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Review: Dell WYSE delivers Android-on-a-stick

Joel Snyder | May 20, 2014
Thin clients aren't very exciting, and for a reason: they're designed to allow remote access to servers, usually with a Citrix, Microsoft, or VMware client. The folks at Dell WYSE have spiced up the category by building a thin client on top of Android, and getting it down to a form factor only slightly larger than a USB memory stick.

At the same time, while Cloud Client Manager let us define Windows Terminal Servers for the included Pocket Cloud RDP client, these settings didn't automatically propagate into the client. So we had to manually re-link the Pocket Cloud client to Cloud Client Manager, even though there's an agent on the WYSE Cloud Connect that should have done this for us.

Thin client heaven or gimmick?

Dell's WYSE Cloud Connect fits somewhere in-between. The form factor of the device is fantastic, and opens up many opportunities for network managers with specific challenges. But more important than the form factor is the Android operating system. Opening up the thin client using an industry standard operating system like Android isn't a new idea, but Dell is the first major vendor to offer this type of openness and extensibility. 

While we found some flaws in this initial delivery, the potential for extending and adapting thin clients on this hardware platform makes the WYSE Cloud Connect worth considering. Network managers challenged by cloud computing projects with unusual requirements or in need of more-than-average customization should take a close look at Dell's offering.


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