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Dell delivers cloud streaming via plug-in HDMI gadget

Cliff Saran

Dell has started shipping its new plug-in cloud-computing device, which enables IT departments to provide a locked-down system. The gadget is built on a device no larger than a USB memory stick.

The arrival of the new device is one of the biggest announcements in Dell's desktop virtualisation strategy since it acquired Wyse in 2012.

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At the time of the acquisition, Wyse gave Dell a line of thin client products that enabled the supplier to compete against rival Hewlett Packard and expand the company’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offerings.

Previously titled Project Ophelia, the $129 Dell Wyse Cloud Connect is a compact mobile cloud-access device designed to support desktop virtualisation and personal cloud services.

The Dell Wyse Cloud Connect uses an HDMI, or MHL-enabled, display for streaming cloud-enabled services. Dell said it supports full-HD and provides enterprise-level security, manageability and reliability.

David Angwin, cloud client computing, covering desktop client virtualisation, said the company ran a three-month beta programme to identify usage areas for the Dell Wyse Cloud Connect. He said Dell’s focus would primarily be the B2B market, such as digital signage, kiosks and other space-constrained environments. It can also be used to provide a secure computing environment for users, Dell said.

“It is a managed and secure device and provides an end point to connect to corporate services like virtual desktop and cloud services," Angwin said. "We see it as a flexible thin client. Just plug in a screen and you have a thin client.”

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect runs a native Android operating system for accessing local applications, which means it can connect to Google Play market. However, Angwin said its main purpose was as a web device and for connecting to VDI. “We have Citrix Receiver, VMware Horizon View client and Dell Wyse Pocket Cloud, and we use SonicWall Mobile Connect to provide a VPN.”


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