes it easier and more acceptable for business professionals to use Thin Clients in mission-critical applications.

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What is Zero Client Computing?

The majority of today’s thin clients have a small OS in them that provides the functionality to securely connect to servers and display applications for workers. The small amount of software in these devices is why they’re called “thin” clients. Enterprises have successfully adopted this technology in the millions of units, and for some, there is an opportunity to make the desktop or mobile device even thinner – called a Zero Client. A Zero Client has no local OS pre-installed on the unit. This information is provisioned to the desktop (like a cell phone is provisioned when purchased) when it is powered up, based on the worker’s role in the organization. Zero Clients cost less, and don’t need to be managed, but require more network bandwidth than Thin Clients.

Why Wyse Thin Computing?

Wyse is the worldwide leader in Thin Computing, offering Thin and Zero Clients before anyone else. Wyse software makes it easy to provision, manage, update, and even service any Thin or Zero Client from one central location. After all, it’s much easier and more cost-effective to manage several servers than thousands of individual desktop PCs. And with no moving parts thanks to solid-state technology, Wyse Thin and Zero Clients deliver greater reliability, availability, and lower cost of ownership than other solutions.

Wyse Thin Computing solution includes:

Thin-Computing Hardware
Thin-Computing Software
Thin-Computing Services

This total solution allows Wyse to deliver improved:

Going forward, the world is only going to get thinner. And Wyse is already moving in that direction. Check back soon to see exactly how we’re getting thinner. Thin Computing delivers the productivity people need, at a lower cost than traditional methods, all without compromising security or manageability. Thin Computing replaces the PC with a Thin or Zero Client, making it easier for IT to manage user desktops by moving their complexity to the datacenter. Analysts agree that this approach improves the reliability and security of information, dramatically lowers IT costs, reduces energy consumption, and is far better for the environment. Yet Thin Computing still provides the access to applications and data that people need in order to move the business forward. All while improving on the security, reliability, and availability of PCs.
People often make the mistake of thinking that Thin Computing is just another name for thin-client computing. Actually, Thin Computing includes hardware services and software that work with Thin Clients, Zero Clients, and PCs, as well as wireless devices and other systems. It gives everybody in the organization secure access to the information and the applications they need, without requiring the desktop systems to store them.

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