Latest in Cloud Client Workspace Innovation to Simplify IT

Discover the latest in cutting-edge thin client innovation showcased at Dell Technologies World 2024.

At Dell Technologies World 2024, the Cloud Client Workspace team spotlighted how the world’s #1 thin client company¹ continues to innovate its thin client solutions to simplify IT management. Focusing on our software—Dell ThinOS, Dell thin client solutions with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Dell Hybrid Client and Wyse Management Suite—allows us to develop and implement new features faster and be more responsive to customer needs.

Addressing IT Management Challenges

For IT administrators responsible for deploying and managing large fleets of end user endpoints, particularly across geographically dispersed locations, ease of management is key. That’s why VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) and thin clients are an attractive strategy. Designed with a lightweight operating system with only the required software components to access the VDI data center, a thin client has less to manage and minimizes security exposure without local data or apps. However, not all thin clients are alike, and you can start seeing some big differences when you dig into IT management capabilities.

Simplifying deployment is often top of mind for centralized IT departments—how to efficiently get new client devices set up and running with minimal involvement from IT personnel. This was a key need discussed by Topgolf in our Dell Technologies World breakout session. With more than 100 venues across the world and more than 8,300 Dell thin clients in operation, Topgolf is managing their entire fleet with a seven-man IT team.

Another common challenge is remote troubleshooting. It’s a big part of the job but easier said than done because the required technology to support (screensharing, grabbing control, etc.) can be complicated. Your environment needs additional software, which requires that firewall ports be open to contact remote clients which can lead to security breaches.

And then there is the task of patch management and keeping fleets up to date with the latest versions of applications. There is an art to rolling out updates to large, geographically dispersed fleets with the need to balance urgency and efficiency while minimizing end user downtime.

Dell Thin Client Innovation

The latest ThinOS and Wyse Management Suite (WMS) software releases include several features that greatly improve thin client device management capabilities, and they’re only available from Dell Technologies.

Dynamic Wyse Management Suite Dashboard Makes It Easier to Monitor and Manage Fleets

Dell’s Wyse Management Suite is flexible management software that allows IT admins to centrally configure, monitor, manage and optimize Dell thin clients. WMS is the industry’s only hybrid cloud management solution that offers floating license allocation between on-premises and public cloud2 instances, giving IT department the ability to centrally manage a geographically dispersed fleet without the need to set up firewalls, zones, and VPNs (Virtual Private Networks).

Recently, Wyse Management Suite (WMS) introduced a new dynamic dashboard presenting a user-friendly view of real-time device insights and telemetry data, making it easier for IT admins to monitor and manage their Dell thin client fleets. Admins can track job status, compliance and fleet health. With convenient hyperlinks, an admin can click on a graph segment or metric and quickly see a list of devices that make up that metric, making it easier to investigate and take action.

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The new Wyse Management Suite dashboard showing real-time device insights and telemetry data.

Easier Troubleshooting for Remote Clients with Enhanced P2P Shadowing Capability

The new “Peer-to-Peer Remote Shadow” functionality available for ThinOS and Wyse Management Suite Pro customers allows IT personnel to shadow a ThinOS client user display from anywhere, even small remote and home offices. This built-in feature requires no additional firewall or device configurations—nor is third-party software or subscriptions required. All you need to do is go to the WMS console, select the device and start the shadowing session.

While remote shadowing is not new to the industry, the ThinOS remote shadow experience offers security advantages over Virtual Network Computing because it does not require the opening of incoming firewall network ports to initiate a session. Both security and ease of use are accomplished by leveraging TLS protocol to the signaling server and DTLS protocol when transferring media data securely peer-to-peer between ThinOS and the Wyse Management Suite console. 

Minimize User Downtime and Business Disruption with Wave Deployment

Wyse Management Suite now offers Wave Deployment for ThinOS devices, which provides more automation and customization options for scheduling and pushing out device updates, giving IT admins more control over scheduled maintenance and ensuring operational stability. With this feature, admins can define and schedule updates in waves (groups of devices) and set threshold types, as well as thresholds for the next action based on a user-defined success or failure percentage. For example, a scheduled update can be set to abort and revert to the previous state if the failure rate for a wave exceeds the pre-defined threshold. The functionality helps IT departments mitigate the risks of rolling out an update to an entire fleet. Each wave provides valuable feedback, giving IT admins the time to make adjustments before broader deployment. Additionally, the ability to schedule updates in batches eliminates network congestion, further minimizing disruption to the business.

Get Remote Employees Up and Running Faster with QR Codes

Another enhancement, designed to simplify the set-up of devices for remote and home office employees, is QR code registration. An IT department can simply ship out a ThinOS thin client and email the recipient a secure QR code and password. With the ThinOS Quick Start wizard, the end user will be up and running in just a few clicks. The QR code contains the necessary information for the device to attach to the Wyse Management Suite server, automatically populate the configuration settings from the user’s defined group and provide instructions for successful VDI connection. The QR code registration process is intuitive, eliminating the need for user set-up guides or a second-touch service that configures the device before it reaches the end user.

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The ThinOS Quick Start wizard prompts the user to scan their QR code.

These are just a few examples of Dell’s continued investment in thin client innovation and our focus on making IT management easier. For more information about Dell’s Cloud Client Workspace software and thin client solutions visit us here.

1 Source: IDC Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker, 2024 Q1, May 2024. CLM-012221.
2 Requires Wyse Management Suite Pro edition. Based on Dell Internal Competitive Analysis, December 2022.

Tara Denton

About the Author: Tara Denton

Tara Denton works in product marketing for Dell’s Cloud Client Workspace portfolio. Tara has spent her career focused on B2B Technology. She enjoys the pace of change and loves the cross-functional nature of her role. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She currently resides in Round Rock, TX.