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Wyse Announces New Cloud Friendly Versions of SUSE and Windows Embedded CE Thin Clients
Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing and client virtualization, today announced updates to two operating systems used in the company’s thin clients — Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise and Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 for Virtual client and Cloud environments.  

"Our updated Linux and Windows Embedded CE versions take the performance of our virtual client devices to new levels, and demonstrate our commitment to the enterprise market," said Jeff McNaught, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Wyse. "We have taken the key benefits of our existing devices, and added new performance features and a seamless transition path to quickly meet market demand in cloud and virtualized environments.”

Developed in partnership with Novell, this new version of Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise improves the virtual desktop experience for the corporate workforce by offering enhanced support for users across the enterprise. Mobile workers can take advantage of the expanded VPN support to safely connect to corporate networks running on Cisco, Jupiter, Nortel and others. At the desktop level, Wyse’s enhanced USB peripheral virtualization support enables use of “real-time” devices such as webcams and USB headsets.

“As thin client adoption expands, we look forward to continuing our work with Wyse to provide a true enterprise Linux operating system that meets the security, stability, and flexibility requirements enterprises demand.” said Guy Lunardi, Director of Client Preloads at Novell.

Powerful security features in Wyse’s new Linux protect the transfer of files and software over the network, during interaction with the cloud, or while being managed. In conjunction with Wyse Device Manager software, sensitive firmware updates and files can be securely transferred between thin clients without concern for unauthorized access. This robust central management system enables IT departments to simplify company-wide deployment of new software by enabling controlled distribution to all thin clients on the network.

Wyse has also released updates to Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2, Microsoft's componentized, 32-bit native hard, real-time operating system for small-footprint embedded solutions. Windows Embedded CE provides an accessible and familiar user experience;  updated connectivity components; support for ICA/HDX and RDP clients to enhance the desktop experience; Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 also improves security through support for Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols making the corporate infrastructure more secure.

"Microsoft is proud to be working with Wyse to further innovate thin clients within the embedded market," said Ashwin Kulkarni, senior product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft Corp. "Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 allows for the rapid development of devices with increased functionality and a rich set of user experiences. By incorporating support for the latest version of the Windows Embedded CE product line, Wyse can continue bringing smart, connected, service-oriented devices to the virtual desktop."

Availability 

Wyse will integrate the updated Linux on its virtual desktops in May. Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 will be available on Wyse devices in June.

Published Monday, May 04, 2009 8:59 AM by David Marshall
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