Wyse Unveils Its Fastest Thin-Client Line

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-29 Print this article Print

Wyse also introduces two new SUSE Linux-based thin clients and reveals integration with the Big Three hypervisors.

Wyse Technology, a longtime thin-client maker that also describes itself as a provider of "cloud client computing," made several new-product announcements Aug. 29 at VMworld 2011, including new high-performing thin clients, Linux thin clients and mobile clients.

The San Jose, Calif.-based company said it is now shipping its highest-performing thin clients, the Z90D7 and Z90DW. 

In addition, Wyse introduced two new Linux-based members of its Z-class family: the Wyse Z50S and Wyse Z50D.  The Wyse Z50 is the high-performance thin-client product line based on Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise, the industry's only enterprise-quality Linux operating system that utilizes Wyse's thin-computing management and user experience software.  

On the mobility side, Wyse's X-class Microsoft Windows and SUSE Linux-based platforms now support integration with the Big Three of the hypervisor market: VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer.

Wyse's new mobile thin clients enable remote or traveling workers to work online and offline while remaining secure and synchronized with the virtualized infrastructure by supporting both VMware View 5 "local mode" and Wyse WSM "cruiser mode."

Wyse said its Z-class thin clients are now using an entirely new engine, one in which all the major system elements-CPU cores, vector engines and a unified video decoder for HD decoding tasks-reside inside the same processor for more effective deployment of the software.  

Using dual-core AMD G-series Fusion chips, the Wyse Z class is able to support processing-intensive applications such as 3D solids modeling, HD graphics simulation and unified communications with ease.  They also include the first SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity in a thin client, enabling the newest peripherals and speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0, Wyse said.  

Wyse Z-class thin clients enable display options that include DisplayPort and DVI. The Wyse Z class also includes advanced networking capabilities, such as support for Gigabit Ethernet and available integrated A/B/G/N dual-band WiFi.  In addition, they are compliant with the federal Energy Star Version 5.0 Thin Client specification.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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