Help Me Choose: Embedded Operating System Options for Wyse Thin Clients

Operating system (OS) options for Wyse thin clients

Wyse thin clients use a specialized embedded operating system (OS) which is simply a streamlined version of its full commercial operating system. Dell offers multiple embedded operating system options which are purpose-built for Wyse thin clients to meet a wide range of business needs from hardened and secure to flexible and versatile. The purpose of the OS is simply to connect the thin client to the data center and make use of supported applications, the network and peripheral devices.

The operating system is one of the most important components of your thin client. In short, choosing the right operating system impacts user productivity through the availability of applications and system performance. Dell offers the following embedded operating systems for Wyse thin clients.

Wyse ThinOS is Dell’s exclusive, highly secure, virus resistant thin client operating system that delivers the latest high performance desktop virtualization protocols and a rich array of connectivity options.

PCoIP enabled Wyse ThinOS leverages PCoIP (Personal Computer over Internet Protocol) which is a remote display protocol for delivering desktops and applications over the internet. PCoIP accelerates back-end and front-end hardware performance to provide high resolution, full frame-rate 3D graphics and high definition streaming media. Power users can work across multiple displays, enjoy the benefits of USB peripherals, as well as send and receive high-definition audio.

Wyse ThinLinux operating system delivers high performance, security and easy management with broad peripheral support for virtual desktops. Wyse ThinLinux, from the open source Linux community, is streamlined and hardened for enterprise class business needs. It also features a local browser and supports local Linux applications.

Windows 10 IoTE delivers the performance, reliability and flexibility of Windows® Embedded. Windows 10 IoTE is light-weight, leverages the same Windows peripheral drivers, runs Windows applications locally and enables unified communications.
Compare some Wyse thin client operating system features:

Features support forWyse ThinOSPCoIP enabled Wyse ThinOSWyse ThinLinuxWindows Embedded for Wyse
ProtocolsMicrosoft RDP RemoteFXYesYesYesYes
HDXYesYesYesYes
PCoIP*NoYesYesYes
Blast ExtremeYesYesYesYes
Local applicationsLocal browserNoNoYesYes
Terminal emulationNoNoYesYes
Supports select local applicationsNoNoYesYes
Unified communicationsSkype for BusinessYesYesYesYes
AvayaNoNoYesN/A
VXMENoNoYesN/A
Device managementWyse Management SuiteYesYesYesYes
Wyse Device Manager (WDM)YesYesYesYes
Support for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)N/AN/AN/AYes

Additionally, compare the overall characteristics of each OS in the table below then choose the OS that best suites your needs.

ChooseIf you need
Wyse ThinOS
  • Maximum security: Virus and malware resistant with an unpublished API and zero attack surface.
  • Speed and performance: Boot in as little as 10 seconds and enjoy the benefits of outstanding HDX, RDP Remote FX and Blast Extreme performance.
  • Hands-off management: Eliminate the need for your IT staff to touch physical devices with remote management from a centralized location.
PCoIP enabled Wyse ThinOS
  • Connection support for VMware Horizon and Amazon WorkSpaces to take full advantage of added features and benefits.
Wyse ThinLinux
  • Security: With no local hard disk on the thin client, key apps and content are kept safely in the data center. Content protection and application control become much easier.
  • High performance: Get more power from advanced multi-core thin clients while accessing applications locally or from virtual desktops.
  • Flexibility: Run your legacy or customized apps locally or via a VPN connection through your virtual desktop within a Citrix®, Microsoft® or VMware® environment.
 Windows 10 IoTE
  • Security you can count on: Optional Advanced Threat Protection is available in the form of Dell Threat Defense, for proactive malware protection on both virtual desktops and Windows Embedded Standard endpoints.
  • Broad application support: Leverage graphics-intensive applications with a multi-core accelerated processing unit and connect to a broad range of Windows applications and peripherals.
  • Easy and scalable management: Manage your endpoints centrally with Wyse Management Suite. Scale as you grow – from just a handful to tens of thousands of thin clients. Alternatively, use your existing Microsoft SCCM software.

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