Dell Enhances Wyse Cloud Connect Mini-PC
Among the improvements for the small thin client system is an app that can turn any Android-based device into a keyboard and mouse.Dell is updating its pocket-size Wyse Cloud Connect computing device, including launching an app that can take any Android-based device and turn it into a keyboard and mouse. The updates, announced June 19, were designed to help improve the user experience and enhance management and control of the Cloud Connect, according to Jeff McNaught, executive director of marketing and chief strategy officer for cloud client computing at Dell. The Cloud Connect device—which was code-named Project Ophelia when introduced in early 2013 and officially launched in January—essentially can turn any display into a cloud-based computer. "Since January we've kept our eyes and ears open to ensure that the device's evolution keeps up with our customers' needs and demands," McNaught wrote in a post on the company blog. "Our goal is to continuously make people's jobs easier by enhancing convenience and usability for end users, while simultaneously improving and facilitating IT control and security."
Dell officials first announced Project Ophelia as a way of bringing virtual desktop and personal cloud services to any display with an High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) or Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) port. The idea is to enable users to take their computing environments with them and access their content, photos, music and applications—which are stored in the cloud—from any display. Once connected, the dongle delivers a high-definition experience that includes enterprise-level security and manageability. As workers become increasingly mobile, the Cloud Connect enables them to access their computing environments, services and IT solutions, which are streamed by their companies from anywhere.