Thin Client madness - NComputing's HDX SoC and Wyse Xenith 2 debut & analysis

We already posted our article and video of HP's 13-watt PoE All-in-One thin client from Citrix Synergy last week, and we actually have a few more interesting videos from Wyse and NComputing. Wyse was showing off Xenith 2, which has been reworked with a System-on-Chip architecture.

We already posted our article and video of HP's 13-watt PoE All-in-One thin client from Citrix Synergy last week, and we actually have a few more interesting videos from Wyse and NComputing. Wyse was showing off Xenith 2, which has been reworked with a System-on-Chip architecture. It's not the HDX SoC, though, but it's the same idea. If you recall the first Xenith, it was based on a Wyse C-Class device, had a bios and on-board firmware, which had zero client purists up in arms. Xenith 2 is totally stateless, and while they didn't release pricing, we were told that we'd be amazed. Stay tuned in early June for that information. Until then, check out the video I shot with Wyse's Jeff McNaught:

Computing's fist foray into third part thin clients is based on the HDX SoC that is the talk of thin clients at Synergy. Announced at Synergy in Barcelona last year, it was nice to see these devices at the following show. What we saw in Barcelona were prototype boards that were just a step or two away from breadboard designs. Now everybody is working on their own HDX SoC designs. Check out the video to see the NComputing device…it's impressive what you can do with a $100 thin client nowadays! 

It's interesting to me that both of these companies have focused on HDX only, although with NComputing I understand that this is their first entry into the third party thin client market. For Wyse, though, they've had Xenith for 2 years now and they still only support HDX with it in spite of the fact that HP has the ability to deploy HDX, PCoIP, and RemoteFX environments to all of their thin clients (including the ones based on the HDX SoC). Either Wyse believes HP's approach is wrong, or they're brewing up something that they're not talking about.

I've never heard them say HP's approach is wrong, so I guess we'll keep an eye out for some sweeping changes once Dell gets more involved. I love the fact that Dell and HP will go head to head on this, because the change and innovation it can drive, not to mention the price wars, can really boost this market.

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it needs to be said, HDX ready thin clients at $100 - $150 each is huge.


Take this, something like Atlantis ILIO, and the right server platform, and we are approaching the point where the cost of a VDI desktop and conventional managed desktop will achieve parity.


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There is proliferation of thin clients, from Pano Logic, Wyse, to Ncomputing and they all sing the same story.  Which from your experience stands head and shoulders above the rest? I have hard an opportunity to use Ncomputing and I appreciated it. The rest of the vendors do not have a foot print in my neck of the woods, I therefore do not have any experience about them.


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Funny how thin clients get more and more powerful.  Just goes to show that local processing power is necessary even with VDI. The more you do locally the better - better user experience, better economics.


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