Thin-Client Vendor Wyse Releases PocketCloud for iPad

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Wyse is offering PocketCloud for the iPad, enabling delivery of a desktop virtualization client to the consumer device. Available via the App Store, PocketCloud supports VMware View 4, enabling PC-over-IP protocol, which can deliver the user's desktop PC experience to the iPad device. Citrix is offering a similar desktop virtualization app for the iPad.

Touch-screen technology may be slow to arrive in the enterprise, according to analyst firm Gartner, but that doesn’t mean that IT solution providers don’t have to worry about it right now.

That’s because more consumers are using their personal devices—smartphones, iPhones, personal computers, netbooks and tablet computers—for business and work. According to a Gartner survey of IT organizations, 10 percent say their workers are using personal computers as their primary business PCs

And while the multitouch Apple iPad device is considered a consumer product, there are plenty of business-type applications that have been released for it already.  

Add Wyse to the list of vendors writing business apps for iPad too. The thin-client technology giant, which sells exclusively through channel partners, has announced a PocketCloud Client Virtualization App for the iPad, a follow-on from PocketCloud for iPhone.

The virtualized client—rewritten to take advantage of the iPad’s faster processor and high-resolution, bigger screen—provides users with support for VMware-based desktop virtualization, VMware View 4 (which offers PC-over-IP), an enhanced user experience via the new Wyse Touch Pointer, additional audio features, plus a custom keyboard with function and shortcut keys.

"The goal at Wyse is to allow our customers to access any document or file from any device," said Daniel Barreto, chief software architect for Wyse, in a statement. "The PocketCloud App has been a great addition to our offerings and we're delighted to be supporting iPad at launch.

"…  We expect the adoption of iPad to be yet another reason for businesses and consumers to abandon their PCs," he added.

Other PocketCloud features include:

  • iPad native full-resolution support
  • Enhanced multitouch interface for the iPad
  • Up to 50 percent greater speed on the iPad
  • International Keyboard support including Japanese keyboard support
  • Multiline text entry with iPhone's copy/paste capability
  • Remote app scrolling (within MS Word or PowerPoint)
  • PocketCloud Windows Companion, which now supports 64-bit operating systems on the host

The PocketCloud App for iPad is available for $29.99 from the App Store on iPad. Wyse said that PocketCloud users who also purchase the iPad will have universal access across iPod Touch and iPhone at no additional cost.

Wyse PocketCloud is compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch and iPad. It connects to Microsoft Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate, Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista Business and Remote Desktop Services and Terminal Services features in Windows Server products.

VMware rival Citrix also recently announced a virtualized desktop client for the iPad, enabling users to connect to their Windows 7 PCs from their Apple iPad devices.

Gartner this week said it predicts that fewer than 10 percent of PCs sold to enterprises in 2015 for mainstream knowledge workers will include touch-screen capabilities. However, by 2015 the firm expects more than 50 percent of PCs bought for users under 15 years old will have touch screens, up from fewer than 2 percent in 2009.

Gartner predicted that touch-enabled devices will have slow adoption in the enterprise, due to heavy requirements for typing and text input, and the "muscle memory" of mouse users.  

The firm predicts that consumers and education will be the earliest adopters of touch-enabled PCs and notebooks. A key target usage for the next wave of tablets will be media content consumption including video, newspapers and ebooks.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com