Wyse Brings Manageability

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It doesn’t matter if you call it PC-over-IP, zero footprint PC, zero-client computing or just plain dumb terminal computing, the computing endpoint is undergoing a major change. Virtual desktop infrastructure from Wyse Technology, Pano Logic and Teradici may soon eliminate conventional PCs.

Wyse is taking the thin-client, zero-client market seriously. The company offers many different solutions, ranging from reduced-client PCs for Citrix-based solutions to thin clients with processing power and operating systems ready to run hosted applications, to their latest entries in to the field—zero clients designed for VDI.

Wyse offers two desktop devices, the V00L and the V00LE. The V00L features an 800MHz Via processor, while the V00LE sports a 1200MHz Via Processor. Other than that, it is difficult to distinguish the two products from each other.

The real power behind Wyse’s offering comes from the company’s provisioning and management software, Wyse WSM. Wyse WSM is designed to deliver the OS and applications to zero clients in real time over standard LANs and WANs, including Windows 2000, Windows XP Embedded and Windows XP Professional. Wyse users need Wyse Device Manager, which is a software management suite used to manage zero clients (and thin clients) across a workgroup or enterprise.

Those looking to deliver robust zero-client solutions will need Wyse TCX, a group of software extensions that brings multimedia and rich PC support to zero clients. The combination of those three software components brings support for VMware’s VDM 2.0 connection-brokering functions, which creates a fully supported VMware VDI deployment.

In theory, all of this works together to create a managed zero-client environment, but Wyse makes it anything but easy. Wyse is hampered by too many components, integration requirements and confusing deployment information. Much of that could be solved by the company creating "bundles" that are geared toward deploying a zero-client solution. The mix-and-match approach, with additional items needed for multimedia support, makes for a solution that is both hard to sell and hard to deploy. Add to that the limited and outdated information offered on Wyse’s Website, and the company makes it difficult to conceptualize a zero-client solution and even more difficult to figure out pricing, ROI, and many other factors channel partners need to consider.

Those looking to go the Wyse zero-client route will need the backroom infrastructure to support the clients, including VMware’s ESX server, associated servers (or blades) and network backbone. Worth noting is that VMware is bundling Wyse TCX software with ESX server, which helps to reduce overall deployment costs.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com