Chromebook Request For Proposals Feb-12 Thin Client Computing

Chromebook Touchscreen Computer

Chromebook Request For Proposals Feb 12

Ten or so different Chromebook projects with around 20,000 units in requirements, if not more.

  • Indiana — Four thousand seven hundred twenty-five (4725) or more student and staff Chromebooks — NOTICE TO BIDDERS Warrick County School Corporation Boonville, Indiana The Warrick County School Corporation (WCSC) is seeking suppliers to provide four thousand seven hundred twenty-five (4725) or more student and staff Chromebooks. The Request for Proposal documentation may be obtained either at the Warrick County School Corporation Administration building located at 300 East Gum Street, Boonville, Indiana, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM or by contacting xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Proposals will be accepted until 9:30 AM (CST) February 26th, 2021 at which time the sealed bids will be opened. Proposals that are received after this date and time will be returned unopened. The Warrick County School Corporation will not accept proposals that are sent via E-Mail. The bid opening will be a virtual meeting only. Bids will be opened and displayed during the virtual meeting via a document camera. Sealed proposals need to have a label clearly indicating that it is for the Chromebook RFP. The sealed proposals need to have delivery confirmation and will be accepted at the following address. Warrick County School Corporation ATTN: Chromebook RFP 300 East Gum Street PO Box 809 Boonville, Indiana 47601 The Warrick County School Corporation reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to waive any “informalities” in the proposals received whenever such selection, rejection or waiver is in its best interests. hspaxlp
  • Arizona – Chromebook Purchase Request for Proposal 20-21-109 — Deadline: 3/12/2021 2:00 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) — Description: The purchase of approximately 3,000 Chromebooks to support the District 1 to 1 student devise ratio.
  • California — qty 3000 in Covina, CA — 3/12/2021 response date
  • New York — The Board of Education of Half Hollow Hills Central School District of Huntington and Babylon hereby invites the submission of BIDs on the following items: BID #20-21: PURCHASE AND DELIVERY OF ACER C733 AND C871 CHROMEBOOKS AND GOOGLE MGT. LICENSE 10 PACK BUNDLES BIDs will be received until 2:00 p.m. on the 26th of February, 2021, at the Business Office, Central Administration Building, 525 Half Hollow Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746; at which time they will be opened and read. Specifications and Forms may be obtained at the same office.
  • Pennsylvania — SAN, Backup Servers, UPS, and Wireless APs/Licensing, Chromebooks, and laptops — The Baldwin-Whitehall School District is soliciting proposals for SAN, Backup Servers, UPS, and Wireless APs/Licensing, Chromebooks, and laptops.
  • Louisiana — The bid package title is as follows: Chromebooks w/ Protective Carrying Cases Bid# 32-21 Opening: February 23, 2021 @ 11:00 am CST Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the above stated times and dates in a Conference Room of the Lafayette Parish School System Central Office Building. Complete bidding documents may be obtained on the Purchasing Department website at https://www.lpssonline.com/site638.php
  • Virginia — The Virginia Beach City Public Schools will receive sealed proposals from qualified firms to furnish the goods identified in the specifications document. Scope of Work: Virginia Beach City Public Schools requests proposals from prospective Offerors to provide Chromebook, Desktop and Laptop Parts and Chargers in accordance with specifications and requirements contained herein.
  • Wisconsin – Qty 525 — SFSD is seeking proposals for the lease of 525 Chromebooks for a four-year lease beginning during the 2021-2022 school year. The specifications for which the District is seeking pricing and manufacturer information are listed herein.
  • Iowa — 1,300 Academic Chrome OS Management Licenses We are looking to purchase our chromebook licenses before the price increases. We are accepting proposals/quotes on the following items: Quantity Manufacturer Part # Description 1300 Google-CROSSWDISEDU Google Chrome OS Management Console – License – Academic

Browsers – NFC (Near Field Communications) by default in Chrome Engine Now

Google Chrome Interactive Features

Chrome Gets NFC enabled

Chrome Gets NFC enabled

Editors Note – All of the most mature Browser Lockdown products for secure desktop use the Chrome Engine. This latest device integration by Google is significant. NFC (Near Field Communications) is a core technology used often in self-service kiosks. Browsers have become the viewports for all.

Excerpt from TechRadar:

Web browsers are developing and evolving faster than ever, and this is certainly true of Google Chrome. The company has just released a new beta version the browser – Chrome Beta 89 – and it includes a number of keys updates to APIs that open up a host of exciting new features.

There are different things to look forward to depending whether you’re using the mobile or desktop version of Chrome, but Android users on the beta program have gained a new way to interact with NFC tags. Desktop users have an easier way to share content to social media, and there’s more too.

Google has enabled web NFC (Near Field Communications) by default, which means Android users can interact with displays and exhibitions at museums and galleries, sign into buildings, and more. Android devices running Chrome 89 can also write to NFC tags which has lots of possibilities.

Chromebook Touchscreen – Touch Screen Computers

Chromebook Touchscreen News

Editor Notes

Chromebook Touchscreen Computer

Chromebook Touchscreen Computer

Chromebook touchscreen computers are a popular item when it comes to a thin client or restricted computer client. IT administrators usually hold up a big sign that says Patch Management with Windows is Hell. I know I used too (then we switched to LTSB). There is something to be said for Windows-based thin clients especially since, historically, they have been largest segment.  And management was easier.

We see it in digital signage where management features and sheer graphics internet rendering are king priority.  Windows has a greater tendency to interrupt.

Touchscreens are a natural.  Most of the interfaces are beginning to blend the mobile UI into the desktop,  discarding the “historically popular” mouse pointer and the little square icon. Pick up a telephone handset and look at the size of the buttons. Not a bad reference.

Anyway, we digress. Here is a quick topical look at Chromebook touchscreen computers.

Here is listing from November 2020 from Android Authority

There are huge advantages to using a Chromebook over a laptop or a tablet. In short, a Chromebook fills a niche somewhere between the two. It tops a tablet in terms of power, but it doesn’t sacrifice too much in the way of portability. Now, why not make your setup even more powerful with a flexible touchscreen Chromebook? Here are our picks for the best ones available.

With a price starting at just $279, few Chromebooks or tablets offer as much flexibility out of the box as the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. With its convertible design, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is one of the best touchscreen Chromebooks for those who prefer to have options.

Then you have Laptop Mag

Excerpt:

What is the best Chromebook?

The best Chromebook you can buy if you’re looking for something on the lower end of the market is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. It’s perfect for on-the-go, casual users and students who are looking for a petite device that can easily fit into their everyday commuter bag. Its tiny form factor is ideal for travelers who are heavily reliant on Google applications such as Google Chrome and Google Docs. It’s also excellent for folks who simply want a portable device to watch YouTube videos, enjoy some Netflix and browse the web.

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet also comes with a detachable keyboard and kickstand cover — two accessories that will help transform the tablet into a proper little laptop. One downside of the Duet, though, is that if you’re someone with massive hands, you may find that the Duet’s form factor is too small.

Now if you’re not afraid to splurge a little bit more on your Chromebook, and you want a device that can handle multitasking and heavy productivity workloads, I’d argue that the Google Pixelbook Go is one of the best Chromebooks you can buy. It has a super-slim design, a bright, colorful display and solid performance benchmarks. It’s certainly an attractive alternative to Windows, however, keep in mind that the keyboard might be too shallow for your tastes.

Here is their top 10

  1. Asus Chromebook Flip C434
  2. Samsung Chromebook 3
  3. Dell Chromebook 3189
  4. Google Pixelbook Go
  5. HP Chromebook x2
  6. Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630
  7. Acer Chromebook 715
  8. Lenovo Chromebook Duet
  9. Acer Chromebook Spin 713
  10. HP Pro C640 Chrome Enterprise

Let’s Not Forget Walmart

 

Citrix DDoS attack vectors – Citrix says it’s working on a fix, expected next year.

Article on ZDnet Dec2020 Citrix DDOS Attacks

Excerpt


By for Zero Day |  | Topic: Security

Threat actors have discovered a way to bounce and amplify junk web traffic against Citrix ADC networking equipment to launch DDoS attacks.

While details about the attackers are still unknown, victims of these Citrix-based DDoS attacks have mostly included online gaming services, such as Steam and Xbox, sources have told ZDNet earlier today.

The first of these attacks have been detected last week and documented by German IT systems administrator Marco Hofmann.

Hofmann tracked the issue to the DTLS interface on Citrix ADC devices.

Read full Article on ZDnet Dec2020 Citrix DDOS Attacks

ChromeOS Trajectory Altered With Acquisition by Google

Chrome OS Google

Chrome OS Google

From Computerworld ChromeOS Explosion – Dec2020

A subtle-seeming Google purchase paves the way for a dramatic expansion of Chrome OS’s reach — and a dramatic reimagining of what a Chromebook even is.

Neverware and the Chrome OS connection

I first wrote about Neverware nearly five years ago, but the company’s actually been around even longer than that. Its primary purpose is creating a piece of software called CloudReady, which is basically a version of Chrome OS without all the Google-specific elements baked in.

CloudReady + Google = ?

The most important takeaway of Google’s Neverware purchase comes from a recently published FAQ on the purchase — with the emphasis being mine:

“Over the long term, CloudReady will become an official Chrome OS offering.”

An official Chrome OS offering!

And that means people — and perhaps most critically, companies — could take an abandoned old Windows or Mac computer out of storage and turn it into a fully functional, official-update-receiving Chromebook, with minimal cost, ample advantages, and few to no asterisks attached.

From a business perspective, that should be a massive opportunity to bring existing hardware back to life and cut down on the need for new purchases. (Remember, too, that Google just unveiled a new system for enterprises to run Windows apps on Chrome OS — a suddenly very relevant-seeming twist.) Neverware says such systems will eventually be managed via the standard Google Admin console. And support for them will be provided directly by Google, just as it would with any traditional enterprise-managed Chrome OS devices.

We recommend reading the full article From Computerworld ChromeOS Explosion

Thin Client News – Dell Wyse scores two perfect 10 security flaws

 

Dell Wyse Thin OS Thin Client Security Flaws

Dell Wyse Thin OS Thin Client Security Flaws

Dell Thin Client From the Register Dec 2020

Dell, which pitches its Wyse ThinOS as “the most secure thin client operating system,” plans to publish an advisory on Monday for two security vulnerabilities that are as bad as they could possibly be.

CVE-2020-29491 and CVE-2020-29492 are both critical flaws, managing a perfect (although unwelcome) CVSS score of 10 out of 10. The vulnerabilities, which affect all Dell Wyse Thin Clients running ThinOS versions 8.6 or earlier, allow more or less anyone to remotely run malicious code and to access arbitrary files on vulnerable devices.

The issues were identified by security biz CyberMDX, which said in its disclosure, “The profound potential impact of these vulnerabilities coupled with the relative ease of exploitation is what makes them so critical.”

“We encourage customers to apply the remediations and follow the best practices described in the Dell Security Advisory (DSA-2020-281),” a Dell spokesperson told The Register in an email. “The security of our products is critical to helping ensure our customers’ data and systems are protected.”

PCI Compliance for Unattended Self-Service Kiosks Announcements


KIosk Manufacturer Logo

KIosk Manufacturer Logo

WESTMINSTER, Colo.Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA), the leading unattended self-service kiosk association established in 1995, today announced the launch of new initiatives in the PCI Compliance space for unattended self-service kiosks. Those initiatives include providing content for the PCI Perspectives Blog, creating a SIG or Special Interest Group on PCI SSC for unattended and semi-attended transaction, as well as new guidepost content from our sponsors and members outlining best practices.

The kiosk association has a standing PCI Compliance committee and a Slack-based working group (free to join). Members include OTI GlobalUnattended Card Payments (UCP)Datacap SystemsIngenicoKioWareOlea Kiosks, Lilitab and Self-Service Networks who provide Cash2Card Giftwise.

“The pandemic is fundamentally altering the relationship that business and customer have had historically. Rather than the conventional ‘push’ from storefront to customer, the ratio of customers ‘pulling’ from business is rapidly increasing. Online mechanisms are no longer optional but instead, mandatory,” says association spokesman, Craig Keefner. “Contactless and touchless are the new cornerstones. Shortening those transaction timeframes whether Drive-Thru or Text-to-pay are the new base metrics.”

The pandemic impact on the currencies and payment methods involved in today’s secure transaction has also expanded. Cash2Card deployments are rising and instead of the old Redbox DVDs at McDonalds you may soon have a new Bitcoin ATM Kiosks.

Technologies emerging and in-use include conversational artificial intelligence (AI) and all types of visual recognition systems (automobile license and facial examples given).

To stay informed on customer self-order and employee terminals sign up for our monthly news update or you can visit our website.

Visit: https://kioskindustry.org/standards/pci-emv-kiosk/.

About Kiosk Manufacturer Association:

Based in Westminster, Colorado the Kiosk Manufacturer Association or KMA has served the unattended self-service kiosk market since 1995. The Kiosk Association leads the effort to optimize self-service engagements and outcomes using technology such as kiosks, digital signage, and touchscreens.

Regulatory issues such as PCI Compliance and EMV are a primary focus for the KMA along with ADA Accessibility. KMA is a Participating Organization with the PCI SSC. For ADA, the KMA meets annually with U.S. Access Board on accessibility standards for unattended. Additional market coverage includes digital signage, interactive digital, Point-of-Sale, Smart City, vending and robotics. See us on LinkedIn. KMA is available on https://kioskindustry.org and https://kma.global

Patient Registration Kiosk – Advantage Series

Advantage Series – Patient Kiosks

Patient Registration Kiosk Systems – Advantage Series

A focus on health and safety

Healthcare Kiosk Patient Check-In Frank Mayer

Healthcare Kiosk Patient Check-In Frank Mayer

Patient kiosks allow staff to focus on what matters – streamlining the check-in process and keeping employees healthy. Healthcare kiosks offer a high quality of care to patients and guests who walk through your door while also allowing less human contact with your counter staff who are at greater risk of being exposed to illness during check-in procedures.  Other uses for healthcare self-service kiosks include: dental office kiosks, emergency room kiosks, and more.

Take a look at our standard kiosks which can be customized for your healthcare setting.

Healthcare kiosks offer many benefits

Emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, dental facilities, senior living, university health centers and more are adding patient check-in and self-service kiosks.

Kiosks provide:

Chromebooks and services Parkway School District accepting bids for – 7500

Chromebook technology Trends for 2021

Chromebook technology Trends for 2021

Chromebook RFP Parkway School

OBJECTIVE

 The district is currently accepting proposals from vendors for the following model:

o Chromebook: Acer C-733T

 The district may also purchase smaller quantities of Chromebook devices between May 1, 2021, and May 1, 2022.

 The District requires delivery within 30 days of receipt for additional purchase orders to our warehouse at 363 N. Woods Mill Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017.

 Quantities are estimates and are listed as guidance in estimating volume pricing. The District does not guarantee any quantities that it will purchase as a result of this invitation for bid.  Parkway is currently seeking a one-year agreement

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

Professional Services Requirements:

A. Setup Services

o Quantity: 7500

o Description: Setup services including domain registration. Many resellers provide “white glove” services that include registering the Chromebooks in our G-Suite domain. This increases the ease and efficiency of deploying the devices. Parkway is looking for domain registration for all devices purchased, as well as the option for asset tagging.

B. Hardware/Software/Licensing Requirements:

o Chromebook Option: Acer C-733T

 Quantity: 7500

 Minimum Requirements:

 Intel Processor

 4GB RAM

 16GB SSD

 11.6” touch display

 1-year warranty (minimum)

o Academic Google Chrome OS Management License

 Quantity: 7500

 Description: Academic Google Chrome OS Management License and Support for 5 years for GAFE

 Domain: parkwayschools.net

C. Optional Requirements:

 Professional Services Requirements: N/A

 Hardware/Software/Licensing Requirements: Accidental/Extended Warranties – Please include a detailed description of warranty coverage, claim or repair process, average repair times, and any associated costs (including shipping). ∙ 3-year cost ∙ 4-year cost

SB-3 TIMETABLE:

Bid Publish Date 11/23/2020

Bid Close Date 12/14/2020 11:00 AM CST

Bid Questions Due by Date: 12/8/2020 By end of business day

Bid Questions Responses by: 12/11/2020 By end of business day

Location of Bid Opening: Online via Google Meets Bid Opening Link: meet.google.com/bdc-idzm-xzc


If interested contact Craig at catareno.com


Since 1999, Thinclient.org has been reporting the thin client computing market as well as the ChromeBook, Zero Client, Android clients, Pi Raspberry Clients and Thick Client market. Generally the cloud computing market since it started with companies such as Citrix back in the late 80s.

A thin client is a lightweight[vague] computer that has been optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. This contrasts with a fat client or a conventional personal computer; the former is also intended for working in a client–server model but has significant local processing power, while the latter aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thin client hardware generally supports a keyboard, mouse, monitor, jacks for sound peripherals, and open ports for USB devices (e.g., printer, flash drive, webcam). Some thin clients include legacy serial or parallel ports to support older devices such as receipt printers, scales or time clocks. Thin client software typically consists of a graphical user interface (GUI), cloud access agents (e.g., RDP, ICA, PCoIP), a local web browser, terminal emulators (in some cases), and a basic set of local utilities.

New hardware interfaces includes socket-based enabled devices eliminating the need for a physical USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is also a big factor for devices.

ChromeBook 2021 Predictions

Chromebook technology Trends for 2021

Chromebook technology Trends for 2021

2021 Predictions for ChromeBook

For those of you who’ve been around for more than a year, you likely remember us making the same sort of grandiose statements last year around this time, excited by the proposition of new 10th-gen Intel-based Chromebooks and the slew of MediaTek MT8183-touting Chrome OS devices we were expecting. While some of those devices showed up and showed out (I’m looking at you Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and HP Chromebook x360 14c), lots of devices were delayed and we’re still here waiting for their eventual arrival a full year later.

Much of this is obviously due to the pandemic and the shock it put on manufacturers and supply chains in the spring, but no excuses change the fact that we didn’t quite see the massive tidal wave of Chromebooks we were hoping for in 2020. It doesn’t matter why they didn’t all make it to market, it only matters that they never materialized, and this leaves us with a backlog of devices that likely won’t make it to store shelves in 2020.

Mix these lingering 2020-bound Chromebooks with a massive uptick in Chromebook adoption, far more manufacturer interest, and a huge increase in chipset options moving into 2021, however, and you have what feels very much like the calm before the storm here in the latter parts of 2020. While we thought there was a lot of Chromebook hardware on the way in 2020, there’s almost no real comparison as we move into 2021. There are now a total of 9 different families of devices we’re tracking as we move into the new year as compared to the couple big groups we were expecting in 2020, so let’s quickly recap them.

Read full article 2021 Predictions for ChromeBook

 

 

Since 1999, Thinclient.org has been reporting the thin client computing market as well as the ChromeBook, Zero Client, Android clients, Pi Raspberry Clients and Thick Client market. Generally the cloud computing market since it started with companies such as Citrix back in the late 80s.

A thin client is a lightweight[vague] computer that has been optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. This contrasts with a fat client or a conventional personal computer; the former is also intended for working in a client–server model but has significant local processing power, while the latter aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thin client hardware generally supports a keyboard, mouse, monitor, jacks for sound peripherals, and open ports for USB devices (e.g., printer, flash drive, webcam). Some thin clients include legacy serial or parallel ports to support older devices such as receipt printers, scales or time clocks. Thin client software typically consists of a graphical user interface (GUI), cloud access agents (e.g., RDP, ICA, PCoIP), a local web browser, terminal emulators (in some cases), and a basic set of local utilities.

New hardware interfaces includes socket-based enabled devices eliminating the need for a physical USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is also a big factor for devices.

 

Cloud Computing Shaping the Modern Workforce

thinclient news Cloud Computing and the Modern Workforce

From Techspective Nov 2020 —

Excerpt:

Organizations are enhancing safety and security, reducing costs and increasing operational flexibility by using cloud computing platforms.

After two decades of advances, cloud computing has now established itself as a core business tool for many of the world’s largest companies and organizations. A variety of platforms for remote processing, data storage and encryption offer any sized entity the ability to use simple, affordable Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and desktop workstations for their computing needs. In fact, leading research firm Gartner predicted in 2019 that global cloud computing revenue would rise 17 percent this year, and it’s possible the real figure will be even higher with the events of 2020 causing many more organizations to shift to remote and home-based operations.

Healthcare providers, government agencies, schools and businesses of all kinds are benefitting from the enhanced security, reduced maintenance costs and added operational flexibility cloud computing provides. By moving the actual data processing and storage to a professionally encrypted central location, access can be more tightly controlled and data can be better protected against many types of digital attacks, including phishing and ransomware.

At the same time, thin clients and zero clients like those from LG can reduce both initial layout costs and maintenance costs, simplify company-wide software updates and enhance worker flexibility.

VXL appoints Feeder as its new French thin client software distributor

Société FEEDER - Vitrolles (13)

VXL announce a new distribution agreement with leading French IT distributor, Feeder, to supply its full range of thin and zero clients, homeworking solutions and unified endpoint management software.

VXL appoints Feeder as its new French thin client & software distributor

Société FEEDER - Vitrolles (13)

Société FEEDER – Vitrolles (13)

 Manchester, UK – VXL announce a new distribution agreement with leading French IT distributor, Feeder, to supply its full range of thin and zero clients, homeworking solutions and unified endpoint management software.

Founded in 1983, Feeder has established itself as one of France’s leading value-added IT distributors with an extensive track record in medical and industrial sectors specialising in graphic/video/print, PC displays, mobility PCs/tablets, components/peripherals and network security hardware and software solutions.

This new agreement sees Feeder further expand its existing product portfolio with the introduction of VXL’s comprehensive range of thin and zero clients, homeworking solutions including Fusion Secure Desktop and CloudDesktop On the Go, and its leading Fusion UEM, unified endpoint management.

“We’re excited to team-up with one of France’s most established value-added IT distributors and broaden our reach throughout the French reseller channel,” said Frank Noon, VXL VP Worldwide Sales. “With its expansive relationship network, Feeder is the leading go-to distributor in France for cloud and virtualisation solutions, making them the perfect partner to meet the growing demand for VXL’s thin client and software-related products.”

Feeder customers will now have access to the widest choice of thin and zero clients featuring both Windows 10 IoT enterprise and Gio6 Linux operating systems. Available with a three-year warranty as standard, all VXL desktops support the latest industry protocols including Citrix HDX, VMware Horizon View, Microsoft RDP and Teradici PCoIP.

For organisations looking for a homeworking solution for their employees, Feeder will be offering VXL’s new Fusion SecureDesktop and CloudDesktop on the Go software. Designed to easily convert any office or home PC / laptop into a Windows or Linux virtualised environment respectively, VXL’s homeworking software provides fast and secure access to company apps and data with no compromise to the host PC.

As to endpoint management solutions, Feeder will also incorporate VXL’s Fusion UEM software with its the ability to manage both mobile (smartphones, tablets, PDAs, data scanners) and desktop PCs and laptops. Devices running Android, Windows 7 and 10 Professional, Windows Embedded 7, 8 and 10 IoT, Windows Mobile, Windows POS, iOS and MacOS operating systems can be all be efficiently managed from a single dashboard console.

Pascale Allen, Feeder’s Co-President and owner, commented, “VXL’s pricing, product performance and pedigree make them a highly-competitive and trusted brand. Their new thin client and software solutions not only represent a significant enhancement to our existing product offering but also underline our commitment to add more value to our channel partners going forward.”

-Ends-

For more information, please email Ian Cope, VXL PR Manager at: [email protected]

About VXL

VXL is a global leader in both the supply of thin clients and the creation of software for homeworking solutions, unified endpoint management, PC desktop repurposing and digital signage. VXL Software’s commitment to quality and competitiveness enables the company to provide solutions which do not just reset the benchmark within that product category, they also deliver unprecedented value for money.

VXL’s corporate HQ, and software development team, are in Mumbai, India, with the Americas group headquarters based in Houston, Texas, and the European HQ in Manchester, UK. Dedicated sales and support offices are based in key strategic markets – including Germany, France, Singapore and the UAE.

For more information, please visit: www.vxl.net or www.vxlsoftware.com or email: [email protected]

About Feeder

Founded in 1983, Feeder is a long-established, value-added distributor that provides cutting-edge IT solutions for the demanding medical, industrial and institutional sectors. It provides an extensive product portfolio of hardware and software solutions including graphic/video/print, PC displays, mobility PCs/tablets, components/peripherals and network security including telephony and VOIP.

The Feeder-Group supports its partners in the development, management and implementation of IT projects. Its service and support centre offer personalised services for the installation, integration, administration, training or support of the technologies distributed by Feeder-Group. While its highly certified engineers benefit from extensive pre and post technical and sales experience and thanks to regular manufacturer training, provide its partners with the added value that their customers require.

For more information, please visit: https://www.feeder.fr/ or email: https://www.feeder.fr/contactez-nous

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Dell Hybrid Thin Client: Seamless Cloud-Optimized Computing With Ubuntu

From HotHardware Sep2020 —

What Exactly Is A Dell Hybrid Thin Client (DHC)?

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At its core, Hybrid Client is a combination of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and hardware. It starts with the Dell systems like its OptiPlex 7070 Ultra platform or Wyse 5070 thin clients, running a highly-customized Ubuntu 18.04 Long Term Support (LTS)-based operating system. However, Dell representatives also told us that basically any Dell system that runs Linux is a good candidate for Hybrid Client, including sleek notebooks like the XPS 13 Developer Edition. Since these systems arrive ready to deploy, this distro should also keep deployment costs down.

Brochure

 

 

 

About Thin Client

 

Since 1999, Thinclient.org has been reporting the thin client computing market as well as the ChromeBook, Zero Client, Android clients, Pi Raspberry Clients and Thick Client market. Generally the cloud computing market since it started with companies such as Citrix back in the late 80s.

A thin client is a lightweight[vague] computer that has been optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. This contrasts with a fat client or a conventional personal computer; the former is also intended for working in a client–server model but has significant local processing power, while the latter aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thin client hardware generally supports a keyboard, mouse, monitor, jacks for sound peripherals, and open ports for USB devices (e.g., printer, flash drive, webcam). Some thin clients include legacy serial or parallel ports to support older devices such as receipt printers, scales or time clocks. Thin client software typically consists of a graphical user interface (GUI), cloud access agents (e.g., RDP, ICA, PCoIP), a local web browser, terminal emulators (in some cases), and a basic set of local utilities.

New hardware interfaces includes socket-based enabled devices eliminating the need for a physical USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is also a big factor for devices.

Chromebook RFP North Carolina

New RFP for Chromebooks Yancey County Schools.

Chromebook RFP Lenovo 300e Touchscreen Chromebook ● Display: 11” ● Memory: 4 GB ● Storage: 32GB

Four Year Warranty

● No deductible ● Free shipping both ways when there is an incident ● Hardware fail ● Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) ● Theft/loss ● Spare parts on site, if desired ● 3-year battery warranty (1 replacement) ● No limit on ADP Claims ● Advance Exchange ● Custom online portal for warranty claims submissions 1,000 Google Management License 1,000

White Glove Service

● All systems arrive ready to go ● Device Enrollment onto district domain ● Update BIOS to latest auto update ● Power on and test devices and adapters prior to shipping

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Thin Client Market Forecast August 2020

Thin Client Market Forecast August 2020

Thin Client Market Report

From PRNewswire August 2020 — The $469M market is predicted by these people to reach $633 by 2027. Not a big fan of Research and Markets research market reports judging from some of the other reports they have done. A lot of internet scraping I think.

I think it is worth noting that the thin client market is very diverse.  Historically we have been stuck on Windows clients but these days we have ChromeOS, Android, much more linux and Raspberry PI.

If you look at the Cloud Computing, Azure, AWS, Rackspace, Cloudflare for that matter, it is growing exponentially. And two of the biggest variables in  all that is security and privacy.

Still, as a “point in time” baseline from internet scraper we have these numbers.


 

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Industrial Thin-client Platform estimated at US$469.3 Million in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$633.3 Million by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 4.4% over the analysis period 2020-2027. Hardware, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 4.3% CAGR and reach US$299.2 Million by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Software segment is readjusted to a revised 4.8% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

The Industrial Thin-client Platform market in the U.S. is estimated at US$138.2 Million in the year 2020. China, the world`s second largest economy, is forecast to reach a projected market size of US$112.2 Million by the year 2027 trailing a CAGR of 4.1% over the analysis period 2020 to 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 4.3% and 3.4% respectively over the 2020-2027 period. Within EuropeGermany is forecast to grow at approximately 3.6% CAGR.

In the global Services segment, USACanadaJapanChina and Europe will drive the 4.1% CAGR estimated for this segment. These regional markets accounting for a combined market size of US$89.6 Million in the year 2020 will reach a projected size of US$119 Million by the close of the analysis period. China will remain among the fastest growing in this cluster of regional markets. Led by countries such as AustraliaIndia, and South Korea, the market in Asia-Pacific is forecast to reach US$72.7 Million by the year 2027.We bring years of research experience to this 6th edition of our report. The 163-page report presents concise insights into how the pandemic has impacted production and the buy side for 2020 and 2021. A short-term phased recovery by key geography is also addressed.

Competitors identified in this market include, among others:

  • Advantech Co., Ltd.
  • American Industrial Systems, Inc.
  • ASUSTeK Computer, Inc.
  • Centerm Information Co., Ltd.
  • Dell EMC
  • Devon IT, Inc.
  • Fujitsu Ltd.
  • Hewlett-Packard Development Company LP
  • IGEL Technology GmbH
  • MiTAC International Corporation
  • Ncomputing

 

Telemedicine RFPs – Aug 6 – VA, UVA, San Benito, Virginia

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VA Telehealth Requirements CARES Act July 2020 Introduction This Request for Information (RFI) is issued for the purpose of conducting market research. Accordingly, this RFI constitutes neither a Request for Proposal (RFP) nor a guarantee that one will be issued by the Government in the future.Ã? Furthermore, it does not commit the Government to contract for any services described herein.Ã? Do not submit a proposal. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not, at this time, seeking proposals or quotes, and therefore, will not accept, review, or evaluate unsolicited proposals or quotes received in response hereto.Ã? This notice is not to be construed as a commitment on the part of the Government to award a contract, nor does the Government intend to pay for any information submitted as a result of this request.Ã? The Government does not reimburse respondents for any costs associated with submission of the information being requested or, reimburse expenses incurred for responses to this RFI.Ã? The information provided may be used by VA in developing its acquisition strategy and Product Description/Performance Work Statement. Any information submitted by respondents to this RFI is strictly voluntary; however, any information received shall become the property of the Government and will not be returned to the respondent. Interested parties are responsible for adequately marking proprietary, restricted or competition sensitive information contained in their response. This is a request for information and does not obligate the Government in any way, nor does it commit the Government to any specific course of action. The agency does not intend to award a contract from this RFI but rather gather information, capabilities and market information pertinent for acquisition planning. The responses to this RFI will be captured as market research and may contribute to the development of an acquisition strategy. Information provided may be used to assess tradeoffs and alternatives available for the potential requirement and may lead to the development of a solicitation. All submissions become Government property and will not be returned. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Background The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to using cutting-edge technologies and scientific talent in its quest to give Veterans additional modalities of virtual healthcare, including telehealth. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, VA has doubled network bandwidth and increased the number of virtual private network user accounts for solutions like telehealth, which is now supporting up to 31,000 telehealth visits per day. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes VA to increase its telehealth services, provides funding to support increased demand for telehealth services and allows VA to enter into short term agreements with companies to provide pro bono or subsidized connection to telehealth services. The Department s Office of Connected Care is interested in exploring innovative telehealth connection opportunities to expand and improve the care provided to Veterans. VA continues to drive increased Veterans access to telehealth, with a particular focus on populations most at risk such as homeless and low socioeconomic status Veterans. VA provides access to telehealth in a number of ways including secure video, secure messaging, online portal, phone application, and others to ensure that Veterans can access care when and where they need it. VA s video telehealth platform (VVC), is one of the largest and most successful digital health platforms in the nation and VA remains committed to the goal of all VA providers being able to offer VVC services to Veterans when clinically appropriate and requested by the Veteran. VA is seeking technology companies, telecommunication companies, and partnerships between telecommunication companies and telehealth technology providers to bring improved internet access to Veterans at home or at secure and convenient points of service. VA is open to new and innovative telehealth technologies, yet those technologies must be paired with improved internet or broadband connection. Information Sought Responses will be reviewed to determine the contractor s capability to successfully conduct a project of a similar size, scope, approach, focus, complexity. The contractor shall provide information that demonstrates whether the contractor is capable of meeting the VA s need. The Government requests responses to the specific questions provided in this RFI. Responses should demonstrate capability, not just confirm capabilities. Any response that does not adequality address each question will be considered non responsive, and therefor not capable in performing the work. Responses are limited to 10 pages in length. If you will be working with another company, please ensure that you include information for all teaming partners. General company information including the following: Name of company Email address Phone number Company s business size and DUNS number Number of employees Average Annual Revenue from contracts (3 years) Current Contracts: Number of contracts performing similar services Average value of the contracts Value of the largest contract Average level of effort in the contracts (in hours) Total level of effort in the largest contract (in hours) List any Federal contracts in which you are a prime contract holder. Please indicate whether you are a small business, and if so, what type of small business you are. Are you able to comply with FAR 52.219-6 and 52.219-14 in execution of this effort? Are you able to comply with VAAR 852.219-10/11, VA Notice of Total Service-Disabled/Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside and with subcontracting limitations in execution of this effort? Provide an overview of your company s telecommunication capabilities and reach to rural areas, underserved markets, and people who are homeless and low socioeconomic status. Please describe any innovation and existing coverage or timeline in this endeavor. Describe your company s experience and ability to provide pro bono or discounted telecommunications connections. Provide particular emphasis on your company s ability to provide these connections in areas of low connectivity. Describe how your team s technology works in low bandwidth geographies and/or is compatible with telephone systems for rural areas. Describe your company s plans for 5G deployment to include timelines, expected coverage across the country by region, and planned participation in upcoming FCC spectrum auctions. In less than one page, please provide any ideas or innovation that you can suggest to VA to further expand broadband and telehealth access to Veterans. Submission Instructions Responses and any questions for this RFI shall be submitted to Anthony Zibolski, Contract Specialist and Carey Kauzlarich, Contracting Officer via email ([email protected] and [email protected]). Final Responses are due no later than August 21 2020 at 4:00 PM EAST. The subject line of the email shall read RFI Response 36C10X20Q0180 | VA Telehealth Requirements CARES Act.

UVA

UVA Medical Center houses the outpatient and inpatient clinical portion of UVA Health which also includes the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and UVA Physicians Group (UPG). Inpatient and outpatient services are provided in a number of geographic locations which must be served by clinical and financial information systems. UVA Health has routinely been included in rankings of high quality providers including Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals (#1 hospital in Virginia for fourth consecutive year in 2019) and Best Children’s Hospitals (eight nationally ranked specialties in 2019), and Best Doctors in America

San Benito

Request for Qualifications, RFQ#0120-TNCSS, Telemedicine and Nurse Coordinator Supervision Services Includes Addendum #1
San Benito ISD
Virginia
Reference #: RFP RFP 2020-10-2
More Info:

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (“DMAS†or the “Departmentâ€) is soliciting proposals from firms that will aid the Department in achieving the goals and objectives as stated in Virginia’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) SUPPORT Act Section 1003 Grant. The overall project goal of the solicitation will be to create a telemedicine curriculum for evidence-based practices for Substance Use Disorder (SUD)/ Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other related conditions treatment delivery.

Teladoc Buys Livongo – Major Telemedicine Acquisition Consolidation

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Teladoc Health Wednesday announced it would acquire highflying telehealth rival Livongo

From Chicago Tribune

Telemedicine involves care delivered remotely, often with a live video connection through patient smartphones or tablets. Millions of patients were forced to try it for everything from routine care to checkups with specialists after COVID-19 shut down much of the economy earlier this year.

Teladoc said late last month that its total visits tripled in the recently completed second quarter to 2.8 million, and revenue grew 85%. The company also said it expects gains to spill over into 2021, when it projects revenue growth of between 30% and 40%.

Read full story from Chicago Tribune


TDOC Stock: Nearly $159 For Each Livongo Share

Teladoc Health will pay 0.592 share plus $11.33 for each Livongo share. That’s worth $158.99 a share, or $18.5 billion, based on Teladoc stock’s closing price Tuesday. It’s a 10% premium over Livongo stock’s record closing price of 144.53 on Tuesday.  Investors.com article

Telemedicine – Executive Order Expanding Telehealth

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From FierceHealthcare

Hospitals

Trump signs executive order to expand telehealth, boost rural health care

telemedicine thin client President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday to support healthcare in rural areas by permanently expanding some telehealth services beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials said they plan to issue a proposed Physician Fee Schedule rule that will cement some regulatory flexibilities enacted during the public health emergency to reimburse for telehealth visits. Examples include emergency room visits, nurse consultations, and speech and occupational therapy, they said.
Full article From FierceHealthcare

From Yahoo News and Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order expanding access to telehealth services for 57 million Americans in under-served rural areas and elsewhere, after virtual visits soared during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, who is counting on votes from backers in rural areas in the 2020 presidential election, said the new order would ensure that telehealth services expanded during the pandemic remained in place even after the public health emergency ended.

He also directed the Department of Health and Human Services to cut regulatory burdens and develop a new payment model that allows rural providers to waive some existing Medicare rules and ensure more predictable financial payments.

Americans in rural areas are more likely to die of five leading causes of death such as cancer and heart disease than their urban counterparts, the White House said, with transportation challenges, shortages of healthcare workers and a dwindling number of hospitals diminishing access to good care.

“Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was fine, but it wasn’t anything raging, and I guess one of the only good things that we’ve gotten out of this horrible situation is that telehealth has been increased,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showed that virtual visits by phone or video soared to almost 1.7 million per week in the last week of April from 14,000 before the pandemic, according to the executive order.

Telemedicine – Request for Proposal Cherokee Nation

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telemedicine thin client Introduction:

The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and thereby has sovereign status granted by treaty and law. Tribal sovereignty is the right to selfgovernance. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, capital of the Cherokee Nation. The jurisdictional area of the Cherokee Nation (hereinafter “Nation”) covers 14 counties. The Health Services Group administers patient care and oversight for the transactions with the full support of Cherokee Nation.

The Nation is seeking sealed proposals from interested parties to provide a telemedicine/telehealth/virtual care platform for Health Services.

Complete information regarding the scope of work and specifications is provided in this Request for Proposal (RFP). The Nation is requesting sealed proposals from qualified companies with knowledge and previous experience providing such platforms for organizations similar in size and scope. It is the goal of the Cherokee Nation to be a leader in all aspects of healthcare. The Cherokee Nation operates a network of eight (8) ambulatory health clinics, one (1) hospital in a 14 county area of northeastern Oklahoma. The Nation will be accepting sealed proposals from Indian and Non-Indian parties. Indian preference will be given only to responding parties who provide proof of current certification from the Cherokee Nation Tribal Employments Office (TERO) located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, telephone number (918) 453-5000. Indian preference will be applied in accordance with Cherokee Nation Acquisition Management Policy and Procedures. Proof of TERO certification must accompany and be included in proposal submittal.

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Chromebook RFP Examples – New Touchscreen Chromebooks Qty 2000

Thin Client RFP

HP Chromebook Example this month

Wilson County Public Schools — Lenovo 300e Touchscreen Chromebook qty 1637

● Display: 11” ● Memory: 4 GB ● Storage: 32GB

Four Year Warranty 1637

● No deductible

● Free shipping both ways when there is

● an incident Hardware fail

● Accidental Damage Protection (ADP)

● Theft/loss

● Spare parts on site, if desired

● 3-year battery warranty (1 replacement)

● No limit on ADP Claims

● Advance Exchange Google Management License 1637 Chromebook Charging Cart Up to 75

● Holds approximately 30 Chromebooks

● Comes fully assembled

● Includes cable management Prefer delivery no later than August 13, 2020


SIDNEY PUBLIC SHOOLS

NOTICE TO CALL FOR BIDS – CHROMEBOOKS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of School Districts 5 and 1, Richland County, will receive sealed bids at the Sidney Public Schools Administration Office 101 South Central, Sidney, Montana until 11:30 AM, Friday, August 7, 2020, for the purpose of purchasing: 650- HP 14” Touchscreen Chromebooks

SPECIFICATIONS (650- HP 14” Touchscreen Chromebooks):

14” Touchscreen new Chromebooks ONLY (NO REFURBISHED UNITS)

Ram: 4 GB

Storage: Minimum of 32 GB

Ports: One (1) HDMI Video Output; Minimum of Two (2) USB 3.0 Ports; Type C-Charging Port

OPTIONAL:

Cost of carrying bags/sleeves for individual 14” Touchscreen Chromebooks

Sealed bids will be publicly opened and read at 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 7, 2020 at the Administration Office 101 South Central, at which time all bids will be referred to the IT Department for a recommendation for consideration of bid award at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to be held at 7:00 PM, Monday, August 10, 2020 at the Administration Office.

Bids must include F.O.B. to Sidney Public Schools and be submitted in a SEALED ENVELOPE marked:

Sidney Public Schools Chromebook Bid

Nicole Beyer, District Clerk

Sidney Public Schools

101 S Central

Sidney, MT 59270

Files

259-9800023_13773300

BID78199329_SPS-650Chromebooks


  • DATE PUBLISHED

    07/18/2020

  • NUMBER

    1007105

  • TITLE

    HP Chromebook G8 Education Edition

  • CATEGORIES

    ComputersComputer displaysPrinter and photocopier and facsimile accessoriesElectrical cable and accessoriesComputer display accessories

  • DESCRIPTION

    Please quote quantities and models that are available for immediate shipment.

    Please do not quote items with a lead time, or expected lead time.

    QTY: 2500 – or more if avaialable
    Description: HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition TOUCHSCREEN – Chromebook Only
    4GB Ram, 32GB Memory OR 8GB Ram, 32GB Memory
    LCD: LCD: 11.6″ diagonal HD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit touch screen

    QTY: 2,500 – or more if available
    Description: HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition – Chromebook Only
    4GB Ram, 32GB Memory OR 8GB Ram, 32GB Memory
    LCD: 11.6″ WLED 1366 x 768 / HD

    The District is open to quotes for an HP G7 or an HP G6 Chromebook if they’re available.

    Please provide the unit price in your quote
    Please provide shipping cost (if applicable) to 92701

    Delivery required within 7-days ARO

    NOTE: Quotes and communications outside of this platform will not be answered or accepted. That includes emails and phone calls to anyone in our District regarding this request.

  • RESPONSES RECEIVED

    20 / 30 Quotes

  • DUE DATE

    08/07/2020 11:00 AM MDT

Chromebook – the Seven Best on a Budget from Wired

HP Chromebook

                                      Samsung 15″ at Best Buy for $299

The Chromebooks listed in the Wired article are on the spendy side. Not sure why “Budget” is included in title.  Maybe that is more catchy and more political than “cheap”.  The budget Chromebook here is the Dell for $400.  You can go on the Dell site and get 11″ Education model for $249.  HP starts even “less expensive” with $199 and the 11″ Chromebook.  If you can go thru a reseller like Synnex, then a nice HP G7 is $250. Recertified gets you around $150. I think I paid $175 for my HP.

It’s a good play for advertising dollars listing out the big boys for sure. Samsung, Acer, Google, Lenovo example given. Price ranges up to $800.

Definitely NOT on my budget…

Excerpt:

If you spend all day in a web browser, use Google apps, and don’t need all the rest of the stuff that comes with Apple’s MacOS or Microsoft Windows, Google’s ChromeOS offers a sleek, all-you-need, nothing-you-don’t computing experience. Throw in the ability to run both Android and Linux apps and you just might be able to replace your old laptop with a Chromebook.

Chromebooks have a reputation as cheap, low-end devices. And, while they can be that—offering an exceptional bargain in many cases—that’s not the end of the story. Just because you strip away the software fluff doesn’t mean you have to strip away the hardware power as well. There are high-end Chromebooks that are very powerful, capable machines. In many ways, they’re the best of all worlds, with good hardware, lightweight software, and everything you need for web-based work.

Members of WIRED’s Gear team have tested Chromebooks for almost a decade now. For this guide, I pulled in and tested more than a dozen of the laptops over the past six or so months. If you’re looking for a Chromebook, these are our picks.

Cloudflare Eating AWS’s Serverless Lunch

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Cloudflare Serverless

From Data Center Knowledge Jul 2020

Cloudflare Serverless cloud computing

The New York Stock Exchange welcomes Cloudflare Inc. (NYSE:NET)) to celebrate its IPO. Co-founder and CEO, Matthew Prince, along with Co-Founder and COO, Michelle Zatlyn, joined by NYSE President Stacey Cunningham, ring the Opening Bell®.

Its CEO says the new serverless platform is cheaper and faster than Amazon’s, Microsoft’s, and Google’s.

Yevgeniy Sverdlik | Jul 27, 2020

Excerpt:  

Matthew Prince says what the new cloud service engineers at his company Cloudflare have cooked up beats competing services by the three cloud giants – AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud – on both performance and price. On price alone, it beats the largest of them, AWS, the most, according to him.

The new service builds on the work Cloudflare has done for its three-year-old Workers platform for serverless computing at the edge. Called Workers Unbound, it lifts the limitations Workers had for how resource-intensive a workload it could support and how long an execution time it would allow.

Cloud PC Rumors Microsoft Desktop As A Service Flying – Too Little too Late?

News article on ZDNet this week got the rumor mill going on Microsoft finally launching a Windows Desktop As a Service via Azure. The writer found a job description on Microsoft website which details the role.

Microsoft’s vision of Cloud PC is that it is the only M365 powered user compute experience delivered from azure and managed by Microsoft – at a flat per user price.  Microsoft Cloud PC is a strategic, new offering that is built on top of Windows Virtual Desktop to delivering Desktop as a Service. At its core, Cloud PC provides business customers a modern, elastic, cloud-based Windows experience and will allow organizations to stay current in a more simplistic and scalable manner. It has never been a more exciting time for us to start this initiative!  

We’re not convinced.  We can see parallel to Chromebook with a new “EdgeBook” client. We would think there are more web-enabled backends to use and connect with than there are the historical Windows interface. Applications really only need a browser and internet to be an application. What do we need Windows for?

Excerpt from ZDnet

For years, many of us Microsoft watchers have expected Microsoft to create a true virtualized Windows PC experience. Well, it’s happening, likely as soon as spring 2021.

Microsoft is currently calling the coming virtualization service “Cloud PC.” Cloud PC won’t replace locally installed Windows (and Office) — for the foreseeable future, anyway. It will be an option for customers who want to use their own Windows PCs made by Microsoft and/or other PC makers basically like thin clients, with Windows, Office and potentially other software delivered virtually by Microsoft.

I found a  job description posted June 5 for a program manager for Microsoft’s Cloud PC team on the company’s careers site. The description of Cloud PC isn’t super-detailed — or surprising to anyone following Microsoft’s virtualization strategy.

KMA Adds Product Listings for COVID19

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temperature check kiosk See BusinessWire for KMA release — the COVID19 situation has advanced to where the KMA has found it necessary and useful to have separate product listings for software and hardware solutions in the COVID space. This includes the ultimate thin clients which enable touchless operation of computer stations. The mobile becomes the remote control proxy.

Excerpt:

WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Kiosk Manufacturer Association announces specific product listings for coronavirus-related self-service assistance. Tailored specifically for coronavirus product offerings are the following:

  • Temperature kiosks for screening and fever detection. Over 20 solutions to choose from and they range from less than a $1000 to more than $25K depending on regulatory approval and accuracy.
  • Outdoor kiosk solutions for temperature check, ticketing and screening.
  • Kiosk Software such as Protection As A Service, non-touch touchless software and more.
  • Touchless Solutions – range from modified IR, foot pedal, gesture, voice-nav and more.
  • Free and Discounted Covid-related hardware and software solutions. Includes portable digital signage, hand sanitizer kiosks, Sani-holders for sanitizer (designed and used by Panera e.g.).
  • Cashless – Cash-2-Card self-service kiosks create a frictionless interaction between customer and cashier.

From Craig Keefner, manager of the Kiosk Manufacturer Association, ”Now is the time to provide maximum confidence and access to customers AND employees. Without customers, all the financial subsidies are only a temporary solution, and not a very profitable one. Customers and employees deserve the confidence to return to stores and workplaces. Testing and screening is key to that objective. We can include students, teachers and military personnel for that matter.”

There are many webinars on self-service our members hold. Zebra is holding a series of webinars on Innovating In A Time of Change.

Thin Client Review HP t640

HP t640 Review
HP t640 Review

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From Storage Review Jul 2020 and Tom Fenton — In this article, we will give an in-depth overview of the t640 VDI client’s specifications, design and build quality, and a summary of the testing that we carried out on it. We will then lay out the key findings from those tests and provide our thoughts about the device and briefly discuss who would benefit from using this product.

HP t640 Thin Client Specifications

Below are the specifications of the t640 VDI Client we used in this review. Other configurations of the t640 are available.

  • Model: HP t640
  • Part Num: M5R76AA
  • MSRP: $561 USD – Street price $651 USD
  • Client type: Desktop thin client
  • Form factor: Small desktop
  • OS: Windows 10 IoT LTSC 2019 (HP ThinPro optional)
  • Supported remote display protocols: Microsoft RDP; HP RGS; VMware Horizon RDP/PCoIP, Blast Extreme; Citrix ICA/HDX (not all OS support all protocols), TTWin, TTerm and others
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen R1505G with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics
  • Memory: Hynix 8 GB DDR4L-2400 SODIMM (2 x 4 GB)
  • Storage: Phison 128 GB Flash memory
  • Speaker: Internal amplified speaker system for basic audio playback.
  • Display: Three displays at up to UHD/4K (3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz) resolution
  • Power: 19.5V, 4.62A external power adapter
  • Ports:
    • 1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2
    • 3 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1
    • 1 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 2
    • 2 x USB-A 2.0
    • 1 x RJ45
    • 6 x full size DisplayPort 1.2
    • 1 x 3.5 mm headphone/microphone Combo
    • 1 x AC power
  • Network connectivity:
    • RJ45 – Realtek RTL8111HSH Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Controller with support for DASH out-of-band remote management
    • Intel Wireless-AC 9260 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo; 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
    • Bluetooth 5
  • Physical size: 3.5 x 19.6 x 19.6 mm
  • Physical weight: 1 Kg
  • Color: black
  • Keyboard: HP USB Slim Business Keyboard with built-in smart card reader (TPC-S001K)
  • Mouse: HP USB Optical Mouse (MOFYUO)
  • Compliant standards: UL, CSA, FCC, Energy Star, EPEAT 2019, and many others
  • Package Contents: t640, Power Adapter, HP mouse and keyboard, base stand, warranty and setup guide
  • 1 & 3-year parts and labor warranty available

Read full article with findings From Storage Review Jul 2020

Thin Client vs. PC Debate VDI endpoints

Virtual Desktop Endpoints

Virtual Desktop Endpoints From VirtualDesktop Jul2020 —  IT has the responsibility to provide virtual desktop endpoints that maximize UX based on the use cases, so admins should learn the different sides of the thin client vs. PC debate.

Jo Harder

By Jo Harder

End-user requirements for thin clients vs. PC endpoints
Even the best ticket system will result in some delays for users, and these problems can get even worse for remote workers. Remote employees don’t have the same access to in-person IT support. Therefore, organizations should put an emphasis on ease of use for the user when they choose an endpoint.

Corporate devices provide more ease of use than personal devices because they are pre-configured for work purposes and centrally maintained — there is nothing the users need to install and nothing for them to maintain. Thin client devices get some bonus points regarding ease of use because if there’s a problem that a reboot won’t fix, IT can ship a new unit overnight. With a PC, it’s not so easy.

Security is a major concern for any virtual desktop deployment, and this is especially the case when users access corporate resources from personal devices such as PCs. If IT does not apply the appropriate protections against malware to the personal device, the end user device is vulnerable to file transfers, keyloggers and other security threats. IT professionals must lock down the virtual desktop endpoints, and they can accomplish this by disallowing or scanning file transfers, for example.

Read full article From VirtualDesktop Jul2020

Telehealth Telemedicine Projects RFPs – July 2020

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Telehealth Telemedicine Projects

telemedicine thin client The world of telemedicine and telehealth is expanding and much of the base infrastructure, on both sides of the aisle, is thin client computing.  Especially given the HIPAA regulations the handling of patient data is extremely important.  Generally most telemedicine telehealth client stations are “cloud clients”.

Here are some from today for reference

Program Name Organization Level 1 Organization Level 2 Status
Telehealth Platform and Platform Software Support Service NEW MEXICO NEW MEXICO, UNIVERSITY OF Post-RFP
TELEHEALTH ASSESSMENTS AND PRIMARY CARE SERVICES CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO, COUNTY OF Post-RFP
Telemedicine Services TEXAS LYFORD IND SCH DIST 902 Post-RFP
Telehealth Platform and Services WASHINGTON CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Post-RFP
RURAL PRENATAL TELEMEDICINE PILOT PROJECT ARIZONA ARIZONA STATE DEPARTMENTS Post-RFP
5965–SPECIAL; ; TELEHEALTH; ROOM KITS; IRON BOW TECH; CV ACTIVATION FSS VA119-15-A-0131 VETERANS AFFAIRS Pre-RFP
Telehealth Services ARIZONA WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 6 Post-RFP
6515–Remote Patient Monitoring – Home Telehealth (RPM-HT) FY 2022 VETERANS AFFAIRS Forecast Pre-RFP
Telemedicine Services NEW YORK NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENTS Source Selection
Telehealth Equipment and services ALABAMA ALABAMA STATE DEPARTMENTS Source Selection
TELEHEALTH PLATFORM AND PLATFORM SOFTWARE SUPPORT SERVICES NEW MEXICO NEW MEXICO, UNIVERSITY OF Source Selection

Microsoft Citrix Partnership Grows Deeper

Microsoft Citrix

Microsoft Citrix Microsoft Citrix Partnership July 2020

From the Verge July 2020 — Microsoft and Citrix have been working together closely for decades, but that partnership is going a step further today. Microsoft is partnering with Citrix to use the company’s Citrix Workspace portal as its “preferred digital workspace solution,” and Citrix is using Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform.

Microsoft and Citrix have been working together closely for decades, but that partnership is going a step further today. Microsoft is partnering with Citrix to use the company’s Citrix Workspace portal as its “preferred digital workspace solution,” and Citrix is using Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform. It’s a deal designed to speed up Citrix customers to move to the cloud and virtual desktops.

Microsoft has been investing heavily in Windows Virtual Desktops recently, ever since the pandemic forced many businesses to shift to working from home. Windows Virtual Desktop usage has grown more than three times in recent months, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has prioritized work on both Microsoft Teams and Windows Virtual Desktops recently. Microsoft is even working on improving Windows app development for running apps in the cloud.

Read full article From the Verge July 2020

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The multi-year agreement builds upon and expands one of the industry’s longest strategic partnerships. Under the terms of the deal, Microsoft will select Citrix® Workspace as a preferred digital workspace solution, and Citrix will select Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud platform, moving existing on-premises Citrix customers to Microsoft Azure to enable people to work anywhere across devices.

Citrix and Microsoft will provide joint tools and services to simplify and speed the transition of on-premises Citrix customers to Microsoft Azure. The companies will also devise a connected roadmap to enable a consistent and optimal flexible work experience that will include joint offerings comprised of Citrix Workspace, Citrix SD-WAN, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 sold through their direct sales forces via the Azure Marketplace and a robust community of channel partners. Microsoft will lead sales with Citrix Cloud to move existing on-premises Citrix customers to Azure.

Both Citrix and Microsoft will maintain their long-standing policies of supporting choice for those customers who request alternatives to meet their business requirements.

 

Since 1999, Thinclient.org has been reporting the thin client computing market as well as the ChromeBook, Zero Client, Android clients, Pi Raspberry Clients and Thick Client market. Generally the cloud computing market since it started with companies such as Citrix back in the late 80s.

A thin client is a lightweight[vague] computer that has been optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. This contrasts with a fat client or a conventional personal computer; the former is also intended for working in a client–server model but has significant local processing power, while the latter aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thin client hardware generally supports a keyboard, mouse, monitor, jacks for sound peripherals, and open ports for USB devices (e.g., printer, flash drive, webcam). Some thin clients include legacy serial or parallel ports to support older devices such as receipt printers, scales or time clocks. Thin client software typically consists of a graphical user interface (GUI), cloud access agents (e.g., RDP, ICA, PCoIP), a local web browser, terminal emulators (in some cases), and a basic set of local utilities.

New hardware interfaces includes socket-based enabled devices eliminating the need for a physical USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is also a big factor for devices.

Thin Client RFPs and Contracts July 9

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July Thin Client RFPs and Contracts we’ve seen and looked at:

Here is overall status today for pre RFP. 57 opps for 27M

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From one service –

thin client RFPs

Here is is another. This is Forecast Pre-RFP. There are 57 opps worth 27M

Thin RFPS

Here is a look at Active Contracts:

  • 458 found
  • total spending 1B
  • Average spending 7M

If we filter than down to those contracts expiring in the next 12 months:

  • 87 contracts
  • 104M
  • Average 13M
  • MTA in NY is big one for Wyse

Since 1999, Thinclient.org has been reporting the thin client computing market as well as the ChromeBook, Zero Client, Android clients, Pi Raspberry Clients and Thick Client market. Generally the cloud computing market since it started with companies such as Citrix back in the late 80s.

A thin client is a lightweight[vague] computer that has been optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. This contrasts with a fat client or a conventional personal computer; the former is also intended for working in a client–server model but has significant local processing power, while the latter aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thin client hardware generally supports a keyboard, mouse, monitor, jacks for sound peripherals, and open ports for USB devices (e.g., printer, flash drive, webcam). Some thin clients include legacy serial or parallel ports to support older devices such as receipt printers, scales or time clocks. Thin client software typically consists of a graphical user interface (GUI), cloud access agents (e.g., RDP, ICA, PCoIP), a local web browser, terminal emulators (in some cases), and a basic set of local utilities.

New hardware interfaces includes socket-based enabled devices eliminating the need for a physical USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is also a big factor for devices.

Thinclient Product Update – Wyse ThinOS 9.0 & Wyse Management Suite 2.0

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dell wyse thinos Wyse ThinOS 9.0 is the most secure thin client operating system with Citrix Workspace app and with enhanced management capabilities from WMS 2.0

One tool does it all. Wyse Management Suite is a flexible cloud management solution that allows to centrally configure, monitor, manage and optimize Wyse thin clients, zero clients and software thin clients (with Wyse Converter for PCs), anytime, anywhere. Wyse Management Suite is ideal for businesses small, large and in-between. With multiple version offerings our solution meets all levels of deployment.

From zero to productivity instantly with Wyse Management Suite Pro on Public Cloud2

. Manage from anywhere and view critical alerts, notifications on the dashboard and send real time commands with one tap with the mobile app for real-time endpoint modern management of all Wyse endpoints and software. In addition, the management console is localized in 7 different languages making it convenient for our international teams to deploy it in
their regional languages Manage all your Wyse cloud clients from the cloud and/or the datacenter with this hybrid cloud management solution with floating license allocation for greater control and agility. The cloud-first, multitenant model supports your growing business requirements. Automated processes and intelligent insights with powerful dynamic device-grouping and rules-based automation deliver a flexible and proactive management approach.

Future proof your business with support for high availability. Work confidently with Active Directory authentication for role-based administration, advanced security through two-factor authentication, HTTPS-based imaging and compliance policy alerts.

Wyse Management Suite Pro comes with Dell ProSupport5 for Software – a 24×7 comprehensive support for software delivered by highly qualified Dell EMC experts as a single point of contact.

 

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