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Dell Unveils First Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Thin Clients

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

As Microsoft is getting ready for its Windows 10 launch later this month, partners and OEMs are preparing their own product releases in support of the new operating system. Today, Dell announced plans to release the first Windows 10 IoT Enterprise thin clients, which will ship on July 29, coinciding with the Windows 10 release date. Customers who want to migrate to the new operating system will be able to add Windows 10-based thin clients to their infrastructure as soon as the new OS is available.

The new Dell Wyse 7000 and 5000 series thin clients represent the company's highest performing thin clients available to date, designed specifically for knowledge workers and built with a bit of future-proofing to make them last. Utilizing quad-core AMD G-Series processors, the 7490-Z90Q10 and 5490-D90Q10 thin clients offer fast boot times and high performance, even for demanding tasks such as video.

Dell Wyse 5000 series thin clientDell Wyse 5000 series thin client"We suspect over time that if Windows 10 gets bigger or adds more functionality we want to make sure that we have plenty of headroom to ensure that the thin client endpoints will give end users everything they're looking for," Dan O'Farrell, Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Dell Cloud Client Computing told Tom's IT Pro in an interview. 

From a security standpoint, the endpoints incorporate the latest security capabilities found in Windows 10, including the new version of Trusted Platform Module (TPM), BitLocker Drive Encryption, Secure Boot and Windows Defender integrated anti-malware, all of which have been tested and verified to ensure they work properly with the new systems.

"We worked with Microsoft to confirm that all of these enhanced security features for Windows 10 are resident and available day one with the product," O'Farrell told us.

Dell Wyse 7000 series thin clientDell Wyse 7000 series thin clientIn addition to high performance and enhanced security, the new Dell Wyse thin clients incorporate flexible management, offering IT three choices for administering the endpoints. One is a "hands-off" file server capability, which is offered today with Dell's thin clients.

In this scenario, an endpoint is configured with an IP address and a gateway, which is a good option for small deployments. Another option is to use Dell's Wyse Device Manager (WDM) software, which is ideal for organizations that want to scale their deployments to hundreds or thousands of endpoints, making deployment, configuration, updating and patching many thin clients simple.

The third option is to utilize Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM); Dell is promising SCCM integration from day one, allowing Microsoft shops to easily add Dell thin clients to their SCCM consoles.  

In a related announcement, Dell also unveiled a new version of its Wyse vWorkspace broker. The desktop virtualization software, now in version 8.6, offers support for Microsoft Hyper-V and Azure platforms along with virtual machines based on Windows 10. Dell has made a number of usability and flexibility improvements, including new globalization and connectivity options, for both end users and administrators.

The vWorkspace management console is still English only, but you can now drop it on top of a platform with a native language installed on it, including Unicode languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean, to make it work with that language.

"For example, vWorkspace comes on top of Windows Server; if the customer has the Japanese version of Windows Server, you no longer need the intermediate decoding software running between the vWorkspace code and the Windows Server software," O'Farrell explained. "Think of this as step one towards complete globalization, where the next version of vWorkspace will have native language support on the console itself."

For end users, the logon process has been simplified, allowing users to access and use vWorkspace with just their email addresses and passwords, instead of separate usernames. End users can also drag and drop files directly from their local, physical environments to virtual desktops.      

Other improvements in vWorkspace include a native connector agent for Chrome OS devices, instead of relying on HTML5, and application layering for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), which is meant to simplify application deployment and management.

Dell's new Wyse 7000 and 5000 thin clients with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise OS as well as vWorkspace 8.6 will be shipping on July 29, 2015.