Recently I had a chance to get caught up on what Wyse is doing in the mobile space, and they’re doing a lot. Last fall they acquired MDM provider Trellia, and recently they released PocketCloud Explore, a version of their popular remote desktop app that leaves out the actual desktop part in favor of a native experience.
The purchase of Trellia was announced last November, but there’s not much integration yet. Aside from basic MDM for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry, Trellia offers application management, advanced usage reporting, and mobile cost control management. Their entire platform is cloud-based, with no on-site components required.
Complete cloud-based integration of all of Wyse’s client management offerings is promised with Stratus, though no specific dates have been announced yet.
PocketCloud has been a popular tablet-based remote desktop client for quite a while now, with good reason—it’s widely praised for being the most usable one out there. The tablet-native file browser and ability to open files in native mobile apps makes remote desktops even more usable.
PocketCloud Explore, released in February and available for iOS and Android, takes that native experience and leaves out the actual desktop. Instead, files are opened only in native apps, and audio and video files are actually streamed from your own desktop. This means that the remote desktop app is evolving into a mobile data management app, with all the usual associated features. This is great, but there are still a few steps to go.
Right now, one of the sticking points is that the remote computer has to be on and connected to the Internet to access files. There are two ways to address that issue: Wyse is working on methods of waking up computers that are in standby or asleep, and they’ve also introduced CloudBin, a free online storage service with 2GB of space (or more when paid). CloudBin doesn’t automatically sync yet, and instead files have to be uploaded manually.
PocketCloud Web is browser-based version of the product, currently in Beta. Both the web version and the mobile version can make connections to multiple computers, so users can search through files in multiple locations.
I like the direction this is going—device native access to data—but it doesn’t seem quite where I would want it to be, just yet. PocketCloud Explore works backwards. The cloud is used to access data on all my computers? It should be the other way around: access data in the cloud from any one of my devices.
There are two ways around this. First, Wyse could grow its cloud storage service into a fully-featured offering, or alternatively the CloudBin storage component could be made to ride on top of corporate file servers. It would depend on whether Wyse really wants to be in the business of providing cloud syncing services, and considering their development around cloud services with Stratus, that certainly seems possible.
PocketCloud Explore and CloudBin seem to be coming to the cloud file-syncing space from the exact opposite direction as other services, which is no surprise, considering that PocketCloud was a remote desktop client before it was a mobile data management app. With just a few more features, it could be a solid cloud syncing mobile data management app; the question is will it end up as a remote desktop app that happens to have some cloud storage, or will it be a cloud storage app that happens to have a remote desktop client, or will it be an equal balance of both?