Thin Client & PC Battle for Desktop, Housing Association

Battle for the Desktop revealed in latest Housing Association Research

 Thin and zero client technology stronger than ever but battling to win new converts

Reading, UK. November 25th, 2014. The battle between PCs and IGEL Thin Clientthin clients on the desktops of UK Housing Associations is hotting up, according to the latest research published today. Thin and zero clients are becoming ever more popular in associations where they are already in use but still battling to break into new organisations, where PCs are dominant.

57% of UK Housing Associations are using thin or zero clients (Statistically the same as 2013) according to the research conducted by Market Dynamics and commissioned by IGEL Technology on a sample of 51 organisations. However, 41% of IT managers in Housing Associations currently using thin or zero clients believed that they were likely to increase their thin client usage in the next 24 months and 30% said that they were likely to be converting some PCs to thin clients.

 Primary benefits reported

Strength of feeling and clarity on the benefits of a thin and zero client technology was very apparent with 86% of IT Managers believing ease of use and management was the primary benefit of a thin client infrastructure, followed by energy efficiency (82%) and flexibility (78%). Respondents also cited better cost structure (73%), longer life span (71%) and more secure company data (69%) as major benefits.

 “It is clear that where thin and zero clients are in use within UK Housing Associations, the benefits are very quickly obvious to the organisation and their popularity continues to grow,” said Simon Richards, UK & Ireland Managing Director for IGEL Technology. “However, where PCs are still dominant in organisations there remains a hesitancy to adopt and some misconceptions about the technology. This research shows that there is still much to do to inform Housing Associations of the great role thin client technology can play; particularly in organisations with distributed offices and significant customer facing and administrative operations.”

 Housing Association desktop and infrastructure landscape

Larger Housing Associations, with more than 100 desktop users, continue to use thin and zero clients much more extensively than smaller Housing Associations. With 73% (Statistically the same as 2013) of staff at larger Housing Associations using thin clients compared to 45% at the smaller Housing Associations with less than 100 users. However, the numbers (45%, up from 25% in 2013) reveal the gap is closing as the smaller associations begin to realise the benefits of the IT infrastructure.

 Citrix remains the primary server-based computing or virtual desktop software provider with its XenApp and XenDesktop solutions in use in 80% of the associations surveyed, Microsoft Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Service or VDI Suite was in 76% and VMware View in 41%

 Of those that use thin or zero clients, the dominant providers are Dell Wyse with devices in 69% of associations, followed by HP in 28% and IGEL Technology in 24% of organisations with thin or zero clients. It appears that Housing Associations are settling on the top three vendors in the market, with market share increases for all three main vendors over the past year.

 Multimedia on the rise

Multimedia use among desktops users is rising much faster than IT managers predicted. On average, 28% of desktop users require multimedia (up from 15% in 2013) and already higher than the 24% that IT managers last year predicted would be using the technology in 2015. And that growth looks set to continue with IT Managers now predicting 47% of users will be using multimedia technology in 24 months time.

 Perceived barriers to thin

The top three concerns about thin or zero client technology perceived by respondents were a technology outage resulting in all staff being unable to work (75%), compatibility with some software and applications (49%), implementation costs (37%) and the difficulty of providing solutions for mobile workers (37%).

 “These concerns are clearly very real for IT Managers that have yet to adopt the technology but I see this very much as an education requirement,” commented Simon. “Server-based computing is some of the most reliable and manageable technology available and concerns about compatibility and mobility were genuine concerns historically but no more. For example, laptops can today easily be converted to IGEL-like thin client devices for mobile workers and deliver all the reliability and management benefits of thin client devices, without restricting a user’s mobility.”

 Executive Summaries of the research findings will be released at the IT in Housing Conference and Exhibition at Manchester on November 27th and 28th November. For a copy of the research Executive Summary visit: www.igel.com/ES_Housing_2014

 About IGEL Technology

A world leader in thin and zero client solutions, IGEL Technology helps organizations improve the agility, efficiency, and security of their virtual desktop and application delivery systems. IGEL produces one of the industry’s widest range of hardware thin and zero clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, and leads the market in software based thin clients allowing customers to access a broad spectrum of server-based infrastructures and applications. IGEL also offers powerful and intuitive management software for easy deployment and administration of thin clients throughout any size organization. Partnerships with industry leaders like Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, and Microsoft ensure that IGEL provides the most up-to-date technology and trustworthy security to clients in industries that include Healthcare, Education & Research, Public Sector, Financial, Insurance, Retail, Logistics, and Manufacturing. IGEL has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and is represented by partners in over 50 countries worldwide. To learn more, visitwww.igel.co.uk or follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/IGEL_Technology

 Editorial Contacts:

IGEL Technology GmbH
Dr. Frank Lampe
Hanna-Kunath-Str. 31
28199 Bremen
Tel.: 0421 / 52094 1300
Fax: 0421 / 52094 1399
E-Mail: [email protected]
Web: www.igel.com

 Amber Group

Paul Smith
Tel: +44 (0)7770 828525
Email: [email protected]


 

Sponsor Thanks to PROVISIO Software

Praim introduces channel partners to latest ThinOX operating system

Praim Ino SoC is the only ARM–based System-on-Chip Thin Client with native dual VDI support on the market. With this product, it is possible to create a dual monitor 1920×1200 full HD workstation offering extremely efficient and reliable performances.

Source: www.channelemea.com

Trento, Italy: Praim, a global manufacturer of Thin & Zero client solutions, announces the new version of the ThinOX operating system for its Citrix HDX Ready I9010 and I9050 Ino SoC models.

IGEL Technology is extending its support for the Crisis at Christmas initiative to help London’s homeless over the festive period.

Reading, UK. November 19th, 2014: IGEL Technology is extending its support for the Crisis at Christmas initiative to help London’s homeless over the festive period. This year 300 IGEL thin clients will be deployed at 10 schools and colleges used as IGEL Thin ClientCrisis Christmas Centres over the holiday. During the operation 8,000 Crisis charity volunteers across the country will make the greatest possible difference for more than 3,000 homeless guests. This will be IGEL’s fifth year of consecutive support for the initiative.

For the first time this year, IGEL thin clients will be used at each London location as Video Call Kiosks to allow homeless guests to get in touch with friends and family and to consult with Crisis specialists at other locations to help improve their situation. The remaining IGEL devices are used to provide access to email, word processing and collaboration tools to enable Crisis charity volunteers to communicate and identify shelter for homeless people over the Christmas period, as well as for homeless visitors to access the internet for information and communication.

The thin clients are part of a total IT solution being provided to Crisis at Christmas by the Aimar Foundation, a charity founded to provide IT support to other charities. The Aimar Foundation is funding and setting up the information systems network, with help from global IT companies, hosted desktop provider Vesk and the support of volunteers, principally from Morgan Stanley. In total 200 technology professionals and volunteers will set-up the vital communications network in a 48 hour period.

“We are providing thin clients and IT expertise, through the Aimar Foundation, to enable Crisis to provide vital support and contact for those who are homeless at this very difficult time of the year for them,” said Simon Richards, IGEL’s UK Managing Director.

“The IGEL thin clients are ideal for Crisis at Christmas because they are simple and fast to set-up using centralised management software, secure because all data is held on central servers and reliable.”

For further information about Crisis at Christmas visit: http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/christmas.html

For further information about the Aimar Foundation visit: www.theaimarfoundation.org

About IGEL Technology

A world leader in thin and zero client solutions, IGEL Technology helps organizations improve the agility, efficiency, and security of their virtual desktop and application delivery systems. IGEL produces one of the industry’s widest range of hardware thin and zero clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, and leads the market in software based thin clients allowing customers to access a broad spectrum of server-based infrastructures and applications. IGEL also offers powerful and intuitive management software for easy deployment and administration of thin clients throughout any size organization. Partnerships with industry leaders like Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, and Microsoft ensure that IGEL provides the most up-to-date technology and trustworthy security to clients in industries that include Healthcare, Education & Research, Public Sector, Financial, Insurance, Retail, Logistics, and Manufacturing. IGEL has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and is represented by partners in over 50 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.igel.co.uk or follow us on Twitter:twitter.com/IGEL_Technology

 

Editorial Contacts:

IGEL Technology GmbH

Dr. Frank Lampe

Hanna-Kunath-Str. 31

28199 Bremen

Tel.: 0421 / 52094 1300

Fax: 0421 / 52094 1399

E-Mail: [email protected]

Web: www.igel.com

 

Amber Group

Paul Smith

Tel: +44 (0)7770 828525

Email: [email protected]

 

UK sales of IGEL thin clients up 78% year-on-year in first three quarters of 2014

IGEL Technology today announced year-on-year growth of 78% in its sales of thin clients for the first three-quarters of the calendar year, with strong demand coming from the healthcare sector.

Reading, UK. November 3, 2014: IGEL Technology today announced year-on-year growth of 78% in its sales of thin clients for the first three-quarters of the calendar year, with strong demand coming from the healthcare sector.IGEL Thin Client

“Many organisations are increasingly recognising the benefits of thin clients on the desktop, none more so than the healthcare sector,” said IGEL UK & Ireland Managing Director Simon Richards. “Our IGEL thin and zero clients work so well in a healthcare environment because they are easy to centrally manage, long-lasting, secure and incredibly cost effective.”

Cwm Taf University Health Board in Wales says it has radically cut its management time and energy costs with the deployment of 2,500 IGEL thin clients across its hospitals, clinics, GP surgeries and administration offices.

The health board has IGEL UD3 and UD5 Linux devices running a Windows 2008 desktop connected by Citrix XenApp 6 (soon to be upgraded to Citrix XenApp 6.5). There are 120 virtualised Citrix servers, using Citrix XenServer as the hypervisor.

As well as the desktops, the hospital is also using wireless connected IGEL thin clients on its medical carts on the wards. They connect to the network using a dongle via the USB port and are used by medical staff for viewing results and checking records.

“Initially there was some scepticism from staff about switching to the thin client devices but they quickly came around because of the small size, the fact that they boot very quickly and don’t need constant virus upgrades and anti-malware updates,” said John Probert, senior server manager at Cwm Taf University Health Board.

“Another benefit is that we do not suffer from thefts, as the devices are useless when taken off the network. We also do not have any patient data issues, as information cannot be stored locally on the device.”

Today, the health board has 2,500 IGEL thin clients in use out of a total of 4,500 desktops and is slowly moving across to the thin clients as old PCs are replaced.

About IGEL Technology

A world leader in thin and zero client solutions, IGEL Technology helps organizations improve the agility, efficiency, and security of their virtual desktop and application delivery systems. IGEL produces one of the industry’s widest range of hardware thin and zero clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, and leads the market in software based thin clients allowing customers to access a broad spectrum of server-based infrastructures and applications. IGEL also offers powerful and intuitive management software for easy deployment and administration of thin clients throughout any size organization. Partnerships with industry leaders like Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, and Microsoft ensure that IGEL provides the most up-to-date technology and trustworthy security to clients in industries that include Healthcare, Education & Research, Public Sector, Financial, Insurance, Retail, Logistics, and Manufacturing. IGEL has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and is represented by partners in over 50 countries worldwide. To learn more, visitwww.igel.co.uk or follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/IGEL_Technology

Editorial Contacts:

IGEL Technology GmbH

Dr. Frank Lampe

Hanna-Kunath-Str. 31

28199 Bremen

Tel.: 0421 / 52094 1300

Fax: 0421 / 52094 1399

E-Mail: [email protected]

Web: www.igel.com

 

Amber Group

Paul Smith

Tel: +44 (0)7770 828525

Email: [email protected]

Teradici Announces General Availability of PCoIP Zero Clients for Amazon WorkSpaces from Leading Manufacturers

PCoIP Zero Clients Teradici AWS

Company Showcases PCoIP Zero Clients Running Amazon WorkSpaces at re:Invent 2014 

BURNABY, British Columbia – November 10, 2014 Teradici®, the technology leader for creating virtual workspaces, today announced general availability of teradici-pcoip-zero-clientPCoIP® Zero Clients forAmazon WorkSpaces. Almost 50 zero clients from 27 of the world’s leading manufacturers are now available in a variety of form factors, offering additional device flexibility to Amazon Web Services (AWS) enterprise customers.

“Workspace-as-a-Service addresses the key IT pain points of application availability, device management and data security, while enabling enterprises to be more agile with their BYOD and enterprise mobility strategies,” said Scott Ottaway, vice president, 451 Research.  “451 Research has seen this market grow to over $2 billion driven by broad adoption across all customer segments and verticals, supported by a full spectrum of enterprise devices – such as PCoIP Zero Clients, which address strict security, manageability and compliance requirements.”

Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed cloud-based desktop computing service that leverages the PCoIP protocol to compress, encrypt and encode the users’ desktop computing experience and then transmit it ‘pixels only’ to the endpoint device. PCoIP technology is a key ingredient of industry-leading cloud computing solutions, as it easily scales to meet customer requirements, providing best-in-class security and a superior user experience over a range of networks.

“Zero client devices provide Amazon WorkSpaces customers with a secure, easy-to-manage, affordable solution for their users to access Amazon WorkSpaces,” said Gene Farrell, general manager, Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon Web Services. “We are excited that our customers can choose from a wide variety of zero client devices from Teradici’s broad ecosystem of PCoIP Zero Client providers.”

“We’re delighted to join AWS and our partners to extend the benefits of PCoIP Zero Clients to Amazon WorkSpaces enterprise customers,” added Dan Cordingley, president and CEO, Teradici. “We’ve completed PCoIP Zero Client beta programs with companies of all sizes, representing a wide variety of use cases running Amazon WorkSpaces. Feedback has been resoundingly positive, particularly with regard to cloud desktop performance, characterized as virtually ‘indistinguishable’ from a traditional desktop. At AWS re:Invent, we’re eager to demonstrate the phenomenal results we’ve achieved with Amazon WorkSpaces to date and enthusiastic about what the future holds.”

Attendees can see Amazon WorkSpaces running on PCoIP Zero Clients at AWS re:Invent this week in Teradici booth #432 or at AWS Test Drives.

With Amazon WorkSpaces support for PCoIP Zero Clients, customers can access cloud-based desktops from secure, high performance and easy to manage enterprise end points. PCoIP ZeroClients are typically deployed at a user’s office or cubicle, and complement software clients for Amazon WorkSpaces, meeting the demand for another connectivity option to the existing Windows, Mac, iOS and Android clients and in keeping with today’s corporate BYOD strategies.

To learn more about PCoIP Zero Clients, go to: http://www.teradici.com/zeroclients. To research, select, and purchase zero client models from leading manufacturers, go to the Teradici Product Finder.

Supporting Quotes from Teradici PCoIP Zero Client OEM Partners

“We are pleased to support Teradici and Amazon WorkSpaces with Dell’s industry leading Wyse 5000 and 7000 PCoIP zero clients. With our leadership in cloud client manageability, security, performance and value, Dell enables organizations of all sizes to leverage the benefits of virtualization, and we’re excited about extending those benefits to more customers with our PCoIP zero clients.”         

           Steve Lalla, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Cloud Client Computing                    

“Customers are looking for new end-user computing solutions that are simple, secure and easy to manage. HP’s secure, high-performance t310 zero clients deliver a seamless, high-fidelity desktop experience and are tailor-made for virtual desktop and Amazon WorkSpaces DaaS environments.”

Jeff Groudan, Director, Worldwide Thin Client Product Management, HP

 

“Built for the cloud, LG Zero Clients are the perfect end point for Amazon WorkSpaces desktop-as-a-service.  Affordable and energy efficient, our V series PCoIP Zero Client desktops and all-in-one monitors offer a no-hassle, ultra-secure multi-computing solution that’s easy to install and support for any business. Building on a track record of success in virtual computing, LG is excited to help fulfill the promise of the cloud by providing a rich user experience to office workers and power users alike.”

Hyoung-sei Park, Head of the IT Business Division, LG Electronics

 

“In an increasingly mobile world, Samsung is committed to helping enterprises adapt and enhance collaboration and workforce productivity. Services like Amazon WorkSpaces support this by simplifying the management of enterprise personal computing. Samsung’s zero client product portfolio is built for performance, adaptability and efficiency, offering the broadest spectrum of PCoIP endpoints to securely access the cloud and critical industry-specific applications through Amazon WorkSpaces.”

Tod Pike, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business Division, Samsung Electronics America

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 About Teradici

Teradici is the technology leader for creating virtual workspaces. The company’s PCoIP technology powers the spectrum of local, remote, mobile and collaborative work styles, fundamentally simplifying how computing is provisioned, managed, and used throughout virtual and cloud environments. The world’s largest cloud computing companies rely on PCoIP technology to fulfill the promise of the cloud – an outstanding user experience, securely delivered to any device, anywhere. Teradici customers include Fortune 500 enterprises and institutions around the world, local and federal government agencies, and cloud and service providers.  Teradici was founded in 2004, and is headquartered in British Columbia.  For more information, visit www.teradici.com.

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Android Kiosk Self-Service

Here are resources for Android kiosk software for mobile, tablets and more. Google Play Sitekiosk Android lockdown free MyID Browser —  authentication Drivers License Scanners  ID Scanners IDScan …

Source: kioskindustry.org

Gartner Top 10 Cloud Myths for Thin Client

Nice breakout by Gartner of the major myths when it comes to Cloud Computing to keep in mind.

Article and presentation link

Myth 1: Cloud Is Always About Money

IaaS prices fall, but SaaS applications typically don’t follow the same cost-cutting trends. For example, you know Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure will deliver price cuts every few months — similar to the classic Moore’s Law in the chip market. But SaaS applications like Salesforce.com, WorkDay and others don’t deliver such price cuts.

 

Myth 2: You Have to Be Cloud to Be Good

As IT organizations deploy next-generation applications, sometimes it just makes more sense to keep things on-premises — especially if your on-premises project involves existing hardware and infrastructure that requires no upgrading for new application deployments.

 

Myth 3: Cloud Should Be Used for Everything

Cloud is a tool for on-demand computing. But sometimes, that tool isn’t right for every job. For instance, hosted desktops aren’t always as responsive as local software running on PCs.

 

Myth 4: “The CEO Said So” Is a Cloud Strategy

Instead of simply doing “what the CEO wants,” cloud strategies must be tied to business goals. While your business may have a “cloud-first” mandate, don’t confuse that with an “everything cloud” mandate.
Myth 5: We Need One Cloud Strategy or Vendor

Instead of standardizing on one cloud application platform, sometimes best-of-breed, multi-vendor approaches make the most sense. That’s especially true as customers juggle DevOps projects with everyday applications like ERP, CRM, and email moving to the cloud.
Myth 6: Cloud Is Less Secure Than On-Premises Capabilities

Cloud computing is perceived as less secure. But most breaches involve on-premises data center environments. Generally speaking, major cloud providers have security budgets and information protection staffs that midsize and small companies can’t afford to employ.
Myth 7: Cloud Is Not for Mission-Critical Use

Many born-in-the-cloud businesses are pure cloud — which means their mission-critical apps are not running on-premises. And increasingly, companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon are running their own enterprises on cloud-oriented configurations
Myth 8: Cloud = Data Center

In general, data center outsourcing, data center modernization and data center strategies are not synonymous with the cloud. Just because you outsource to a third-party data center, that doesn’t mean your compute resources will scale up or down on demand. In fact, you may own the services in an off-site data center, rather than “renting” compute power from the data center provider.
Myth 9: Clouds Are Complete Platforms

Don’t assume that “migrating to the cloud” means that the characteristics of the cloud are automatically inherited from lower levels (like IaaS). For instance, if you run an email application in the cloud (SaaS), it may not share the same architecture and underlying services provided by the same company’s IaaS offering.
Myth 10: Virtualization = Private Cloud

Virtualization is a commonly used enabling technology for cloud computing. However, it is not the only way to implement cloud computing. Even with virtualization in place, businesses may need user self-procurement, business unit chargeback and other capabilities that are far more common in the public cloud.

Shuttle Computer Group’s Thin Clients Achieve VMware Ready(TM) Status

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA–(Marketwired – Oct 28, 2014) – Shuttle Computer Group, Inc., one of the world’s leading designers of small form computers, today announced that its DS437VMWWD and DS81VMWWND VMware thin client computers have achieved VMware Ready™ status. This designation indicates that after a detailed validation process DS437VMWWD 1.01…

Source: www.marketwired.com

Each Shuttle device is powered by Intel processing: the DS437VMWWD uses a Celeron CPU; the DS81VMWWND uses a Pentium Dual-Core CPU for fast computing. Fanless operation with an exclusive heat pipe cooling module allows for constant air circulation and results in high stability and low noise for long-term operation. A wide range of inputs, including dual LAN connectors, two serial ports for legacy operations, and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, provides installation flexibility.

Zotac ZBOX pico pocket-sized desktop PC review – Liliputing

Zotac has been offering a line of tiny desktop computers for a few years, but the company’s new ZBOX PI320 pico is the smallest yet. It’s also one of the first to come not only with memory and storage, but also with an operating system pre-installed. It’s a fully functional PC that sells for about …

Source: liliputing.com

How did we get to this point? In order to fend off competition from upstart chip designer ARM, Intel is selling its low-power Atom processors at dirt cheap prices. Meanwhile Microsoft is literally giving away Windows licenses for free to makers of small, low-cost tablets, notebooks and other computers in an effort to compete with Google Android and other mobile operating systems.

DailyTech – Hackers “Hit the Easy Button”, Breach Staples’ Credit Card System

Breach is reported limited to roughly dozen stores in the Northeast, may only affects a couple thousand customers

Source: www.dailytech.com

A small but growing number of retailers have safeguarded customers by ditching Windows XPe and moving to enterprise Linux distributions.  Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), the Home Depot’s chief rival, reportedly uses OpenSUSE for its PoS systems.  Papa John’s Int’l, Inc. (PZZA), America’s fourth largest takeout and pizza delivery chain, reportedly runs on Fedora Linux from Red Hat, Inc. (RHT).


Staples was using AS/400 with XPe clients (like Home Depot and like Target)

Nuance Embeds Speech Solution into eClinicalWorks Mobile EHR – CTS Medical Kiosk & Retail Kiosk

Nuance today announced it has partnered with eClinicalWorks to embed Nuance cloud-based medical speech recognition technology into eClinicalTouch for the iPad and eClinicalMobile for iOS and Android, enabling clinicians working in outpatient… Source: hitconsultant.net Healthcare mobility trends are on the rise, and Nuance has seen an increased adoption of cloud-based medical speech solutions. With several thousand clinicians …

Source: www.kioskcts.com

Speech recognition integrated into Cloud-Based EHR system. Now you (or your Doctor) make their notes by speaking.  Dragon engine. This is the first one to do it (many/all will follow)

Microsoft (hearts) Linux, for Azure’s sake

Microsoft adds CoreOS and Cloudera to its growing set of Azure services

Source: www.pcworld.com

Microsoft loves linux. Let’s say that one more time just to hear it….  No longer is Linux the cancer, that title is now assigned to Amazon and Google by Redmond. Better late than never.

Karma | Take WiFi with you everywhere.

Karma Go lets you take WiFi everywhere. Pay-as-you-go for data that never expires. No contracts or monthly fees. With nationwide coverage on LTE, stay connected to the internet with all of your devices, seamlessly.

Source: yourkarma.com

This is pretty cool. A teeny tiny puck about the length and width of a Post-It Note and thinner than an iPhone that gets you on the Internet anywhere. No monthly fee, no contract. Only pay for the data you use. $14 for 1GB, less if you buy more. Way cheaper than hotel rates. And when you share your connection with others, they and you both get free bandwidth. Coverage almost everywhere in the US. 

The Egg is a Tizen Based Portable Touchscreen Cloud Server (Crowdfunding)

Carry around your cloud storage

Source: www.cnx-software.com

If you like the convenience of cloud storage, but are wary of privacy implications, and/or are not satisfied by the file download/upload transfer rate, a new device called The Egg might be what you are looking for. It’s a tiny Wi-Fi enabled cloud storage server, powered by an Intel Atom processor and running Tizen, with up to 256 GB storage that you can carry in your pocket, with your data being fully private and always accessible, and there’s also a touchscreen display to let you watch


The project has now been launched on Kickstarter, with the company looking to raise over $500,000. Perks start at $199 for the 64GB Egg including your own domain name, and up to $399 for the 256GB version. Shipping is free to the US, but an hard-to-swallow $65 fee is asked to ship the package to the rest of the world, and delivery is scheduled for July 2015. Beside the Kickstarter campaign, more details may be available on eggcyte.com.

Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Tech Trends for 2015

Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one with the potential for significant impact on the organization in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT, the need for a major investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

The top trends for 2015 cover three themes: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.

1. Computing everywhere (phones/wearables)

2. manage, monetize, operate and extend

3. 3D printing

4. Analytics

5. Context-rich systems

6. Smart machines

7. Cloud client self-service computing

8. Software defines — agile & dynamic

9. Web-scale IT (ie be like Amazon)

10. Security (apps become aware)

All in the a lot of the usual suspects + some new catch phrases.  Of the 10 you would think #7 would have the most dependable driver — Mobile computing.

The client as a service: IGEL well equipped for ClaaS – Media Releases – CSO | The Resource for Data Security Executives

Following Software and Desktop as a Service (SaaS / DaaS), another aaS trend is now on the IT horizon. With its highly remote administrable thin and zero clients, IGEL is in pole position as a technological partner for Client as a Service. For enterprises, ClaaS turns the traditional office computer from a hardware investment into a highly scalable service

Source: www.cso.com.au

Many IT service providers are already offering their customers IGEL thin, zero and software thin clients as part of complete packages for a fixed monthly price – including hardware leasing and complete remote management. Advanced IGEL Partners (AIPs) and other resellers also take advantage of IGEL’s standardised remote management. The IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS), which comes supplied with all IGEL solutions, allows all thin and zero clients to be pre-configured and rolled out quickly, remote administered seamlessly via the network, updated and managed centrally. This enables service providers to put together packages tailored to their customers’ needs and to offer them on attractive terms.

Devon IT and Lenovo Show ThinkCentre Thin Client Lineup with VMware Certified Software at VMworld 2014 Europe – Press Release – Digital Journal

This week at VMworld 2014 Europe Devon IT is showing the expanded Lenovo thin client portfolio – including the ThinkCentre M32 and M73 thin clients

Source: www.digitaljournal.com

Lenovo’s ThinkCentre thin clients offer customers a choice of a flexible Linux-based thin client operating system, LeTOS or Windows Embedded Standard 7.  The thin client also features Lenovo Terminal Manager (LTM) software that is effective, secure and easy to use management software.  Lenovo collaborated in partnership with Devon IT, a worldwide leader of thin client solutions to develop these advance thin client software solutions.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141015/152235

ANSWERS TO HEALTHCARE LEADERS’ CLOUD QUESTIONS

The purposes of this paper are twofold: 1) to explain the main reasons why most healthcare organizations are not yet migrating their clinical data to the cloud; and 2) to describe how cloud vendors are addressing providers’ concerns. In addition, the paper discusses the key benefits of partnering with a cloud services provider, and explores different types of cloud structures that may suit different providers for all or part of their data storage and software maintenance needs.

Contributing Executives:

  • Jeff Pearson, MBA, CHCIO, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals & Clinics
  • Chris Logan, CISO, Care New England 
  • David Reis, PhD, CGEIT, CISSP, CRISC, ScrumMaster, CISO, VP of IT Governance, PMO and Security, Lahey Health
  • Luis Taveras, PhD, SVP, CIO, Barnabas Health
  • Drew Koerner, Chief Healthcare Solutions Architect, VMware

Click Here to Download the Report

Any questions or comments please contact the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) directly at (561) 748-6281 or[email protected]

Here is the report here on Thinclient

iHT2-Cloud-Report

Lenovo unveils enterprise service expansion though modular thin clients | ZDNet

The ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One modular display will be available during October with a starting price of approximately $279, the ThinkCentre M73 Tiny thin client will be available in November, starting at roughly $299, and the ThinkCentre M53 Tiny thin client will be available for purchase in December, starting at approximately $249.

Source: www.zdnet.com

In addition, Lenovo has teamed up with client solutions provider Devon IT to equip the thin clients with Lenovo Terminal Manager (LTM) software, in order to help IT staff create, deploy and manage virtual desktop infrastructure.

Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing | WIRED

The next big thing in cloud computing doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But Microsoft wants to change that. As part of its ongoing effort to embrace the latest tech trends, Microsoft says it’s building a version of Windows that will offer something akin to Docker—a technology originally created for the Linux operating system…

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Microsoft has fallen behind the competition in many ways—most large web services run atop Linux and most cloud services are geared toward Linux—but the company is intent on making up lost ground. It already provides a way of running Linux—and Linux Docker containers—atop its own cloud service, Microsoft Azure, and now, it’s taking another step by adding containers to Windows. This isn’t the sort of thing Microsoft would have done in the past. Traditionally, it was loath to play nicely with the Linux world. But now, the company realizes it must.

With Chromebook for Work update, Google ups the ante on the enterprise

Google recently announced major updates through its Chromebooks for Work program. Will it be enough to entice more enterprises?

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With the latest updates, Google has focused on fulfilling requests from business customers. For example, a single sign-on capability has been added so that users can sign into their Chromebook with the same corporate login they use for the rest of their business tools. According to Sheth, this was one of the most requested features. The blog post noted that the feature utilizes the security assertion markup language (SAML) format and is compatible with identity tools such as Okta, Ping Identity, SecureAuth, SiteMinder, and Microsoft AD FS, among others.

Kodak Alaris announces new solutions to make web-based and thin client scanning quick and easy

Research shows 87% of business applications are web-based yet only 2% of firms use web technology for document scanning

October 8, 2014 — Research shows 87% of business applications are web-based yet only 2% of firms use web technology for document scanning [1]. To address this, Kodak Alaris announced today a third model in its ScanMate series – the KODAK ScanMate i1180 Scanner. The new scanner allows easy connection to thin client systems or web-based applications in companies running Intranet environments.

 

New KODAK Info Input Solution software is available too. It works in sync with the KODAK ScanMate i1180 and other scanners and is a secure web-based thin client document capture solution. It automatically captures, classifies and extracts information from paperwork and eliminates any need for expensive thick client infrastructure.

 

Hauke Fast, Kodak Alaris’ EAMER product marketing manager, says, “Web-based or a thin-client architectures allow organisations to speed up adoption of new business applications whilst minimising support costs. The ScanMate i1180 does all its image processing locally within the scanner. This minimises the need to purchase and support high-end PCs and reduces the impact on network performance due to traffic congestion.”

 

The KODAK ScanMate i1180 is a comprehensive scanning package

Like the recently announced i1150, the ScanMate i1180 comes with integrated barcode recognition – supporting nine barcode types – and has a customisable colour LCD interface to help users quickly identify where to send captured images. Intelligent Document Protection safeguards against jams, and the ScanMate i1180 offers TWAIN and ISIS driver compatibility to make it simple to integrate with other applications. The ScanMate i1180 includes one button Smart Touch functionality so users can start business processes and scan to predefined locations.

 

Able to process 40 pages per minute with a recommended volume of up to 5,000 pages per day, the ScanMate i1180 comes with a full license for the EMC Captiva Cloud Toolkit to make it straightforward for developers to write their own thin client or web capture applications. This is the first time a scanner in this class has had such software included for free eliminating the need to buy middleware.

 

A low specification PC is all that is necessary for full speed scanning (such as an Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GHz, 2 GB RAM machine), making the new ScanMate ideal for use in network environments like Citrix, server-client, remote desktop and so on.

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