Terminal maker Wyse Technology has reinvented its traditional product line as a "network computer killer".
The company claims its Winterm 5000 device will be simpler to manage and support than the Java based network computer propounded by Oracle, Sun and others. It also says it will have greater application support and lower prices.
According to Wyse general manager Jeff McNaught, the Winterm 5000, due on Monday, will "do the things Larry Ellison promised but at lower cost". Oracle chief Ellison was the prime mover behind the concept of a network computer, a thin client machine that drew data and applications across the network from a server, rather than having significant local capacity.
Until now, Wyse has sought to break out of its traditional dumb terminal business by supporting Microsoft's thin client architecture, the Windows Based Terminal. Now it is going for a broader approach - a client that will work with NT, Unix or mainframe servers and the Internet, and support several key protocols including Citrix' ICA and SCO's Tarantella.
McNaught claims the 5000 gets round some of the problems that have prevented Java NCs from delivering their promises - such as complexity in installation and support and shortage of Java applications.
There is no need to convert existing Unix, NT or mainframe applications to work with the 5000, Wyse claims.
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