Wyse Technology has announced new management capabilities that enable its thin client devices to automatically configure themselves to meet requirements.
The Project Pyramid technology is aimed at bringing the same appliance-like level of simplicity found in zero clients to devices with a richer operating system, such as Wyse's recently announced Z90 running Windows Embedded Standard 7.
"It's the first self-configuring client product line, which means that, as clients are deployed or changes need to be made to them, this can be automated, whether it's an update to the latest firmware or configuration, across desktop devices and any mobile devices outside the office," said Wyse director of marketing for EMEA David Angwin.
Project Pyramid, which is just a codename, will be available before the end of this quarter, Angwin said, and is chiefly aimed at organisations deploying virtual desktop infrastructure.
It enables the IT department to define the configuration for endpoints, such as updating the address of the server or adding a new application icon to the user's desktop, and the endpoint will automatically update itself the next time it is powered up or a user logs on.
"Wyse believes the desktop should be as simple as possible, but before now if you chose a rich OS like Windows Embedded it needed greater management complexity. This enables the same self-configuration capability across devices, whether they run ThinOS, Linux or Windows Embedded," Angwin said.
Project Pyramid handles imaging and configuration, according to Angwin, allowing smaller organisations to operate it as their only management tool.
However, it is also designed to run alongside Wyse's existing Wyse Device Manager software for enterprises with more sophisticated management needs and more complex networks.
It also ties in to Active Directory so that customers can integrate their thin client configuration and setup into that, Angwin explained.
"The result is that end users should see the same experience, no matter which device they log into," he said.
Project Pyramid will be available first for Windows Embedded Standard 7, and for the older XP-based Windows Embedded Standard 2009 in the second quarter of this year.
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