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Thin-client giant Wyse gobbled by Dell

PC and server maker Dell never made a machine that needed a dumb terminal, but it does make servers that could end up driving the 21st century equivalent: the thin client served up a virtual desktop over the internet. That is why Dell has shelled out an undisclosed sum to snap up Wyse Technologies, the volume shipper of thin …
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Thin-client firm offers fat margins

A German maker of thin-client hardware has set up shop in the UK. Called IGEL Technology, the company has hired Simon Richards, previously at Wyse, to build a channel-only business here. Apparently, the UK is the biggest thin-client market in Europe and server-based computer sales are growing at a lick, according to IDC. IGEL …
Team Register, 11 Jan 2006

HP confesses love for Citrix with mobile thin client

Like a good partner, HP has rolled out some thin client/virtual desktop bits and pieces this week to complement Citrix's Synergy conference taking place in Houston. HP issued a massive press release to back up what's a relatively short set of announcements. For one, the company is shipping a new mobile thin client device called …
Ashlee Vance, 19 May 2008

VIA to push thin-client concept at big business

Computex 2006 VIA is to launch a marketing programme that hopes to persuade big business it needs thin-client PCs rather than full-spec desktop systems. Dubbed the Connected Client Initiative (CCI), the scheme will be launched in Taipei later this week. VIA's pitch is that thin clients are ideally suited to slot into server-hosted "software …
Tony Smith, 05 Jun 2006
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Microsoft aims thin clients at the classroom

Updated With today's talk of application and desktop virtualization, it's easy to forget there's another, older way to deliver software in a controlled way to resource-constrained PCs: thin-clients. You remember thin client computing: Citirx, Microsoft's Citrix-backed Windows Terminal Services, Sun Microsystems' Sun Ray, and Tarantella …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2010
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Virtually yours: Microsoft unveils Windows-as-a-service

Microsoft has uncanned its desktop-a-service, giving mobile users a preview edition of Windows apps on the go. The software giant yesterday announced the pilot of Azure RemoteApp, previously codenamed Mohoro. It was announced in a slew of news from at the company's TechEd North America conference in Houston, Texas. The Azure …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014
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Dell's PC-on-a-stick landing in July: report

Dell's project Ophelia, an Android-PC-on-a-stick effort revealed at CES last January, is apparently set to debut in July. PC World brings us news that Dell will bring the product to the world in a few short weeks at around $US100. The idea behind the device is to offer user a very lightweight client device that users can chuck …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2013
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Startup makes thin clients look chubby

VMworld This week's VMworld conference in San Francisco was the coming-out party for the thinnest thin client we've ever encountered, a sub-pint-sized desktop appliance from Pano Logic of Menlo Park, California. Actually, according to the company's EVP of engineering Parmeet Chaddha, thin client - even emaciated client - isn't the …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Sep 2009
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Thin clients catch VDI for VMware access

Server-based computing schemes such as Citrix and Windows Terminal Server now have a serious rival in the shape of VDI, claimed German thin client developer IGEL Technology, as it added VDI support to its desktop devices. VDI, or virtual device infrastructure, is a relatively new scheme pushed by VMware, among others. It runs …
Bryan Betts, 05 Jul 2007
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Ultra-thin client to close digital divide

A group of not-for-profit developers, called Ndiyo (Swahili for "yes"), has announced an ultra-thin-client system which, it says, could make computing available to billions more people across the planet. The Nivo (network in, video out) box is a sub-£100, ultra-ultra-thin client that can be networked along with several others …
Lucy Sherriff, 03 May 2005

Suppliers given sight of '£6bn' hardware framework at last

A group of professional buyers for government have given hardware and software suppliers the heads-up on an overarching public sector procurement vehicle - and it estimates that to be worth up to £6bn. Details of the IT Products, Associated Services and Solutions (IT PASS), were leaked to us last month, but suppliers were …
Paul Kunert, 06 Dec 2013
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Microsoft stripping Windows for thin clients

Microsoft is readying two stripped-down versions of Windows for thin client computers. The idea is that people will use the new versions to resurrect older PCs, according to reports. The software is apparently based on XP and aims to give the benefits of thin client computing along with Microsoft management tools. The two " …
John Oates, 19 Apr 2005
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Image-conscious IBM wants to service thin clients

Without a PC albatross hanging around its neck, IBM can now zero in on the thin client market. Big Blue this week rolled out a fresh services package to do just that by helping customers move away from their tubby PCs toward "virtualized" setups that include thin clients, servers and a wide variety of software. The Virtual …
Ashlee Vance, 01 Nov 2006

Oh, a Wyse guy, eh? Why I oughta make you Nexenta's new CEO

ZFS-storage software supplier Nexenta has changed its CEO for the second time in eight months, going for a popular exec from the ranks of IT's great and good: Tarkan Maner. Nexenta, which provides the Open Solaris and ZFS-based NexentaStor software storage OS, positions itself as the software-only answer to vendors who fear the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2013
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NEC adds VoIP to thin clients

Why provide thin clients only with remote access to applications, when you can give them a full VoIP-enabled Windows XP environment on which to run standard PC software? That's the question posed by NEC with its Virtual PC Centre, or VPCC, which combines thin clients with VMware and VoIP. The company claimed that its converged …
Bryan Betts, 10 Nov 2006
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Corporate computing going thin to go green?

MP Alan Whitehead reckons it is not unfair to compare the computer industry to the airline business: all efforts are focused on the end user experience, he argues, without heed being paid to the effect the business has on the planet. Planes get faster and more comfortable (we can only assume he is travelling first class, …
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Oct 2007

Euro PC shipments plummet into bottomless pit of DOOOOM

PC shipments in Western Europe declined for the 11th quarter in a row, and suffered the steepest drop on record in the first three months of 2013. That's according to market watchers at Gartner. Some 12.3 million desktops and notebooks found a home during Q1 of this year - those platforms are not completely dead - but this …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2013
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Dell forges GPU-enriched virty rack workstation

Like everyone else on the planet, you want a rocketsled to do your work. The faster, the better. But if Dell has its way, it may not be on top of or underneath your desk, but sitting in a rack in a data center. And it may not be a rocketsled as much as a rocketbus, with multiple people using it at the same time. Virtualization …

Bromium launches security-through-virtualisation tech in the UK

Bromium has arrived as a sales force in the UK market with its strategy for making desktop computers secure using virtualisation technology. The firm, which already employs a R&D/engineering team in Cambridge, has now added sales and support operations for the UK and wider European market. It's also looking to recruit channel …
John Leyden, 14 Mar 2013
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Take a deep breath: This is THE year of 'end-user computing'

Comment What exactly is end-user computing (EUC)? There are so many different definitions that even vendors can’t agree on a single version of the truth. These range from VDI technology to file sharing across multiple devices to platforms that let you access cloud-based apps. What is clear is that just like cloud computing, …
Tim Ayling, 29 Apr 2013
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Suppliers get a shot at £4bn worth of gov hardware deals

The Government Procurement Service has advertised for suppliers to join a wide-ranging £4bn ICT framework. The framework will be open to public sector organisations for two years, according to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, and covers the following lots: Desktop client devices: which will include …
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Dell's server, net bizzes do well, but PCs slammed as expected

If Michael Dell and his partners had hoped to turn in a bad quarter to help justify the relatively low price the Dell & Friends consortium wants to pay to take the IT giant private, Dell's sales force in the enterprise server, networking, and services units did not do their part to help. The PC business did – but not as much as …
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New £4bn UK.gov IT shopping centre slips launch deadline

Exclusive Bosses have been told whether or not their businesses have provisionally made it onto a new list of approved IT suppliers for Blighty's public sector - and resellers feature heavily. The three-year IT Hardware and Services (ITH&S) framework offers £4bn in work and sales, and will - after delays - eventually replace ESPO Contract …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2012
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Cisco VXI turns virty desktops into server sales

Cisco Systems has been looking for a killer app that will sell its "California" Unified Computing Systems and, after a year of selling preconfigured systems running XenDesktop with Citrix Systems, the company reckons that virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) just might be the ticket to expanding Cisco's presence in the data …
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Microsoft drops Windows desktop virtualization pair

Microsoft is prolonging the life of Windows XP apps with the latest release of its MED-V desktop virtualization software. MED-V is pitched by Microsoft as something to help customers migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7, letting Windows XP apps run in the new operating system environment. Version 2.0 – released Thursday for …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2011
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Public sector IT buyers 'hogtied by mess of red tape'

Blighty's public sector IT bean counters face a bewildering mess of overlapping tech purchasing bureaucracy, channel sources have warned. Three wide-reaching frameworks that direct government tech spending will end up running in parallel into next spring, potentially confusing purse holders. Of the three schemes, one is the £ …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012
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Applied desktop virtualisation: Reg readers speak

Survey results In November 2010, we polled Register readers to find out where you lot are at with desktop virtualisation. Some 192 IT pros, mostly from the UK and the US, completed a big survey, which was framed by The Register's research partner Freeform Dynamics and sponsored by Microsoft. The findings are in and fully crunched and so we …
Team Register, 22 Feb 2011
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VMware lets Apple fondleslabs tickle Windows VDI

Hot on the heels of a new 4.6 release of its View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), launched last week, VMware is allowing a new client to reach back across the internet or internal corporate networks to use server-based Windows desktops: Apple's iPad and impending iPad 2 fondleslabs. Like the Windows, Linux, MacOS, and thin …
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IBM puts virtual desktops in the sky

IBM's web services cloud is rolling into the virtual desktop biz this October. The company unfurled plans this week for its IBM Smart Business Desktop, a new subscription service aimed at large and mid-sized companies that hosts employee desktops from an IBM data center in either North Carolina or Germany. IBM's idea behind …
Austin Modine, 03 Sep 2009
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VMware sees Mirage, buys up company

Virtualization juggernaut VMware gobbled up four year old VDI vendor Wanova today, giving the virtualization juggernaut another weapon to fire at Citrix. VMware pretty much still owns the x86 virtualization racket among enterprise IT shops, despite heroic efforts to dislodge it by Microsoft, Citrix Systems, and Red Hat, but the …
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Microsoft's Hyper-V 3.0 coming to Windows 8?

Microsoft is slipping its Hyper-V virtualization software into the forthcoming Windows 8, according to a report. WindowsNow.com blogger Robert McLaws writes that he has uncovered code for Hyper-V version 3.0 in a leaked, early build of the Windows 8 code base. McLaws has spotted a number of enhancements in Microsoft's …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jun 2011
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Virtual servers and economic gloom boost Wyse Technology's message

Comment The recession is an opportunity for some. Wyse reckons it can boost its thin client business by pushing its thin client server running as a virtual machine overcoming Windows thin client inadequacies. Replacing desktop PCs is the traditional Wyse story, now with added server virtualisation aspects and extra relevance because …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2008
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MokaFive's VDI bares it all

Virtual desktop infrastructure upstart MokaFive – which has the audacity to do VDI mostly on the client with only out-of-band management residing on central servers – has delivered its bare-metal hypervisor for its MokaFive Suite 3.0, augmenting hosted VDI that it has been selling for more than two years. The MokaFive BareMetal …
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Windows 7 eclipsed by Server 2008 in debut service pack

Microsoft TechEd Microsoft has unveiled a debut service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Typically, it's Windows 7 that gets the most marketing love, but this time around, it's the server workhorse that's getting the attention. Microsoft has opened its annual TechEd conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, saying that SP 1 will hit …
Tim Anderson, 07 Jun 2010
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AMD targets tablets and cloudbooks in Intel showdown

Computex Devices that combine the power of a notebook with features of a tablet were one of the themes of last week's gadget-fest, Computex 2011 in Taiwan. Intel is pushing its new "ultrabook" concept, and the stage is set for the mobile PC market to split into three emerging form factors: touchscreen tablets; a new wave of more …
Wireless Watch, 04 Jun 2011
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Who will rid me of these obsolete PCs?

I never would have believed that getting rid of one’s old computer gear could be the harder side of upgrades – until early last year when I bought a set of Wyse thin clients to replace an aging and mismatched desktop fleet. I briefly toyed with the idea of making some form of Franken-Beowulf-cluster out of the 40 or so working …
Trevor Pott, 04 Jan 2011
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IBM shrinks virtual desktop storage

IBM is adding a space-efficient virtual desktop image storage capability to its thin client Virtual Infrastructure Access (VIA) services today, as part of its addition of VMware virtual desktops to existing support for Windows, Unix, and Linux, and mainframe application access. VIA, announced in February this year, is a managed …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2008
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Windows-like flaw hits Citrix

A flaw in Citrix's Presentation Server Client creates a means for hackers to compromise machines running the popular thin-client application. The vulnerability stems from an unspecified bug involving support for Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) connections through a proxy server. ICA is an application server protocol …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2007
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IBM sued over failed virtual PC server projects

IBM's Systems and Technology Group finds itself at the center of controversy again, this time as it is being sued by one of its Big Blue's partners, Devon IT, for allegedly running what the thin client maker calls "a wide-spread Ponzi scheme" over a period of five years. In the complaint, which you can read here and which was …
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MokaFive does VDI for Windows 7

MokaFive is offering an alternative to the pain and expense of migrating corporate desktops to Windows 7 with with release 3.0 of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) MokaFive Suite. Companies with aging PCs have to do something to bring their machines up to date, and MokaFive, a relative newcomer to the VDI space, is hoping …
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Windows Vista license change tackles virtualization

Microsoft has updated Windows Vista licensing for centralized and thin-client computing, as virtualization offers users a chance to cut their software and hardware costs. Customers using Windows Vista Enterprise Edition, and paying through Microsoft’s Software Assurance (SA) maintenance program, now have two new license options …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2007
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O/S bloat: What's the cure?

Comment It is becoming increasingly obvious that a virtual server wastes great chunks of its memory occupied by the operating system wrappers around the applications in the virtual machines (VM) running in the physical server. If each VM occupies 50MB, and 20MB of that is the Windows O/S, then around 40 per cent of the servers's DRAM …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2009
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Citrix nabs Kaviza for skinny VDI

Citrix Systems has acquired Kaviza. a two-year-old startup with expertise in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) virtualization for Windows desktops. Kaviza was founded by some techies out of HP Labs, and Citrix was its Series A venture funding partner. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The deal comes just …
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Wyse changes ownership, appoints new boss

Wyse, the veteran thin client hardware maker, is now owned mostly by a California private equity firm, which has bought “a controlling stake” in the company for $35m. As Wyse has a turnover of $175m, the purchase price for this unspecified stake appears to be on the thin side too, perhaps reflecting a less than sunny outlook …
Team Register, 14 Apr 2005
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Citrix buys stake in virtual desktopper

Citrix Systems has just bought a little insurance in its ongoing battle against VMware and others over virtualizing corporate desktops by investing in a startup called Kaviza. The economic meltdown and the transition to Windows 7 on the desktop have all vendors of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products all rubbing their …
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Google revives ‘network computer’ with dual-OS assault on MS

One of the great ironies of this year is that Google and Oracle – now owner of Sun and Java – are locked in legal combat. The irony stems from the fact that, even as they bicker, the concept they did more than anyone else to create is back in the limelight. This is what we used to call the thin client, which then morphed into …
Wireless Watch, 13 Dec 2010
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Red Hat buys Qumranet, sidesteps Microsoft

Red Hat has bought Qumranet, the company behind KVM virtualisation technology, for about $107m in cash. The acquisition means open source software giant Red Hat will be able to offer a virtualised platform to Windows desktop customers without having to play nice with Microsoft. Qumranet birthed SolidICE, the firm's take on …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2008

Matrox ships four-panel display card

Matrox has begun shipping its four-screen graphics adaptor. The part is pitched at back-to-basics PCs that act as display and input terminals for apps running on a server. It expects the device to appeal to trading rooms and other financial institutions that favour multi-screen rigs. matrox epica tc2 thin-client multi-monitor …
Tony Smith, 21 Jun 2006
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Citrix boosts seat count for XenDesktop

How many virtual desktops can you support on a server using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology? Not enough for people to do it. But the new XenDesktop from Citrix Systems could change this. The idea of running desktop applications back on host machines controlled and supported by the IT department is not new. Citrix …

HP launches virtualization armada

Hewlett-Packard is launching a fleet of virtualization products today, including four new thin-client PCs, a StorageWorks virtualization blade, an enterprise storage package, updates to HP-UX, and plenty of service offerings. Plus, the hardware vendor is backing this virtualization push with some research. A recent survey claims …
Austin Modine, 03 Sep 2008

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