Wyse pushes thin client amid Windows uncertainty

Wyse Technology has announced new smart card and management software add-ons for its Wintern thin clients, together with a price...

Wyse Technology has announced new smart card and management software add-ons for its Wintern thin clients, together with a price cut on the 1200LE model, writes Daniel Thomas.

The company is hoping to capitalise on the economic uncertainty and users' worries about the security and licensing of Microsoft's Windows operating system by pushing the thin client model, which analyst group Gartner has said will provide a return on investment within three to eight months.

Wyse said its Rapport Workgroup and Remote Administrator management software will be bundled with all Wintern thin clients sold. The tools are capable of handling up to 200 users in an installation and, with the purchase of an optional enterprise upgrade, up to tens of thousands of users across multiple branch office and management locations, the company said.

Wyse also announced the first in a line of local smart card solutions, designed to provide added security for environments such as healthcare, banking and government. The software will allow IT administrators to customise the level of security and speed demanded by environments where the secure lock-down of information is required, the company said.

Wintern 1200L costs £249, similar to the cost of the Windows XP Professional software, and will offer the performance of an 800MHz PC.

Stephen Yeo, director of marketing at Wyse, said the price cut was aimed at users who were previously attracted to low cost PCs, despite the lower total cost of ownership of thin clients. "This final barrier to thinning down business desktops has been removed," Yeo said.

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