ClearCube Technology announced that it has introduced the industry's first VMware-ready zero clients with integrated USB modules that provide up to 12 USB ports (seven USB 3.0 ports and up to five USB 2.0 ports, depending on zero client model).
Zero clients are desktop devices that communicate with datacenter processing resources, such as virtual desktops and Blade PCs, over Ethernet network connections. Zero clients contain no operating systems, memory or storage, and use the highly-efficient PCoIP protocol. PCoIP enables connections to VMware Horizon 7, VMware virtual desktop infrastructure software.
Zero clients provide connections for displays, mice, keyboards and a limited number of additional USB devices (three to six native USB 2.0 ports, depending on the zero client model). ClearCube is the first to tightly couple seven additional USB 3.0 ports to their zero clients using a rugged module integrated into a metal zero client enclosure. With the USB module, ClearCube zero clients can provide up to 12 USB ports total. Power requirements are minimal, and are provided by a single 12-Volt, 3-Amp power supply.
USB requirements for ClearCube customers-whether in the healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, or government market segments, continue to increase. "Our customers asked us for more USB connectivity options in our existing product lines. We were able to create the USB module to provide a simple, streamlined solution," said Doug Layne, ClearCube VP of Global Sales. The zero client and USB module provide up to 12 USB ports in a footprint that is 6.5-inches wide, 4.9-inches deep and 2.25-inches high.
To optimize the combined footprint, a special mounting module combines seven USB 3.0 ports with a variety of ClearCube zero client models. Depending on the selected zero client, solutions can provide a total of nine, 10, or 12 USB ports and an integrated smartcard reader. Future releases of the USB module will support additional zero client models.
ClearCube zero clients are assembled and tested in the U.S. and are fully TAA-compliant.