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IGEL Offers Free Preview Release of IGEL Linux 10

Delivering New Performance, Security and Device Compatibility, IGEL Linux 10 is Available as a “Sneak Preview” through Nov. 30, 2016 Reading UK. Nov. 2, 2016 – IGEL, a world leader in the delivery of powerful workspace management software, IGEL™ Linux-powered thin clients, zero clients and all-in-one thin client solutions, today announced availability of a preview release of the… Read More »

VXL Software’s new Fusion EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) agent now supports the latest Android Nougat (7.0) OS

Manchester, United Kingdom – Leading developer of software and hardware solutions, VXL, today announces the release of its new Fusion EMM agent update that supports the latest Android Nougat (7.0) operating system. Ensuring all Android mobile devices are optimized for both work and personal use, this new Google release comes with some notable updates to the operating system… Read More »

VXL Software’s Fusion EMM to cut the cost of mobility management

VXL Software’s Fusion EMM to cut the cost of mobility management  Manchester, United Kingdom Leading developer of software and hardware solutions, VXL, has today released Fusion EMM (enterprise mobility management), the company’s latest product – offering mobile device management for Android and iOS devices. Android- and iOS-based devices comprise just over 99% of the world market for smartphones,… Read More »

Why client-server must die

Old models of computing always tend to linger too long, but client-server was based on a fallacy — and needs to go away sooner rather than later

Source: www.infoworld.com

I write this week from IBM’s Insight conference in Las Vegas. A former InfoWorld editor in chief, Stewart Alsop, predicted that the last mainframe would be unplugged in 1996. This week I’ll attend a session where IBM runs Apache Spark on a mainframe, even as the mighty beast’s luster finally fades.


InfoWorld Mobile Security Deep DiveMobile security: The InfoWorld Deep DiveThis guide, available in both PDF and ePub editions, explains the security capabilities inherent toREAD NOWI’m going to the Spark-on-the-mainframe session for the lolz. IBM loves its mainframes because they sustain one of the few noncompetitive hardware businesses in existence, where IBM can make nearly a 50 percent margin.

The mainframe business is also one of the only legitimate areas of computing where you’ll see ©1980 on the startup screen. Client-server computing does not depend on specific hardware. Instead, it’s simply a computing model that has evolved under various hardware and network constraints.

I’m sure we — that is, me and the LinkedIn or Twitter spheres — can quibble over the definition of client-server versus the model I’ll call “purely distributed.” So allow me to define client-server as one or more clients connected to a server listening on a pool or set of sockets that mainly scales vertically and usually has a central data store. This is the model of the LAN.

I’ll define the distributed model as N-clients or peers connected to a mesh of N servers that mainly scale horizontally and use a data store or stores that also shard and distribute processing. This model is built to tolerate failure and demand spikes, enabling you to add more nodes (often linearly) and relocate infrastructure at will. This is the model of the cloud.

The power of this more distributed model goes beyond purely scaling up to include scaling down. This is important because of one of the implied fallacies of client-server was that workloads are predictable.

From the start this has failed to be true. In the distant past, I’ve administered systems that were rendered useless for all other purposes during EoM reporting, then saw only light use throughout the rest of the month. Ironically, this same fallacy is also why mainframe TPC studies are nonsense. Remember when Slashdot was your browser home page and mere mention of your site caused an outage due to a spike in traffic called the Slashdot effect?

The whole Internet is like that now.

Have you ever tried to set up a test database for a large, existing, Oracle-based project? You need to be able to scale up for unpredictable Internet-age data traffic and usage patterns, but you need to scale down to conserve resources (read: massive Amazon bill) and adapt nimbly (not to mention to test the project on your laptop).

Workloads keep getting more unpredictable and in many cases more voluminous. Moreover, our expectations have increased. Waiting isn’t really acceptable, and outages in the age of Google are considered major professional failures. Competition in many areas is fierce and global, while regulations have more bite (at least until President Trump takes office).

Our client-server systems won’t scale to real-time demands. They are not resilient and, in many cases, cloud-ready. Meanwhile, it has become much, much easier to write distributed systems. It takes no time to deploy a few MongoDB instances compared to Oracle or even SQL Server. Spark has a supersimple API. NodeJS lends itself nicely to writing event-driven resilient distributed systems; plus, they’re all easier to use than their predecessors.

Naysayers will point out that these new technologies have relatively small market penetration, but in truth, it’s growing. Some say a technology dies when its developers retire. You may have to pry Oracle out of those PL/SQL developers’ cold dead hands, but it will happen. Today, millennials tend to feel more comfortable with MongoDB than even MySQL.

The client-server era will die in the cloud. In 20 years, as I start to eye retirement, no new client server systems will be put into place for normal business use outside of very specialized areas. The new stuff is simply too much better. It doesn’t require a specific deployment model, it’s easier and cheaper, and it fits the expectations and use cases of the modem business world.

Will the last client-server system be unplugged in 20 years? No — some sectors of business aren’t growing very fast, are protected from competition, or aren’t facing new regulations, nor do they need to write or buy much new software. They’ll run what they have until the cows come home.

However, we as an industry don’t care too much about them because they don’t pay our bills. Instead, we hope they all get Ubered.

VXL takes market-leading position in thin-client solutions for Quick-Service Restaurants (QSRs)

Press Release – VXL Thin Client Solution for QSRs Manchester, UK – VXL Instruments, worldwide leader in cloud-computing technologies and manufacturer of world-class thin-client devices, announces that, by sales, it is now the market leader in the QSR (Quick-Service Restaurant) sector/market. Established for over 35 years, VXL is a leading computing-solutions provider to the QSR industry. VXL provides… Read More »

Thin Client – VXL launches its industry-leading Gio 6 Linux operating system for its thin, cloud and zero client desktop line-up

Developed and designed exclusively in-house, VXL’s new, industry- leading Gio 6 Linux operating system features a new look, user-friendly design together with greater flexibility, connectivity, security and multimedia capabilities. Ideal for mainstream SMB and enterprise use, VXL’s quick boot Gio 6 is one of our most reliable and robust embedded Linux operating systems to date and is based… Read More »

Zero Thin Client – 10ZiG Offer Buyback Program for Tera1 Zero Clients

10ZiG offer Buyback Incentive to all Tera1 users looking to upgrade to Tera2. Leicester, UK – 10ZiG Technology today announced that its Board of Directors have approved a buyback program for existing Tera1 PCoIP Zero Client users when upgrading to 10ZiG Tera2 hardware. 10ZiG have opened this offer to their existing Tera1 customer base and ALL worldwide Tera1… Read More »

10ZiG Are Amongst the Fastest Growing Thin & Zero Client Leaders in the UK

10ZiG Technology Announces 63.2% Year-Over-Year Growth in Sales for 2014 Leicester, UK – UK based dedicated Thin and Zero Client manufacturer 10ZiG Technology Ltd have seen a 63.2% increase in year-over-year sales in 2014. The 10ZiG European Head Office has just experienced its busiest and most successful year in its 12 year history after expanding its presence across… Read More »

Thin client news – Systancia & IGEL virtualisation solution for desktop TCO

Systancia and IGEL Technology offer a virtualisation solution to optimise desktop Total Cost of Ownership 5th February 2015. Systancia and IGEL Technology have teamed-up to offer IT Departments a solution for managing and optimising desktops based on Systancia’s software solution AppliDis Fusion and IGEL Technology’s thin clients. Designed to ease the management of IGEL virtualised desktops, the solution… Read More »

Thin client news – VXL, legacy PC networks and CloudDesktop™

PRESS RELEASE Manchester, UK – For organisations looking to switch to a virtualised, cloud-computing environment, VXL’s new CloudDesktop™ PC repurposing software delivers a more viable solution to that of a legacy PC infrastructure. Having to continually invest in and provide support for an older business PC network can often become unsustainable for organisations. Combined with the existing investment… Read More »

High Performance Computing mit Thin Clients – IGEL stellt den UD6 mit Quad-Core-Prozessor vor

IGEL Technology hat heute seinen neuesten und gleichzeitig leistungsstärksten Thin Client vorgestellt. Der IGEL UD6 überzeugt durch einenbis zu 2,42 GHz schnellen Intel Celeron Quad-Core-Prozessor und einer üppigen Speicherausstattung. Dieses Hardware-Gerüst macht das neue Flaggschiff aus dem Hause IGEL zur ersten Wahl, wenn es um die Bewältigung anspruchsvollster Grafik-, 3D- oder Multimedia-Anwendungen geht und gleichzeitig alle Vorteile einer… Read More »

Thin Client & PC Battle for Desktop, Housing Association

Battle for the Desktop revealed in latest Housing Association Research  Thin and zero client technology stronger than ever but battling to win new converts Reading, UK. November 25th, 2014. The battle between PCs and thin clients on the desktops of UK Housing Associations is hotting up, according to the latest research published today. Thin and zero clients are… Read More »

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

Reading, UK. November 19th, 2014: IGEL Technology is extending its support for the Crisis at Christmas initiative to help London’s homeless over the festive period. This year 300 IGEL thin clients will be deployed at 10 schools and colleges used as Crisis Christmas Centres over the holiday. During the operation 8,000 Crisis charity volunteers across the country will… Read More »

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

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

Android Kiosk Self-Service

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

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

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