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Wyse Intros Thin Client Optimized For Virtualization

The X50c, showcased at VMworld Europe, features PC-over-IP display protocol and automatically updates and configures itself based on network settings.

Wyse X50c
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Wyse X50c
At VMworld 2010 Europe on Wednesday, Wyse Technology demonstrated a mobile thin client, coupled with a more powerful software system, designed for campus-roaming access to virtual desktops.

The Wyse X50c features PC over IP (PCoIP) display protocol and is flexible and lightweight, yet secure, according to Wyse. The thin client, based on Wyse-enhanced SUSE Linux, is optimized for use with virtualization solutions such as VMware View 4.5 with PCoIP display protocol, and requires no hands-on management since it automatically updates and configures itself based on networking settings, the vendor said.

"Our customers have loved being able to take advantage of the latest protocols like PCoIP without the labor intensive task of keeping PCs safe and healthy," said Hector Angulo, product manager at Wyse. "With the new Wyse X50c, customers who require a mobile client can now enjoy the security and ease of management breakthrough benefits of Wyse-enhanced SUSE Linux."

The Wyse X50C, slated to ship this quarter, weighs about 3 pounds, and features a 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, 11.6-inch LED backlit screen, and up to 8 hours of battery power, according to Wyse.

"The Wyse X50c combines simplicity, security, and convenience in one very small package," said Vittorio Viarengo, VP of end user computing products at VMware. "The combination of the X50c and PCoIP will enable IT to deliver the access to remote desktops users desire while being able to easily maintain control over their client infrastructures."

Pricing is not yet available.

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