As you know, in November, HP announced ZCentral, a solution powering the next-gen of computing with the world’s first single-sourced remote workstation solution. Starting today, customers can access the new generation of ZCentral Remote Boost here, and the proprietary ZCentral Connect software here. In tandem, HP is extending the ZCentral Remote Boost software free trial to 3 months for anyone who may need it, on any workstation (it’s always included with Z by HP devices).
By centralizing high-compute performance, companies are able to free power users to tackle complex, graphics-intensive projects, with ISV certifications, from anywhere.
ZCentral also adds an extra layer of security for IT departments with remote workers. By keeping the workstation secure and centralized next to the data storage, with ZCentral Connect and ZCentral Remote Boost, only encrypted pixels are sent over the network, so company data remains highly secure at the source.
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Disinfectant Wipes for Touch Screen
By now we have all seen and read countless articles on how best to protect ourselves and others from bacterial infection. Before we begin we want to list some recommended resources right off the bat that can help educate your point of view on antibacterial, antimicrobial and of course, the coronavirus. See our full portal page on AntiBacterial for more information.
Another option — wipe down with bleach wipes and after several passes of that wipe down with Easy Screen.
Bleach – figure 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water for mix ratio
Avoid highly concentrated solutions of alcohol based.
If you want to “double-clean” then consider getting handheld UVC product like the Blade below for localized and safe UVC cleaning (after surfaces have been wiped down). Oily fingers are one of the complicating factors to consider.
PDI has been monitoring the COVID-19 epidemic (SARS-CoV-2 virus), previously identified as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), to provide you the most current information to help manage this outbreak. The CDC has recently issued additional recommendations for surface disinfection, including recommendations for the use of an EPA-approved disinfectant with emerging viral pathogens claims. This letter supersedes previous letter issued on January 30, 2020.
Super Sani-Cloth ® Wipes, Sani-Cloth ® AF3 Wipes, and Sani-Cloth ® Bleach Wipes meet the criteria for the EPA emerging viral pathogens claim. PDI has submitted the addition of the required language for this claim on these master labels to the EPA and is awaiting expedited approval. Recently launched products, including Sani-Cloth ® Prime Wipes, Sani-Prime ® Spray, Sani-24 ® Spray, and Sani-HyPerCideTM Spray already have the EPA emerging viral pathogens claim on their master labels.
Super Sani-Cloth is what we would recommend. It is the most equipment friendly wipe that is on the list.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus still has not been made readily available by the CDC for testing. The CDC states: “If there are no available EPA-registered products that have an approved emerging viral pathogens claim for COVID-19, products with label claims against human coronaviruses should be used according to label instructions.” The following PDI products have label claims against human coronaviruses:
WESTMINSTER, Colo., March 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Kiosk Manufacturer Association aka KMA announces our new ADA and Accessibility Chairpersons. Serving as co-chairpersons for our committee is Randy Amundson of Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. and Mr. Peter Jarvis of Storm Interface. Randy is one of our founding chairpersons and is continuing in his support of KMA and ADA. Peter is a charter sponsor of the Accessibility Committee and now helps lead the way for the KMA.
From Randy Amundson, “Peter Jarvis and I continue to work closely in finalizing the Kiosk Accessibility Code of Practice (CoP). We feel that the CoP will be a useful tool that kiosk manufacturers and their clients can use to ensure that their kiosks are accessible to the widest population of people with some form of disability possible. Peter and I are also working on developing an independent standard that can be used by nationally recognized testing labs in order to certify a kiosk as being ADA compliant”.
Peter Jarvis adds, “First, let me thank the committee’s previous Co-Chair Laura Miller for her work in raising awareness of accessibility issues within the kiosk industry. Laura continues to make an outstanding contribution to the work of the KMA Accessibility Committee but has now stepped into a role dedicated to kiosk accessibility at Vispero. Her commitment, to ensure equality in access to information, services and products, continues to influence the committee’s objectives. As the new Co-Chair (serving the KMA’s European members) I hope to continue the initiatives of the committee and look forward to working with the committee’s US resident Chairperson Randy Amundson.”
We very much thank Laura Boniello Millerwith Vispero our founding co-chairperson for her contributions, support and effort over the last two years.
If your company, organization, association, local, city, state or federal agency would like to participate at some level with the KMA either with ADA or with EMV, please contact [email protected] or call 720-324-1837
Come to the 2020 Exhibit Hall and experience first-hand the cutting-edge assistive technology offered in over 100 booths. For 34 years, thousands have attended the CSUN Conference’s free Exhibit Hall to have the opportunity to directly interact with the providers who develop the technology, products and services designed to promote inclusion for people with disabilities.
The Exhibit Hall is located in the Grand Ballroom and Marquis Ballroom on the lobby level of the hotel. Be one of the first to explore the latest innovative technology when doors open on Wednesday, March 11 at 12:00 pm. We also welcome you to attend the Exhibit Hall Opening Reception at 12:30 pm.
This March 11th-13th, Vispero will be leading multiple presentations on kiosk accessibility at CSUN’s Annual Accessibility Conference being held in Anaheim, CA. Vispero’s Vice President and subject matter expert Matt Ater, will lead a panel of kiosk accessibility experts on “Lessons Learned from Developing Accessible Kiosks”. The panel will include KMA Accessibility Board co-chair Peter Jarvis, Senior Executive VP at Storm Interface, among others. Kiosk accessibility and usability will be discussed in a presentation called “Kiosk Accessibility: Understanding the Kiosk User Experience”, kiosk industry veteran Laura Boniello Miller and usability expert Rachael Bradley Montgomery will discuss the perspective of the kiosk user and how deployers can best accommodate users with disabilities. Vispero’s Ryan Jones will lead a session, “JAWS Kiosk: What Is It and When Would I Use It” to assist in using the JAWS screen reader in accessible kiosk deployments. Along with the presentations you can visit the Vispero booths in the Marquis Ballroom, #503, #603, and #703 to see accessible kiosks in action, including kiosks from Olea, Pyramid and SeePoint. Vispero will also be hosting an accessible Escape Room, and on-site registration will be available using an accessible kiosk powered by JAWS, located in the Vispero Showcase Suite.
Vispero has added support for the new Storm Assistive Technology device, the new Extended Functionality AudioNav. JAWS will continue to support the Storm AudioNav and other assistive technology devices by Storm as they are added.
Editors Note: Short and concise report on QSR Kiosk market. Nothing on drive-thru kiosks. Quite a few players not included (maybe next time). Example would be reference to McDonalds Times Square Flagship project (see CNBC writeup we published back in May 2019). That is Pyramid Computer out of Germany making those. No mention of Evoke or Coates for that matter. Recent news of Glory $225M investment in Acrelec is worth considering. Deployers like Appetize nada. Canada, Europe, Asia and South America are not covered. Still it is a recommended report for those who are looking to get educated on the QSR Kiosk Market.
Summary: Self-Service Kiosks Gaining QSRs’ and Consumers’ Adoption. Mercator Advisory Group research report assesses the 2019 U.S. QSR kiosk market and its future growth prospects.
Market: Self-Service Kiosks Gaining Popularity, provides insight and market analysis on the fast-growing QSR kiosk market in the United States, where ordering via self-service kiosks in quick service restaurants is gaining popularity among consumers and QSRs are adopting the technology in various configurations.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is seeking sources for Application Containment
CONTRACTING OFFICE ADDRESS:
IT CONTRACTING DIVISION
2300 EAST DRIVE
Scott AFB IL 62225-5406 US
For the purposes of this Sources Sought, endpoints are described as follows: t * Thick Client Network clients running on fully-capable systems – Local storage and processing capability; can operate independently if not connected to a network. t * ThinClient Network client running on minimally-capable system – Minimal local storage and processing capability. t * ZeroClient Client with no capability outside of network context. t * Server Respond to client requests; provide enterprise services (typically in data centers). Users are System Administrators. t * Virtual Client Client running virtually on a host platform; no physical resources. The target is an endpoint (excluding devices like phones and tablets) security and management solution that mitigates prevalent adversary attack vectors, tactics, and techniques used to compromise a system. The proposed solution must automatically isolate the execution of high risk applications interacting with untrusted content from more trusted portions of the endpoint (e.g. host operating system); and/or the solution must facilitate incident detection, investigation, response and threat hunting. Any proposed solution must continue to be effective in disconnected, virtual, intermittent, and low bandwidth network conditions without a dependence upon regularly recurring (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly) content updates. The proposed solution must be capable of scaling to millions of endpoints and provide information in near real-time. Any proposed solution must be ready for testing and subsequent deployment. In order for the Government to evaluate the technical merits of the vendors solution(s), the solution(s) shall be capable of meeting the following technical requirements: Application Containment t 1. The solution shall automatically isolate applications interacting with untrusted content (e.g., internet web pages, email, removable media, and office documents) from more trusted portions of the device outside the container. t 2. The solution shall automatically detect potentially malicious code behavior executing within the isolation container. t 3. The solution shall automatically capture necessary details (e.g., ports and protocols in use, running executables and services, browser plugins in use, etc.) of events (e.g., malicious activity) occurring within the isolation container to support retrospective post-event analysis, threat analysis, and situational awareness. t 4. The solution shall automatically constrain potentially malicious activity to within the isolation container. t 5. The solution shall be configurable to control the ability of applications running within the isolation container to access only specified system resources (e.g., storage devices, network resources, human interface devices, etc.). t 6. The solution shall automatically eliminate and report all isolation container artifacts of compromise and intrusion remnants to the common management server in support of rapid remediation and investigation. t 7. The solution shall automatically restore access to a potentially compromised application within 60 seconds post-compromise, unless configured to allow malware to run for the purpose of analysis. t 8. All components shall be protected against unauthorized/malicious access and modification. This applies to executable code, data, and component settings. t 9. The solution shall provide continual verification of the integrity of the isolation container to ensure there is no unauthorized/malicious access or persistent modification. t 10. Solution components shall not impair authorized system operations (e.g., patching, scanning, business software usage, information assurance tools/initiatives (Secure Host Baseline, Assured Compliance Assessment Solution, etc.) nor shall they degrade managed system performance in any way, which may adversely impact a system s primary business/mission functions. t 11. The solution shall provide automatic time stamping of all collected data and events based on a single time standard (e.g., Coordinated Universal Time). t 12. The solution shall support the Department’s currently mandated means of authentication (e.g., Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)). t 13. The solution shall securely store and transmit data in a manner that ensures the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and source authenticity of the data. t 14. The solution shall automatically report operating status and configuration to its common management system, based on a pre-defined schedule, to ensure the capability is operating and configured as expected. t 15. The solution shall interoperate with event monitoring and correlation systems (e.g. SIEMs) to facilitate aggregated situational awareness. t 16. The solution shall allow for patching and update of containerized applications through a means of automated verification (e.g., integration with automated patch management infrastructure/processes). t 17. The solution shall encrypt all data in transit or data at rest with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 compliant cryptographic modules. t 18. The solution shall support open standards for automated threat information sharing. t 19. The solution shall protect managed endpoints operating in Connected, Disconnected, Intermittent, and Limited (DIL) bandwidth networked and standalone environments. t 20. The solution shall report to the Common Management Server all potentially malicious events encountered while the managed endpoint was without network connectivity. t 21. The solution shall provide configurable alerting based upon administrator defined criteria. t 22. The solution shall send alerts at administrator-definable intervals. t 23. The solution shall, at a minimum, operate on the most common vendor supported operating systems approved for use in the DoD environment (e.g., Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (including Secure Host Baseline), and Exchange Server 2016, Linux). t 24. The solution shall provide the ability for designated administrators, authenticated according to DoD standards, to configure the solution in accordance with applicable DoD policies. t 25. The solution shall automatically report potentially malicious events detected within the isolation container to a common management server and provide actionable information in a non-proprietary, standard format (e.g. Structured Threat Information expression (STIX)). t 26. The isolation container shall ensure that destructive malware within the container is unable to negatively impact user data or the integrity of the host system. t 27. The solution shall, where possible, inspect and/or sanitize active or potentially malicious untrusted content passing out of the container to the underlying more-trusted host. Examples include copy-paste, printing, file saving, and synchronization of configuration, and user data such as cookies and bookmarks. Sanitization should re-encode content in such a way as to minimize the likelihood of malicious exploitation when content is processed. t 28. The solution should be capable of containing operating system kernel-level vulnerability exploitation. t 29. The solution shall have the capability to be tuned/configured to reduce alerts resulting from false positives. t 30. The solution’s uninstall capability shall ensure no artifacts are left behind following execution of the uninstall processes. t 31. All solution components shall have the ability to be automatically deployed and configured based on predefined configurations. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Must have Secret Facility Clearance. Please provide your current Facility Clearance level. SOURCES SOUGHT: The North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS) for this requirement is 511210, with the corresponding size standard of $41.5 million. To assist DISA in making a determination regarding the level of participation by small business in any subsequent procurement that may result from this Sources Sought, you are also encouraged to provide information regarding your plans to use joint venturing (JV) or partnering. Please outline how you would envision your company’s areas of expertise and those of any proposed JV/partner would be combined to meet the specific requirements contained in this announcement. In order to make a determination for a small business set-aside, two or more qualified and capable small businesses must submit responses that demonstrate their qualifications. Responses must demonstrate the company s ability to perform in accordance with the Limitations on Subcontracting clause (FAR 52.219-14). SUBMISSION DETAILS: Responses should include: t 1. Business name and address; t 2. Name of company representative and their business title; t 3. Type of Small Business; t 4. CAGE Code; t 5. Your contract vehicles that would be available to the Government for the procurement of the product and/or service, to include ENCORE III, SETI, NIH, NASA SEWP, General Service Administration (GSA): OASIS, ALLIANT II, VETS, STARS II, Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) (including applicable SIN(s)), or any other Government Agency contract vehicle that allows for decentralized ordering. (This information is for market research only and does not preclude your company from responding to this notice.) t tVendors who wish to respond to this should send responses via email NLT 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on February 17, 2020 to Taylor Rakers, [email protected] and Cody Seelhoefer, [email protected] If you feel your company has a solution that meets the requirements above, submit a brief capabilities package (no more than ten pages) demonstrating that ability. t tProprietary information and trade secrets, if any, must be clearly marked on all materials. All information received that is marked Proprietary will be handled accordingly. Please be advised that all submissions become Government property and will not be returned. All government and contractor personnel reviewing submitted responses will have signed non-disclosure agreements and understand their responsibility for proper use and protection from unauthorized disclosure of proprietary information as described 41 USC 423. The Government shall not be held liable for any damages incurred if proprietary information is not properly identified. SCOTT AFB, IL 62225
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is seeking sources for Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
CONTRACTING OFFICE ADDRESS:
IT CONTRACTING DIVISION
2300 EAST DRIVE
Scott AFB IL 62225-5406 US
This is a SOURCES SOUGHT ANNOUNCEMENT to determine the availability and technical capability of small businesses (including the following subsets, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Certified 8(a), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, HUBZone Small Businesses and Woman Owned Small Businesses) to provide the required products and/or services.
The Endpoint Security Portfolio is seeking information for potential sources for Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) capability allowing cyber defenders to quickly detect and investigate security incidents and automatically detect malicious system activities and behaviors. EDR capabilities continuously record significant events occurring on managed systems for the purpose of identifying, reporting, and investigating malicious activity; thereby reducing and adversary s dwell time on DoD networks. Recorded data accessible through a management console query interface. The EDR capability complements other endpoint security measures and capabilities; the ability to restrict execution of high-risk applications and computer processing.
THIS SOURCES SOUGHT ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. IT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A SOLICITATION AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT. RESPONSES IN ANY FORM ARE NOT OFFERS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO AWARD A CONTRACT AS A RESULT OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. NO FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO PAY FOR PREPARATION OF RESPONSES TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ANY INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY RESPONDENTS TO THIS SOURCES SOUGHT ANNOUNCEMENT IS STRICTLY VOLUNTARY.
For the purposes of this Sources Sought, endpoints are described as follows:
Thick Client Network clients running on fully-capable systems – Local storage and processing capability; can operate independently if not connected to a network.
Thin Client Network client running on minimally-capable system – Minimal local storage and processing capability.
Zero Client Client with no capability outside of network context.
Server Respond to client requests; provide enterprise services (typically in data centers). Users are System Administrators.
Virtual Client Client running virtually on a host platform; no physical resources.
The target is an endpoint (excluding devices like phones and tablets) security and management solution that mitigates prevalent adversary attack vectors, tactics, and techniques used to compromise a system. The proposed solution must automatically isolate the execution of high risk applications interacting with untrusted content from more trusted portions of the endpoint (e.g. host operating system); and/or the solution must facilitate incident detection, investigation, response and threat hunting. Any proposed solution must continue to be effective in disconnected, virtual, intermittent, and low bandwidth network conditions without a dependence upon regularly recurring (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly) content updates. The proposed solution must be capable of scaling to millions of endpoints and provide information in near real-time. Any proposed solution must be ready for testing and subsequent deployment.
In order for the Government to evaluate the technical merits of the vendors solution(s), the solution(s) shall be capable of meeting the following technical requirements:
The solution shall provide the ability to automatically capture, record and analyze a user-selectable range of endpoint parameters and events in order to assess system operations, support risk management and enable hunt and forensic activities. Examples of data the solution shall be capable of capturing include: – Windows Registry – Changes to Keys (and their associated processes; including auto-run keys), Access Control Lists (ACLs), license keys, ownership, and administrative rights.
t- User Activity – Authentication and privileged user activities.
t- Network Activity – File transfers, connections opened and closed, destination (Uniform Resource Locator, Internet Protocols, type of traffic and encryption method (e.g., File Transfer Protocol, Secure File Transfer Protocol, Server Message Block, Transport Layer Security, and Secure Sockets Layer.
t – Processes and Services – Automatic and manual starts and stops. Process parent and child relationships. Loaded and unloaded Dynamic Link Libraries, and record of their associated processes and files on the file system.
t – Software Changes Operating System, driver and program installation, uninstall, patching, and modification information (e.g., software versions, software identification tags, patch information and mutex data).
t – Peripheral Connections – Wired and wireless connections to peripheral devices.
t – Other File Activity – Files created, opened, closed, saved, modified, moved, or deleted.
t – In-memory Activities – In-memory activities associated with potentially malicious activity; including mutexes and named pipes associated with processes.
t – Hardware Changes – Peripheral device detection, removal, or modification.
The solution shall not impair authorized system operations (e.g., patching, scanning, business software usage, information assurance tools/initiatives (secure host baseline, assured compliance assessment solution, etc.) nor shall it degrade managed system performance in any way, which may adversely impact a system s primary business/mission functions.
The solution shall encrypt all data in transit or data at rest with FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptographic modules.
The solution shall, at a minimum, operate on the most common vendor supported operating systems approved for use in the DoD environment (e.g., Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (including secure host baseline) and Exchange Server 2016).
The solution shall support automated/scheduled transfer of endpoint data to Government approved data archives (e.g., commercial cloud, DoD-owned, federal data center, etc.)
The solution shall provide time stamping of all collected data and events based on a single time standard (e.g., coordinated universal time).
The solution shall securely store and transmit data in a manner that ensures the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and source authenticity of the data.
The solution shall provide the ability to automatically discover and alert on previously unknown external and/or internal hardware/peripheral devices (such as storage) connected to endpoints for the purpose of retrospective/post-event analysis.
The solution shall provide integrated and customizable search with, at minimum, the ability to, from the central management server or other authorized consoles, search data from all systems for information relevant to an incident investigation or risk analysis.
The solution shall have the ability to execute manual and scheduled scans of specified systems for indicators derived from threat intelligence or other sources.
The solution shall provide integrated analytics (including visualization) and support the creation of custom analytics, in order to identify anomalous endpoint behaviors, support incident investigation, and perform event analysis.
The solution shall have the ability to pull locally stored data from specified endpoints in near real time to support high priority hunt and forensic operations.
The solution shall provide automatic hardware-level, operating system-level, and application-level monitoring.
The solution shall allow administrative functions to be delegated to users based on roles/permissions and or groupings of endpoints they are responsible for managing.
The solution shall provide automated analysis and visualization of an attack; including production of an event timeline and initial assessment of severity/impact.
The solution shall support delegation (i.e., user-specified) of who can access/view collected endpoint data.
The management and analytic components of the solution shall scale to support an endpoint client load of at least 500,000 endpoints.
The solution shall support the Department’s currently mandated means of authentication (e.g., PKI).
The solution shall automatically report detection of potentially malicious events to a common management server and provide actionable information in non-proprietary, standard formats (e.g. STIX).
The solution shall generate reports based on pre-saved user-defined formats and datasets to facilitate rapid analysis, decision making, and follow-up actions following events.
The solution shall, through a central management server, provide options for configurable automated or manual remediation actions in response to detected potentially malicious events.
The solution’s uninstall capability shall ensure no artifacts are left behind following execution of the uninstall processes.
The solution shall support the rapid push (objective: within 30 seconds) of configuration changes from the management server to all installed agents.
The solution shall protect managed endpoints operating in Connected, DIL bandwidth networked, and standalone environments.
All solution components shall have the ability to be automatically deployed and configured based on predefined configurations.
The solution shall report to the common management server all potentially malicious events encountered while the managed endpoint was without network connectivity.
All components shall be protected against unauthorized/malicious access and modification. This applies to executable code, data, and component settings.
Must have Secret Facility Clearance. Please provide your current Facility Clearance level.
The North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS) for this requirement is 511210, with the corresponding size standard of $41.5 million.
To assist DISA in making a determination regarding the level of participation by small business in any subsequent procurement that may result from this Sources Sought, you are also encouraged to provide information regarding your plans to use joint venturing (JV) or partnering. Please outline how you would envision your company’s areas of expertise and those of any proposed JV/partner would be combined to meet the specific requirements contained in this announcement.
In order to make a determination for a small business set-aside, two or more qualified and capable small businesses must submit responses that demonstrate their qualifications. Responses must demonstrate the company s ability to perform in accordance with the Limitations on Subcontracting clause (FAR 52.219-14).
Responses should include:
Business name and address;
Name of company representative and their business title;
Type of Small Business;
Your contract vehicles that would be available to the Government for the procurement of the product and/or service, to include ENCORE III, SETI, NIH, NASA SEWP, General Service Administration (GSA): OASIS, ALLIANT II, VETS, STARS II, Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) (including applicable SIN(s)), or any other Government Agency contract vehicle that allows for decentralized ordering. (This information is for market research only and does not preclude your company from responding to this notice.)
tVendors who wish to respond to this should send responses via email NLT 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on February 17, 2020 to Taylor Rakers, [email protected] and Cody Seelhoefer, [email protected] If you feel your company has a solution that meets the requirements above, submit a brief capabilities package (no more than ten pages) demonstrating that ability.
tProprietary information and trade secrets, if any, must be clearly marked on all materials. All information received that is marked Proprietary will be handled accordingly. Please be advised that all submissions become Government property and will not be returned. All government and contractor personnel reviewing submitted responses will have signed non-disclosure agreements and understand their responsibility for proper use and protection from unauthorized disclosure of proprietary information as described 41 USC 423. The Government shall not be held liable for any damages incurred if proprietary information is not properly identified.
Thin Client News – IGEL Founding Father Heiko Gloge Passes CEO Torch To Jed Ayres
‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity focused on how the world is going to consume applications and Windows desktops,’ says new IGEL CEO Jed Ayres. ‘It’s a Cinderella moment in my career. It’s a great honor, but it’s also a huge responsibility because of the heritage, tradition and stability that Heiko brought to this company.’
Heiko Gloge, the founding father and driving force behind IGEL’s rise over the past two decades from an upstart German thin-client manufacturer to a global next-generation edge operating system powerhouse, is stepping aside and handing the global CEO post to Jed Ayres.Ayres, the hard-charging marketing maestro who Gloge recruited as U.S. CEO four years ago to take IGEL into Silicon Valley and lead the global software offensive, is pledging to take the company from $150 million in sales to more than $1 billion.
The $1 billion goal comes as the 20-year-old company moves to capture the exploding cloud workspaces opportunity with a blockbuster partnership with software giant Microsoft. As the first Linux client for Microsoft’s fast-growing Windows Virtual Desktop, IGEL is in a unique position to capture significant edge operating system market share.
Jacquelyn Bengfort is a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. A social anthropologist by training, she writes on topics from education to the military, gender to fictional post-apocalyptic worldscapes.
How thin can you go? New clients continue to be introduced, like HP’s unveiling of the t310 G2 All-in-One Zero Client in January. With client types on the market ranging from traditional thick desktop computers to PC over IP zero clients and everything in between, IT decision-makers are left with tough questions as they try to parse out the differences and best uses of various client types.
By considering the particular strengths of thick clients vs. thin clients vs. zero clients around several key attributes, IT teams can implement the right solutions to meet the need of their businesses.
What Is a Zero Client: The Security Benefits and Beyond
One of the signature strengths of zero clients is security. Because a zero client has no local operating system, the avenues of attack are radically reduced.
But, says David Johnson, a principal analyst at Forrester, even a zero client carries some degree of vulnerability.
“Zero clients have at least some firmware,” says Johnson. “Firmware is vulnerable to attack, or can be. But in general, it should be easier to secure a zero client. With an entire PC there are a lot of attack surfaces.”
intel took the stage at CES 2020 to deliver their keynote like they do kind of year after year and right in the middle of it they took a few minutes to talk about the progress that they’ve made on project Athena and then they made a surprising announcement to a lot of us and that is a partnership with Google surrounding this whole idea of project Athena laptops and then they went further and debuted a couple new Chromebooks the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook in the Asus Chromebook as project Athena Chromebooks and all of this is very important and if you’re hearing all of that and going I don’t know what any of that means we kind of didn’t really either and so we did some research and I’d like to tell you about it
10ZiG to Demo BCR via Experimental CER Feature in Citrix Workspace App on Linux-Based Thin Client at Citrix Summit
10ZiG Technology is demonstrating improved Browser Content Redirection using the Chromium Embedded Framework feature via the Citrix Workspace App on 10ZiG Linux-Based Thin Clients today at Citrix Summit 2020.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – 10ZiG Technology® is conducting live demonstrations of the Citrix Workspace App’s Browser Content Redirection (BCR) using Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF), displaying its performance improvements, on 10ZiG Linux-Based Thin Clients at Citrix Summit booth #502. In the recent release of Citrix Workspace App for Linux Version 1912, Citrix added support to BCR utilizing the experimental CEF-based engine. This enriches the experience on Thin Clients, as it helps to offload network usage, client-side processing, and graphics rendering directly to the endpoint.
BCR redirects contents of a web browser to a Client device/endpoint, creating a corresponding browser that embeds within the Citrix Workspace App itself. Up until Version 1912, performance on lower powered devices such as Thin Clients were problematic, but with the advances of CEF-based overlay, there are good signs of progress. 10ZiG quickly adapted to this recent release until compatibility and support was achieved and is demoing those good signs of progress on 10ZiG Linux-based Thin Clients, which did not take too long to accomplish.
Says 10ZiG CTO Kevin Greenway, “10ZiG is incredibly Citrix-responsive and Citrix-ready. Because we’re only consumed in Thin & Zero Client development, we were once again able to jump in and finetune Version 1912 advances through swift configuration and testing. We’re excited to be able to demonstrate this today and tomorrow at Citrix Summit, as we are publicly known as “first-responders” to Citrix updates. The enhanced BCR experience is just one more thing that our Thin Client Partners and customers are happy about and we know that they are anxious to see it in action. Stop by booth #502!”
About 10ZiG Technology®
10ZiG Technology is a world-market leader in Thin Client & Zero Client endpoint devices for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. 10ZiG provides leading Intel and AMD based Dual and Quad Core Thin Clients and Zero Clients for VMware Blast Extreme & PCoIP, Citrix (HDX, HDX Premium, HDX 3D Pro), and Microsoft environments, in addition to the widest range of Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients on the market. 10ZiG offers free, no-obligation demo devices, best-in-industry Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and Europe, and provides at no cost, the Cloud-enabled “10ZiG Manager” Console with unlimited user licenses.
About Citrix Summit
For more information on Citrix Summit, please see www.citrixsummit.com (10ZiG Technology will be exhibiting at Booth #502.)
To learn more about cutting-edge VDI technology from 10ZiG, or to arrange for a FREE Thin or Zero Client demonstration device, please contact 10ZiG below.
We start the year with a listing and review of thin client models from multiple manufacturers. Thin client computing has seen a big increase in RFPs being issued from local, city, state and federal agencies over 2019. We monitor RFPs for this market. You can see list of them on our RFP page.
HP Easy Shell – HP Easy Shell provides a streamlined experience for your HP Thin Client Windows embedded environment that’s completely customizable to fit your needs. Precisely tailor your unique security needs so you can make the most of your cloud infrastructure, VDI, and kiosk environments.
HP Thin Update — Download the latest images and add-ons from HP and use the tool to pre-configure the image, capture the golden image using USB key, and deploy it using either the USB key or HPDM.
HP True Graphics — Experience breakthrough video playback, smooth graphics rendering, and impressive high-speed performance with less lag time when you access rich graphical applications and multimedia content from the cloud. Available for Windows® and Linux®-based HP Thin Clients.
HP Device Manager — Make it easy for your IT admins to remotely deploy, update, and manage thousands of HP Thin Clients from anywhere1 through a single console.
It’s been an exciting 2019 in the world of Chromebooks, which comes to an end today. And about two weeks ago on a podcast, I shared what my Chromebook of the year is. But I put off writing about it, mainly because I was finding it difficult to explain why I chose what I did. After much reflection and quiet time during the holiday season, I figured it out.
But first, let me share my pick, which is certainly arguable: I think the best Chromebook for most people, and launched in 2019, is the Google Pixelbook Go.
Here are my reasons why:
Lighter and thinner than any similarly sized Chromebook.
Better design and materials than most Chromebooks
Speakers that are on par with, if not better than, those found in the Pixel Slate, which easily produce the best sound from any Chromebook.
Improved hush-keys that are now what I consider the gold standard of Chromebook keyboards.
Outstanding battery life in such a thin package
Yes, there are some “downgrades” from the Pixelbook when it comes to the Go. You lose the 2-in-1 form factor and stylus support as previously mentioned. The display resolution is lower and the screen aspect ratio is now 16:9. But in every other meaningful way, this is an upgrade from the Pixelbook and it comes at a lower cost.
New JAWS Kiosk software released from Vispero and Paciello Group. Enables ADA and Accessibility on Windows-based workstation and are a great tool for corporate networks looking to provide accessibility options for their employees.
JAWS Kiosk by Vispero
Vispero®, the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired, is excited to announce an addition to the Vispero family: JAWS Kiosk. A collaboration between The Paciello Group (TPG) and the Freedom Scientific brand (owned by Vispero), JAWS Kiosk is focused on delivering accessible kiosk solutions whether it’s through the incorporation of Freedom Scientific’s industry-leading screen reading software, JAWS®, or by utilizing TPG’s accessible design and technical implementation services. Beginning with the June 2019 release of JAWS, JAWS software will revolutionize self-service kiosk accessibility.
Point of Sale
Endless Aisle Shopping
Tech Support Help Desk
HR Employee Paperwork/Forms
Meeting Room Management
Job Application Center
Self-Service Bill Pay
Smart City Applications
..and many more!
Kiosk Accessibility Consulting Services
TPG Consulting Services that can be applied to kiosk projects:
Accessibility Design Review
JAWS Implementation and JAWS Scripting
Integration with Storm Assistive Technology Products
Closed Environment & Onsite Testing
Kiosk Accessibility Retrofit
TPG’s services include customizing pronunciation, instructions, and the user experience to support the kiosk application and input devices for users who are blind or have low vision.
JAWS screen reader software offers features that work specifically with Storm Assistive Technology Products and other alternative input solutions such as touch screens, keyboards, etc.
New kiosk-specific features of JAWS include:
Thinner version of JAWS for closed environments
Locked down features for use in closed environments
Support for Storm Assistive Technology Products (NavPad™, NavBar™ and AudioNav™)
Multi-language/Multi-voice JAWS support
User session management
Auto start JAWS upon insertion of audio device
Auto stop/session end automatic upon withdraw of audio input
Compatible with kiosk system software
Fully customizable through JAWS scripting
Does not require an internet connection for full functionality
New accelerated speeds with reduced latency and high security for remote workplace. Empowering remote locations is very important in todays environment of increased competition for specialized talent. And reduced IT budgets.
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 18, 2019 — Today at Autodesk University, HP Inc. announced HP ZCentral, a solution powering the next-gen of computing with the world’s first single sourced remote workstation solution. ZCentral centralizes high-end computer power in a single location, liberating power-users who work on graphics-intensive applications, and enabling remote, mobile and fluid workstyles. ZCentral combines Z by HP racked high performance workstations, a new generation ZCentral Remote Boost software – formerly known as Remote Graphics Software (RGS) – and new proprietary ZCentral Connect software to accelerate high compute workflows to the next level.
“As the office of the future continues to evolve, HP is equipping today’s mobile workforce with the world’s only single-source remote workstation solution, accelerating high-performance, complex workflows from any location,” said Jim Nottingham, general manager and global head of workstations, HP Inc. “HP ZCentral is reinventing the way businesses meet the demands of today’s global workforce with flexibility by accelerating IT deployment and management, reducing costs, and providing world-class data security.”
ZCentral equips IT departments with predictable and dedicated remote performance, independent of the end point device, and a simple way to manage those connections with ultimate data security. The financial impacts of a data breach can be significant to a company with the average cost of $3.6 million in 2018. ZCentral can reduce the challenges and costs associated with managing various platforms and devices while offering secure remote access to users. ZCentral offers 16%-33% higher performance, at 59%-72% of the cost of today’s virtualized workstations 2 . With ZCentral, IT managers can manage, monitor, and assign dedicated remote workstation performance on a secure private network with one console.
HP will deliver the full end-to-end ZCentral solutions to partners across various industries, including AEC, Data Science, Media and Entertainment, and Oil and Gas, among others. The updated ZCentral Remote Boost and new ZCentral Connect software will be available in early 2020, with beta versions available for current customers.
Fluid IT Transforms Workflows for Power Users
In today’s remote office environments, creators, animators, researchers and product developers, among other professionals, are working in various locations more frequently to increase collaboration, creativity, productivity and efficiency. However, power users accessing large files for these complex workflows, while syncing over the network, is costly and time-intensive. HP is innovating in two key areas to deliver enterprise-ready remote computing solutions in the right way: predictable and dedicated remote workstation performance independent of the OS (MacOS, Windows, Linux) and the shift to ultra-flexible IT.
ZCentral delivers dedicated performance via a secure and stable remote workstation connection, with the new ZCentral Remote Boost software delivering high-performance on VFX, simulation and 3D, bringing a new way to manage those connections collectively. ZCentral Remote Boost works with Windows, Linux or MacOS devices, providing flexibility for the end-user to create or design on almost any end-point device, anywhere.
The ZCentral Connect software enables company IT departments to easily assign workstations, monitor connections and logins all through one simple interface. ZCentral Connect also makes is simple and easy for power users to connect to dedicated, centralized compute or access the next available workstation within an assigned pool of centralized workstations. By keeping the workstation secure and centralized next to the data storage, with the ZCentral Connect and ZCentral Remote Boost connection, only encrypted pixels are sent over the network, so company data remains highly secure at the source.
With the world’s most secure workstations, packed with professional graphics highly tuned to deliver ultimate performance with complex, multi-application workflows, ZCentral is innovating how compute power is managed. ZCentral delivers:
• Efficiency gains with fast load times for large projects in remote locations (co-located data and compute for security and faster load times), protecting company data on the world’s most secure workstations – racked Z by HP workstations.
• IT departments can share a pool of workstations to each user in a new flexible way by managing connections remotely on one simple interface with ZCentral Connect Software Power users can tap into Z Workstation performance and work as if they are local even with a thin and light device via ZCentral Remote Boost Software
IT departments can equip workforces with a variety of end-point devices from Thin Clients to Notebooks and Convertibles and regardless of the device, power users can upgrade to dedicated workstation performance for the ISV applications they use, when they need them.
• Z by HP Desktop workstations with rack mounting are available today.
• HP ZCentral Remote Boost software will be available in early 2020, pricing to be announced at a later date and the beta for current customers is available now. For more information or to contact HP, please visit hp.com/ZCentral.
• HP ZCentral Connect software will be available in early 2020, pricing to be announced at a later date and the beta for current customers is available now. For more information or to contact HP, please visit hp.com/ZCentral.
• HP RGS is available today, visit hp.com/ZCentralRemoteBoost for more information.
Whether it is an IT technician servicing a single rack, or a team of professionals managing multiple data centers–with HP Rack Mounting Solutions, everyday tasks are made easy. HP Rack Mounting kits are engineered with the same customer-centric design philosophies that have made the Z Workstation product line a continuing success. To maximize rack density, HP engineers have designed a low-profile fixed-rail solution that can be customized on-the-spot to fit the HP Z2 Mini G4, HP Z2 Tower G4, HP Z4 G4 or HP Z6 G4 Workstations. The system-tray features captive fasteners, allowing for quick and easy tool-free access to the Workstation. For the HP Z8 G4 Workstation, HP continues to offer an enterprise-class rail solution that fully extends–allowing for in-rack configuration of the Workstation. Gaining access to the interior components of a rack-mounted HP Z8 G4 Workstation is a tool-free operation.
Writeup on TechRadar of very, and I mean very, cheap Android Thin Client. Some good advice too on buying Chinese online.
The Magicsee N5 Nova is the cheapest Android device with 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage so definitely one to consider if you want to experience Android on a big screen; as a thin client, things get a bit more complicated.
Ample storage and system memory
Annoying blue LED
100MBps Ethernet only
Only two USB ports
At the heart of the Magicsee N5 Nova is the Rockchip RK3318, a four-core ARM-based processor that uses the Cortex-A53 with a Mali-450 GPU. That is paired with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB onboard storage. Other features include 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 and a remote control.
Editors Note: Fellow grew up on SCO and amber terminals, and Wordperfect. I remember those days as I had one of those terminals. Days I talked about the “elegant file system” of inodes. I grew up on on an XT with an IRMA card working 3270 Mapics. Oh, and DEC220s and Decnet. My intro to real email in 92. Much different today. I just gave my HP Chromebook to my wife to take to the mountains so she could watch Downton Abby at the condo over WiFi. I’m pretty particular about my browser these days as well (Brave as a rule). Looking forward to the next Gnome desktop release in October.
It takes all kinds and I enjoy multiple viewpoints.
Even in traditionally friendly territories, thin client hardware is beginning to be trumped by thin client apps, like Citrix Receiver and VMware View Client. That’s partially because the apps are practically free and can be installed on smartphones and other “thin” devices that are more portable (and more useful) than a static workstation that costs nearly as much as a new desktop. This plays into the whole “bring your own device” approach now being embraced by budget-conscious businesses that might have otherwise opted for thin clients in the past.
The HP Passport seems to be an aberration in all of this. It’s either a thin client for Web-based computing or Web TV for the office. IDG News’ Agam Shah reports that HP spokesman Jim Christiensen explained the Passport as a device intended for Internet cafés, libraries, or schools. “This is the first generation, we’ll see how it does.”
Considering that the Passport doesn’t have the lock-downs on it that those sorts of places want even from thin clients—controlling the length of user sessions or network access to printers, for example—I suspect it won’t do terribly well.
In advance of VMworld 2019, HP is announcing HP t740 thin client, the t640 and also ThinPro PC Converter. These are new additions to its HP thin client portfolio to help businesses maximize their transition to Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) and cloud environments. HP’s versatile thin client portfolio is purpose-built with ITDMs in mind, translating to solutions that are impeccably designed, versatile, secure and easy-to-deploy and manage when effortlessly transitioning to VDI and cloud computing.
Encompassing the world’s most powerful thin client, the world’s first self-defending thin client, a redesigned manageability tool and software that enables businesses to convert legacy devices into efficient HP thin clients, these new solutions will enable businesses to expand their virtualization strategies and take charge of their vision for the cloud.
As workloads evolve with more data and graphics, it’s important IT professionals invest in future-proofing their devices with high performance, configurable solutions. The HP t740, the world’s most powerful thin client features:
Powerful performance with AMD’s Ryzen V1756B processor
Option to add an AMD Radeon graphics card boosting support from native four UHD/4K displays to six UHD/4K displays
AMD MemoryGuard technology, only available for HP thin client customers, providing real-time memory encryption to guard against cold-boot attacks.
Flash storage up to 512GB and system memory up to 32GB
Fiber Optic NIC option that offers the highest level of secure network connectivity
Expanded operating temperature range of up to 55 deg C
The HP t740 is expected to be available on September 26 starting at $651
With optimizing workplace productivity more important than ever, companies need a device allowing them to tackle hybrid local and virtual workloads with a range of subsystem options. The HP t640, the world’s first self-defending thin client, includes:
AMD MemoryGuard technology, only available for HP thin client customers, providing real-time memory encryption to guard against cold-boot attacks.
Mainstream processing and graphics power from an AMD Ryzen R1506G processor
Latest memory and flash technologies provide fast remote and local computing
Native support for three UHD/4K displays
Single cable USB-C™ power and video to reduce cable clutter
Up to 35 various subsystem options offering versatility for end users and use cases
Certification to meet EN/IEC 60601-1-2 technical standards for safety in healthcare environments
Unique airflow design that enables mounting and orientation in a variety of ways for multiple use cases and tasks
The HP t640 is expected to be available on September 16 starting at $514.
HP ThinPro PC Converter reduces businesses’ capital expenditures during transitions to VDI by allowing IT departments to repurpose legacy devices into secure, manageable HP thin client endpoints. HP ThinPro PC Converter enables:
Maximizing the value of existing devices: Increase the life of existing desktops, notebooks, and thin clients when replacing the device’s existing OS with a Linux®-based HP ThinPro. Alternatively, boot up in HP ThinPro with a USB drive to preserve the current system, ideal for companies managing bring-your-own-device environments.
Multi-layered security: Deliver secure virtualization with HP ThinPro’s embedded security features, lower virus attack rates, and a read-only locked file system to help prevent unauthorized updates.
Simplified device management: Centrally manage all devices and data through the HP Device Manager console, included with HP ThinPro PC Converter.
The HP ThinPro PC Converter with 1-year maintenance and support is available today starting at $122*
For simplified device management, HP Device Manager 5.0 is redesigned with a modern, intuitive interface and added new features to provide a more efficient management experience focusing on three areas:
Centralized management and monitoring: A simple, powerful admin tool that allows IT to remotely configure, update, and troubleshoot HP Thin Clients. Automate certain tasks with pre-built templates that use rules by folder to create configurable deployments.
Flexible and intuitive experiences: Enable IT to keep track of what’s important with a tool that sets up in minutes. Customize the interface with easy drag-and-drop support for multiple displays or use the web-based console for quick access and role-based task delegation from anywhere.
Powerful console built for scale: Operate across large enterprise deployments with support for 64-bit applications and scalable memory, performance, and reliability.
HP Device Manager 5.0 is available now and comes at no additional cost with the purchase of any HP Thin Client.
We have a virtual event you can view now here to learn more about today’s announcement. Access to detailed specs along with images can be found here. For more information on HP Thin Clients, visit here.
If you are attending VMworld, visit us at the HP booth #251.
Ping with questions!
**Purchase of maintenance and support is required. Option of 1-year support or 3-year support at added cost.
New Dell Wyse 5470 enables optimized mobility and productivity to collaborate and work confidently from the cloud
New Dell Wyse 5470 All-in-One delivers optimized performance and trusted security on a 23.8-inch display
New mobile and All-in-One thin clients are designed to enhance virtual workspaces with ultimate security and intelligent unified management
At Dell Technologies, we are dedicated to providing our customers with technology that helps them become more productive, no matter when, where or how they work. Whether an accountant handling sensitive tax data or an administrator coordinating schedules and timelines, we understand that keeping data secure as you work is vital.
Dell is extending its thin client portfolio with the addition of two new form factors – the Wyse 5470 All-In-One and the Wyse 5470 mobile thin client. Both provide users with the flexibility of work while maintaining security of data with zero attack vulnerabilities, an unpublished API with files exclusively packaged by Dell with the Wyse ThinOS1 operating system.
Designed to easily integrate into any technology environment, Wyse thin clients deliver an enterprise experience and address multiple use cases in regulated industries, from healthcare, financial services, retail or government services; from task workers to users who require extreme computing power.
Dell Wyse 5470 Mobile delivers optimized mobility and productivity
Dell’s new mobile thin client meets the needs of an evolving, growing and increasingly mobile workforce. From the desk to the meeting to remote work, today’s workers need to connect quickly, easily and securely to all their applications and devices.
Users have the freedom to choose between secure access to cloud applications and virtual workspaces from the hardened Wyse ThinLinux with a commercial proven design or select Windows 10 IoT Enterprise with Dell added security features.
The Wyse 5470 Mobile is available with:
HD or full HD 14-inch display with touch screen options, and supports up to two external 4K displays for even more productivity when at the desk
Built-in support for unified communications with the Intel Wireless-AC 9650 card with integrated Bluetooth capability and optional front-facing HD camera for collaboration
Optional USB-C Dell Dock enablement with data transfer speeds up to 10Gps and seamless firmware updates for easy transitions from the desk to meetings to remote work
Dell Wyse 5470 All-in-One enables a more productive experience for cloud users
The new Wyse 5470 All-in-One thin client is the perfect fit for any customer-facing or business space, and its small footprint meets the needs of remote employees to connect, collaborate and work confidently from the cloud. The new design, with a larger 23.8-inch display, allows for immersive productivity while maintaining an elegant, clutter-free design and support for an external 4K display. It comes equipped with the Dell-exclusive Wyse ThinOS, the most secure thin client operating system1 or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise with Dell added security features. Both Wyse ThinOS and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise OS options are ready to connect right out of the box to traditional VDI, cloud-hosted virtual desktops, or apps and cloud services.
Perform and collaborate in virtual workspaces
Dell Wyse 5470 All-in-One features
Support for a broad range of peripherals to empower a faster, smarter workflow and seamless collaboration with built-in support for unified communications, including DisplayPort, six USB ports, RJ-45 and optional wireless with Bluetooth 5.0
Choice of multiple stand options for various work styles. The fixed stand is great for traditional desks and formal workspaces, while the articulating stand adjusts to different angles, be it on a kiosk or standing work environment.
Configure and manage from cloud with a single tap
With simplified setup, configuration and management, Wyse 5470 and Wyse 5470 All-in-One thin clients can be deployed right out-of-the box and benefit from high manageability with cloud-based management through Wyse Management Suite – the only thin client management solution with a mobile app, allowing IT users to view critical alerts and send real time commands instantly and be more responsive to business requirements.
Dell is revolutionizing the future of work and it all starts here with the new Wyse 5470 Thin Clients. Get yours starting on Aug. 20, 2019 at www.dellemc.com/wyse.
Based on Dell internal analysis of competitive products, March 2019.
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Rich Severson – New Employee Stratodesk Thin Client August 11, 2019 New Employee Stratodesk Thin Client From Stratodesk August 7, 2019 Seasoned Thin Client industry veteran, Rich Severson, joins Stratodesk’s team as part of its explosive growth. Rich Severson is the latest addition to our …
Seasoned Thin Client industry veteran, Rich Severson, joins Stratodesk’s team as part of its explosive growth.
Rich Severson is the latest addition to our Sales and Engineering team. As a Senior Solutions Engineer, he will play a key role in driving Stratodesk’s continued global growth. This includes expanding core business and our growing workspace IoT offering.
This is not the first time that Rich has played a pivotal part in transforming the future of a company. In his previous role at NComputing, he helped the Thin Client manufacturing leader and Stratodesk partner become the globally recognized brand that it is today.
It is precisely this experience and expertise in growing Solutions Engineering and Channel Enablement programs that will be so vital in aiding the Stratodesk endpoint revolution.
“Stratodesk is on a ramp up of tremendous growth” says Rich Severson. “This is an opportunity to join a great team and help them expand their global footprint. I look forward to the challenge of helping, partners, channel and OEM integrate Stratodesk solutions for endpoint and enterprise management.”
Rich has been a member of the server based and end user computing industry for more than twenty years. Outside of work, he spends most of his time with his family enjoying the benefits of the exciting music scene in Nashville, TN.
A Pivotal Moment in Stratodesk’s History
Rich has joined at what is truly an exciting time for Stratodesk. As we continue to see unprecedented and sustained growth year over year, it becomes increasingly integral to the core of our business that we add fantastic talent to not only sustain growth, but to have an impact on continued development as well.
Stratodesk’s key business is, and has been for years, PC Repurposing and its flagship product, NoTouch Desktop, the endpoint OS and management solution for VDI, DaaS and IoT endpoints. While both these aspects of the business continue to grow and make new sales records, recent innovations coupled with increasingly complex business needs have driven Stratodesk to do what no other company in our space can.
That is to not only meet the demands of a brave new and technologically advanced work world, but to push it beyond the limits of what was thought possible. These innovations, like the Raspberry Pi based Thin Client powered by Stratodesk software, and our NoTouch IoT platform, have led us to develop a new core business strategy, unlocking new potential for even greater growth opportunities for us and solutions for our customers and partners.
Workspace IoT and the workspace hub
A center driver for this strategy rests in IoT. Billions of devices are expected to be connected to the Internet of Things, and Stratodesk software is the ideal solution for complex enterprise IoT use cases.
The Citrix Ready workspace hub is a prime example of Stratodesk software’s ability for disruption. It brings technological innovation in both VDI and IoT and marries them together into one, powerful solution.
“Imagine a world where everything is connected” says Stratodesk CEO, Emanuel Pirker, “Hospital staff, remote workers and employees simply walk into a room. Lights switch on, computers boot up, and are automatically logged into with all the apps and data workers need. This is already possible, thanks to NoTouch IoTand the Citrix Ready workspace hub.”
Indeed, NoTouch software has already begun to build an IoT ecosystem around itself, with notable additions to the family of products being the Citrix Ready workspace hub, ThinPrint’s ThinPrint Hub, the NVIDIA Jetson Nano, among others.
These products are not only theoretical solutions to IoT use cases – they have a proven, real world track records for going above and beyond what any other endpoint has been able to achieve in terms of cost, time savings, ease of management, and solving everyday business challenges.
New Partnerships Foster Growth
Not only are free trial downloads and product sales for Stratodesk software up, new partners have recently come on board, driving further innovation. These partners include LG and Liquidware, among others, widening the pool of supported and native NoTouch devices and bringing advanced monitoring analytics to NoTouch Center.
“Bringing Stratodesk onboard as a preferred LG software vendor further enhances the capabilities of our most advanced Thin Clients,” says Stephen Hu, head of commercial monitors, LG Business Solutions USA. “And we’re proud that Stratodesk was featuring LG’s All-In-One Thin Client in their Citrix Synergy booth this year.”
“This Integration completes the end-to-end visibility story for organizations that choose NoTouch-based clients and Stratusphere UX,” says Kevin Cooke, Product Director for Stratusphere Solutions at Liquidware. “Visibility to workspace consumption is important when looking to manage expectations and deliver the necessary user experience. We’re excited to bring these metrics and information to Stratodesk customers.”
Extended Reach, Workspace IoT and VMworld 2019
Stratodesk also recently announced our new team member in the UK, showing our commitment to providing the UK with tailored solutions to fit their VDI & DaaS deployments. Additional job opportunities are available within the US – for more on that visit the jobs page on Stratodesk’s website.
Lastly, you can see the world’s leading endpoint OS and management solution for VDI, DaaS and IoT on display at VMworld 2019 in late August.
Minix NEO J50C thin client PC review June 24, 2019 Excerpted from Tech Radar. Read full article A balanced, well designed and keenly priced micro workstation By Desire Athow 12 days agoPC & Mac Desktops Image credit: TechRadar OUR VERDICT Had it not been for its ability …
The increase in big deals bringing in larger customers is a key reason behind the appointment of Brad Richards as IGEL’s first Chief Customer Officer.
At the Microsoft Inspire event where they are in attendance this week, IGEL announced extremely strong triple digit growth over the past year. They are also emphasizing that they are capitalizing on this surge with the addition of multiple net-new additions to the executive team to further drive growth, especially around the major public clouds.
“When I considered taking this job three years ago, people told me not to,” said Jed Ayres, who joined German-headquartered IGEL in the spring of 2016 as President and CEO of IGEL North America, and has since added the global CMO role as well. “I was told that IGEL is a German company that sells commodity hardware in a dying industry – VDI. But it’s software, it’s Linux, the German part has been a gift, and Microsoft and Amazon have brought new life to the category. Us being agnostic lets us take advantage of it all.”
Late last night, VMware announced it had acquired Desktone, a company that provides virtual desktops as a service, which (among other things) allows users on mobile platforms to access Windows apps from non-Windows devices.
At first glance, this is a little puzzling given that VMware already has its own technology for doing the same thing. Here’s what VMware is doing.
Both VMware and Desktone play in the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) space. The idea is that instead of offering Windows apps in the traditional way — running locally on a user’s PC — a company will create a number of virtual Windows desktop configurations on a server, then offer them over the network to users as needed. This was originally positioned as a cost benefit: Instead of updating Windows images and apps on a bunch of individual PCs, VDI would let companies take care of updates in a central place. Users would simply see the updated desktop the next time they logged on. In theory, companies could also save on hardware by buying thin client terminals instead of PCs for each user, although they’d still have to pay Microsoft for a Windows license for each user.
Had it not been for its ability to drive a pair of 4K monitors or being powered by a Type-C connector, our take on the J50C would have been lukewarm. But we like what we are seeing, especially at this price and with Windows 10 Pro. A solid buy if you can ignore the botched system disk setup.
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HP has announced the next generation of their affordable HP EliteBook 700 G6 series business laptops, the new HP EliteBook 735 G6 (13-inch) and HP EliteBook 745 G6 (14-inch). HP has added premium features to the mainstream line including 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen PRO processors with Radeon Vega graphics. Both new EliteBooks focus on power, security, and an ultra-slim design and feature a narrow border and ultra-bright display.
HP’s new line-up is also highlighted by its protection against evolving malware threats with self-healing, hardware-enforced, and manageable security solutions including HP Sure Sense, HP Sure View Gen3, HP Privacy Camera, HP Sure Start for AMD, and HP Sure Click. Moreover, the HP EliteBook 735 G6 and HP EliteBook 745 G6 offer collaboration functionality, featuring HP Noise Cancellation, an integrated world-facing microphone with top-firing speakers, and collaboration keyboard keys.
HP also announced a new mt45 Mobile Thin Client, which is designed for performance, reliability, and security for the most mobile professionals. HP indicates the following highlights of the new mt45 Mobile Thin Client:
Offers built-in collaboration features such as world-facing third mic, collaboration keys, and amazing audio.
Provides a stylish design with a precision-crafted, all-aluminum body.
Offers a 14-inch diagonal Full HD narrow bezel and optional anti-glare touch display.
Features the HP Privacy Camera, multi-factor finger authentication, HP Sure Start Gen5 BIOS protection, and the secure, virus resistant HP ThinPro OS.
Supports Linux based HP ThinPro or Windows 10 IoT option to give users an intuitive, natural interface and familiar navigation.
Boosts performance with the next generation AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U mobile processor with Radeon Vega 6 graphics, ideal for multi-tasking, streaming content and more.
Optimized for cloud and VDI environments.
Pricing and availability
Slated for a release in June, the HP EliteBook 735 G6 will have a starting price of $1,199 while the HP EliteBook 745 G6 will have a starting price of $929.
The new HP mt45 mobile thin clients are expected to be available on July 1 with a starting price is $799.
Products include Android check-in options with EMV.
Patient Kiosk Check-In
The patient check-in kiosk increases efficiency and patient satisfaction in emergency departments, waiting rooms and ambulatory settings by expediting the patient identification process, capturing patient insurance information and overall improving the patient experience. Patients can easily check-in and out, perform payment transactions, confirm insurance information, electronically sign documents and get help with wayfinding through medical facilities. In senior housing the check-in kiosk is used for educating patients on drug regimens as well as monitoring basic health conditions. Telemedicine kiosks are available.
From check-in to payments to improving the patient experience, the healthcare kiosk helps facilities of all sizes take their care to the next level.
Boston Healthcare Kiosk
This sleek, elegant and small-form-factor unit can be placed against walls, in small spaces or back-to-back with other units. Front access to all components plus quick-change hardware makes maintenance fast and easy. BOSTON HEALTHCARE
Verona Healthcare Kiosk
With the press of a button, the ADA-compliant Verona can raise and lower over a 10-inch range, providing easy access for all patients, standing or sitting. VERONA
Austin healthcare kiosk
All-in-One Touchscreen Patient Kiosk Portable to take payments in any environment
The Austin Freestanding Kiosk was designed with a slight tilt forward to welcome your incoming patients. The result is a sleek design that’s in step with today’s most popular designs utilizing an All-In-One computer. AUSTIN – FREESTANDING
EHR and Check-In Software Support
These patient kiosks are recommended by Epic for use with the Epic Welcome patient kiosk application and support the preferred hardware platform. Other EHR support is available.
Kiosk ADA and Accessibility
Complete options for additional devices for supporting biometric, voice recognition and command, tactile interfaces, screen interface, the blind, gesture and other technologies. Complete privacy options for HIPAA compliance as well as certified EMV processor support. Supported operating systems include Windows and Android.
Powered by IGEL OS 11, the newly enhanced IGEL UD2 is verified with IGEL Workspace Edition; UEFI Secure Boot activated; and, features a modern, eco-friendly and compact design ideal for space-constrained workplaces
Reading, UK. May 16, 2019 – IGEL, provider of a next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, today announced the launch of the new IGEL UD2. Part of IGEL’s family of Universal Desktop endpoint solutions, the compact IGEL UD2 is a fast, cost-effective and secure endpoint device designed to meet the needs of the “future of work” that includes more secure, more agile environments built on Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and other cloud-enabled technologies.
“We are pleased to provide our customers with simple, smart and secure endpoints optimised for cloud workspaces and virtual desktops with the new IGEL UD2,” said Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. “An economical and highly effective solution for the workplace of the future, the IGEL UD2 is a slim endpoint featuring a quad-core processor that provides reliable performance for use cases ranging from office applications, to media consumption, web communication and collaboration, and cloud access, to name a few. Additionally, powered by IGEL OS and offering enhanced security features including UEFI Secure Boot validation which prevents the manipulation of the boot sequence and subsequent execution of malware, the new IGEL UD2 enables IT organisations to confidently future proof their investment in the UD2.”
High Performance End-User Computing Inside a Compact, Eco-Friendly Design
The IGEL UD2 features a slim design that is 50% smaller than the previous UD2 model, making it ideal for space-constrained workplaces. Further, the IGEL UD2 is manufactured using 30% recycled plastic, making it an environmentally friendly hardware option.
With an integrated Intel® Atom quad-core processor featuring turbo boost frequency of 1.04GHz to 2GHz, the IGEL UD2 increases performance by 35%. Other enhanced features include extended connectivity with five USB ports offering a comprehensive range of USB adapter options including USB 3.2 for faster file transfer, and dual view with the ability to connect a second monitor via DisplayPort with 2K 60Hz resolution that supports high performance graphics.
UD2 with IGEL Workspace Edition = Maximum Productivity
IGEL UD2 is verified for IGEL Workspace Edition, and managed through the IGEL Universal Management Suite™ (UMS), a single endpoint management and control solution. A core component of IGEL Workspace Edition, the UMS empowers IT organisations through automated backend control and a rich, intuitive console to remotely and securely manage the UD2 and up to tens of thousands of IGEL-powered endpoints.
Powering the IGEL Workspace Edition is IGEL OS, which features a comprehensive range of certified clients, applications and peripheral devices. Upon license activation, standardise your UD2 and enable adaptive configuration and granular control, with a familiar, trouble-free workspace.
Availability and Support
IGEL UD2 is available now, and can be purchased through IGEL’s network of Platinum- and Gold-level Partners, Authorised IGEL Partners (AIPs) and resellers.
IGEL is a provider of a next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. The company’s world-leading software products include IGEL OS™, IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions comprise a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform across nearly any x86 device. Easily acquired via just two feature-rich software offerings, — Workspace Edition and Enterprise Management Pack — IGEL software presents outstanding value per investment. Additionally, IGEL’s German engineered endpoint solutions deliver the industry’s best warranty (5 years), support (3 years after end of life) and management functionality. IGEL enables enterprises to save vast amounts of money by extending the useful life of their existing endpoint devices while precisely controlling all devices running IGEL OS as well as Windows OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit www.igel.com.
CIOReview Editorial Board and an esteemed panel of judges reviewed and selected 10ZiG Technology® as One of the 10 Most Promising Citrix Solution Providers of 2019.
LEICESTER, UK – Ongoing innovations and the increasing immensity of the Citrix Systems product suite and its partner network make it quite challenging to find service providers who can excel with related consultation, implementation, configuring, fine-tuning, and support. On a mission to find the best Citrix Solution providers, a panel of key CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, analysts, along with the CIOReview editorial board, put numerous companies to the test, selecting only the top ten best, including 10ZiG Technology.
When asked if the 10ZiG “more depth and meaning” business model has anything to do with its specializing and speed of service, Kevin Greenway, CTO of 10ZiG and CIOReview interviewee, had this to say, “Yes. We answer your calls, stay by your side, and serve as coach, advisor, and troubleshooter, right from the day you receive your demo device through to post-launch, and beyond.” During the testing phase, customers receive personalized one-on-one device installation support and Q&A sessions. This unique level of service and customization is rare in the endpoint industry and is attributed to the 10ZiG sole focus of Thin & Zero devices. “We provide a multitude of custom embedding options and hardware configurations to ensure that our devices are tailormade to fit seamlessly into our customers’ environments,” added Greenway.
The niche of client hardware devices for VDI with software to manage them enables 10ZiG to exceed in customer support, hardware sophistication, and integration. How quickly 10ZiG reacts when Citrix releases new product and platform updates and rollouts, for example. When the Citrix Workspace App was released, 10ZiG was quickly thereafter listed in Citrix Ready Marketplace as being the only provider to have verified endpoint devices for both the Citrix Workspace App for Linux and for Windows categories. Being first is common with 10ZiG, with the ability to react more quickly compared to larger enterprises that often try to do everything, but not very well.
10ZiG is also embracing “full solution” adaptations in the end-user computing market and the shift toward digital workspaces by bringing further enhancements to its Zero Client products that were traditionally used in desktop virtualization/VDI environments. To read more and for the complete CIOReview article, click here https://magazine.cioreview.com/magazines/April2019/Citrix/#page=18.
About 10ZiG Technology®
10ZiG Technology is a world-market leader in Thin Client & Zero Client endpoint devices for virtual desktops (VDI). 10ZiG provides leading Intel and AMD based Dual and Quad Core Thin & Zero Clients for VMware Blast Extreme & PCoIP, Citrix HDX, Microsoft, and Parallels environments, in addition to the widest range of Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients on the market. 10ZiG offers free, no-obligation demo devices, Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and Europe, and provides The 10ZiG Manager™ – an endpoint management software solution with Cloud capabilities completely free with unlimited user licenses supported. Free evaluation devices are available at 10ZiG.com. For more on 10ZiG, visit www.10ZiG.com
To learn more about cutting-edge VDI technology from 10ZiG, or to arrange for a FREE Thin or Zero Client demonstration device, please contact 10ZiG below.
IGEL today announced that Falkirk Council has implemented virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to provide workplace flexibility and mobility for over 2,000 staff and to enable it to assess and rationalise its whole office estate to make better use of its building assets.
Falkirk Council Introduces VDI and IGEL to Deliver Workplace Flexibility and Mobility for Over 2,000 Staff
…£250,000 per annum saved as a rolling desktop PC replacement programme isn’t required…
Reading, UK. March 27, 2019 – IGEL, a world leader in software-defined endpoint optimisation and control solutions for the secure enterprise, today announced that Falkirk Council has implemented virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to provide workplace flexibility and mobility for over 2,000 staff and to enable it to assess and rationalise its whole office estate to make better use of its building assets.
In addition, VDI is allowing the Council to meet its Public Service Network (PSN) compliance obligations and shift away from a continuous desktop replacement programme, which was costing around £250,000 every year.
Located in central Scotland within half an hour of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Falkirk Council provides a diverse and wide range of services to over 160,000 residents including bin collection, education, home care, planning application services, social housing, fostering and adoption services and roads maintenance. The council serves the largest towns in the area such as Falkirk, Bo’ness, Denny, Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Grangemouth – Scotland’s premier port and home to its only major oil refinery.
Falkirk Council has deployed Citrix Workspace as its VDI, mobile device and application management solution, along with 600 IGEL multimedia UD3 and 100 powerful quad core UD6 endpoints in addition to 1,000 IGEL Universal Desktop Convertor (UDC) software licences. Supplied by I-KONIC, an IT solutions provider and IGEL partner based in Glasgow, this has put in place a flexible, easy-to-manage and cost-effective solution to support the future development of the organisation.
Tommy Evans, Falkirk Council’s project lead for mobile and flexible working, explains, “Although it might sound cliché, moving from traditional PCs to thin client technology has genuinely been a paradigm shift for us. Along with mobile devices and iPads, staff aren’t now tied to a particular desk. They just login from any IGELdevice and are presented with Microsoft Office and applications tailored to their specific job role. We’re trying to change the mindset of employees to make work an activity, not just somewhere you go from 9-5. We’re empowering our staff to work anytime anywhere, even from home so they benefit from a good work-life balance.”
This is a huge cultural change for the Council and is allowing it to introduce flexible and remote working whilst ensuring availability of services to residents. Evans adds, “Even if there’s a snowstorm and people can’t get to an office, they can still login in and work as normal. VDI is also allowing us to review the buildings we currently have and exit old properties to lower our operational expenditure – helping towards making savings, which we hope will contribute to the approximately £60 million worth of savings which have to be made by 2023.”
Falkirk, Scotland – May 19, 2018: People walking around the Kelpies, famous sculptures of horse heads, public art by Andy Scott in Helix park near Forth and Clyde canal Falkirk
Re-using existing IT infrastructure ‘sweats’ assets longer and saves precious budget
After a series of proof of concept tests with all well-known thin client vendors, IGEL was selected. This was for a variety of reasons:
IGEL was the only supplier offering a software approach to managing desktops as opposed to just selling hardware. IGEL’s UDC software was particularly attractive as it has allowed Falkirk Council to turn its existing Windows-based HP PC desktops into IGEL Linux endpoints to not only facilitate easy management, but to also extend the life of the hardware. Clearly this saves a huge amount of money given the hundreds of PCs involved.
IGEL’s Universal Management Suite (UMS) means that the whole UD3, UD6 and UDC environment can be centrally managed with IT staff able to shadow desktops to offer fast helpdesk support.
Compared to PCs, the IGEL UD3 and UD6 endpoints are quiet, produce less heat and are energy efficient. They come with an auto shut down feature too and turn off when not in use.
Security has been maximised. The IGEL endpoints are controlled by the UMS with the IGEL Linux OS ‘read only’. This means staff themselves cannot make changes to the endpoints locally or introduce security vulnerabilities as the desktop environment is ‘locked down.’
VDI simplifies desktop management across multiple locations
The use of Citrix Workspace means that the challenges and overhead of managing thousands of PCs across various buildings has been removed. Software updates are easily made as data and applications are all held centrally such that IT staff don’t have to traipse around machines updating things individually. Changes made in the datacenter automatically populate the connected IGEL desktops. This is key as PSN compliance requires councils to carefully manage the release dates of all key applications in use, such as Microsoft Office, and only be two versions behind the latest.
In addition, startup is now super-fast and takes seconds rather than minutes as was the case when PCs were used. Clearly this boosts staff productivity and avoids people wasting time as they wait for their desktops to ‘boot up.’
Furthermore, hardware maintenance has been drastically simplified as IGEL devices have no moving parts such as hard drives and fans.
The Citrix Workspace solution is powered by HPE server infrastructure. The Citrix control layer is hosted on two HiveIO hyperconverged clusters for availability, each consisting of four HP ProLiant DL360 servers with the Citrix XenServer hypervisor. All virtual desktop workloads run from HPE Enterprise Moonshot System which is populated with 90 server cartridges across two chassis to deliver optimised performance. In total the council has invested around £1.8 million to completely transition away from PCs and put in place a much more modern, flexible and easy to manage desktop solution which – in the long term – is more cost effective.
Sean Russell, I-KONIC’s managing director, says, “As a Scottish-based IGEL partner and Citrix Gold Solution Advisor, it’s tremendously exciting to support Falkirk Council as they embrace virtual desktop and workspace technologies to boost efficiency and increase productivity. Our longstanding partnership with Falkirk Council, IGEL and Citrix goes from strength to strength with this transformation project. The never-ending rolling replacement of PCs has become a thing of the past, and users are able to access their applications and information from virtually anywhere.”
Moving forward, Falkirk Council is reviewing its office requirements. Evans concludes, “One thing that is particularly pleasing about the project is how the council has used technology to save money whilst giving staff tools to work more efficiently and effectively. We’re looking very carefully now at how we can release building assets through the use of Citrix and IGEL.”
Andrew Gee, IGEL’s VP Sales Northern Europe, says, “With all UK councils hit by budgets cuts, UDC is a smart way for them to save money and extend the life of any x86-based PC or laptop by converting them into an IGEL endpoint. It avoids perfectly good technology being thrown away. And it’s quick and simple to do with almost any device and then easy to manage using our UMS software.”
IGEL is the world leader in providing software-defined endpoint optimization and control solutions for cloud and virtualized workspaces. The company’s world-leading software products include the IGEL OS™, IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions comprise a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform across nearly any x86 device. Easily acquired via just two feature-rich software offerings, — Workspace Edition and Enterprise Management Pack — IGEL software presents outstanding value per Investment. Additionally, IGEL’s German engineered endpoint solutions deliver the industry’s best warranty (5 years), support (3 years after end of life) and management functionality. IGEL enables enterprises to save vast amounts of money by extending the useful life of their existing endpoint devices while precisely controlling all devices running IGEL OS as well as Windows OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit www.igel.com.
On behalf of Varian Medical Systems (VMS) the VIT-Infra team pleased to reach out to your firm regarding a new potential business opportunity.
VIT- Infra team seeks a preferred Supplier to provide a Proposal for Thin Client Endpoints Supporting VMware Workspace One Horizon Platform.
You’ll find further details outlining the proposed business scope in the attached RFI/RFP document.
Please note, while we believe the above timeline is intentionally generous, it is expected all Bidders can meets date targets.
further note, all communications are instructed to go through [email protected]. In the interest of complete fair play and equality, we request no communications are to go to Varian’s VIT-Infra team or any members of the team to this particular RFP effort.
Again, on behalf of the entire Varian’s VIT-infra team, we thank you for your interest in providing services to Varian and welcome your involvement in this RFI/RFP opportunity.
Organizations today looking at secure and efficient access to VDI environments both from on-prem as well as from mobile clients may be looking at a mixture of solutions and hardware devices that can solve the needs of VDI connectivity across the board. This can lead to a mix of solutions and management challenges. Lifecycle management of end user workstations is certainly one of the challenges faced by organizations with the tremendous capital outlay required to rotate out end user workstations. Workstations are replaced for a number of reasons including end of support contracts or a performance profile that is no longer adequate to power current end user applications. Businesses today may be looking at VDI initiatives where they may look to replace end user workstations with thin client devices. Businesses who already have VDI infrastructure or who are looking to make the transition also need to consider mobile connectivity to backend VDI systems. How can existing laptop devices be effectively utilized securely and efficiently as thin client devices?
What if organizations had a single solution that allowed provisioning mobile thin clients quickly and easily from existing laptops, greatly extended the life of end user workstations, improved the performance and security profiles, and negated the need to completely replace end user workstations for connecting to VDI infrastructure? This may sound too good to be true, however, this is just what Praim’s ThinOX4PC product allows businesses to accomplish with a single solution. Let’s take a closer look into Praim ThinOX4PC and how it allows organizations to accomplish thin client initiatives both in desktop/PC form as well as mobile thin clients.
What is Praim ThinOX4PC?
ThinOX4PC is the Praim software solution that is designed from the ground up to extend the life of your PC and transform it into a powerful and secure thin client solution. Additionally, powerful mobile thin client devices can be provisioned with existing laptop devices quickly and easily. ThinOX4PC enables doing this by installing the Linux-based operating system on the client or by booting the client with the “Live” version of ThinOX4PC. This enables organizations to have a fully functioning thin client device, either stationary or mobile, that is able to extend hardware service life as well as transition over to a VDI environment to support organizations migration plans as well as mobile workforce.
The ThinOX4PC software is supported on a wide range of hardware including:
ThinOX4PC (and also the Live version) will support x86 processor type (not ARM).
Certified Ethernet Adapter:
Certified Graphics Card:
Intel NVIDIA GEFORCE 210. The VID:PID of the card should be 10de:0a65.
VESA (is used as generic driver if the video card is not recognized)
Certified WiFi Adapter:
Certified disks type:
The hardware above is tested by Praim. Nevertheless, ThinOX4PC supports a much wider range of hardware. If anyone tested Praim software and it wasn’t compatible with their hardware, they are kindly asked to contact Praim.
Quickly and Easily Provision Mobile Laptop Thin Clients
Praim ThinOX4PC not only allows businesses to satisfy desktop/PC thin client use cases, it also allows for quickly and easily provisioning mobile thin clients by making use of existing laptop infrastructure. The same installable or live boot environment can be used with laptops to turn these into powerful mobile thin clients. ThinOX4PC can be installed directly on the laptop hard drive if needed. However, the “Live” boot environment used in conjunction with a laptop device can allow a laptop to serve the dual purpose of both mobile Windows or Linux platforms as well as a secure and efficient way to safely access VDI environments. Once an end user completes any VDI connectivity reliant work processes, the live boot USB device can be removed and the laptop can be booted normally into the existing locally installed Windows or Linux instance.
Additionally, ThinOX4PC allows organizations to make use of virtually any laptop vendor or configuration and not be relegated to a specific hardware vendor to provide secure, uniform VDI access. This allows organizations to have a very cost-effective option for filling this very real business need of secure, mobile access to backend VDI environments all without the need to purchase new hardware.
ThinOX4PC a Cost-Effective Solution for Thin Clients
One of the tremendous challenges to organizations moving client access to VDI environments is the large capital expense that may be budgeted for refreshing end user client devices. Many organizations may think they need to get rid of “fat client” workstations running Windows client operating systems. However, organizations can use ThinOX4PC and keep existing workstations without the need for replacing existing hardware with new thin clients. While cheaper than a full blown physical workstation, thin client devices can be considerably expensive. It is a hard expense to swallow for organizations to get rid of existing hardware that may still be powerful and purchase new thin client devices when existing hardware can be utilized to make the connection to the backend VDI environment. With a much cheaper ThinOX4PC license, organizations can simply reuse existing hardware, extending the life of their investment and still allow connecting to next generation VDI infrastructure.
Utilizing ThinOX4PC allows organizations a powerful management solution when utilized with Praim ThinMan Server. ThinMan brings configuration management, automation, and an overall “single pane of glass” management platform for all end user clients. This allows organizations to have a streamlined management tool they otherwise would not have with a workstation or PC environment. The return on the hardware investment is much greater with ThinOX4PC and ThinMan server.
Installing or Running Praim ThinOX4PC
As mentioned earlier, there are a couple of ways that ThinOX4PC can be utilized on a workstation/PC. The thin client software can either be installed which means the contents of the existing hard drive will be erased. Alternatively, ThinOX4PC can be ran in the “Live” mode, which means the software is simply booted from a USB key and loaded in memory that way. The existing contents of hard drive will not be overwritten using this method. This essentially makes the PC serve either purpose. With a quick boo off the USB key, the PC becomes a powerful thin client. Eject the USB key and reboot, and the workstation boots from the existing Windows installation.
You can download a trial version of the ThinOX4PC software from the Praim website. It is extremely easy to get the Live USB key created which allows either installing the thin client software or booting the live environment.