Wyse, Microsoft: Cheap Zero Clients for Schools
Wyse Technology, one of the leaders in thin and zero client computing, has joined forces with Microsoft. The result? A sub-$100 zero client that works with Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010. Aimed at the education market and keeping costs low, education resellers and VARs may want to listen up.
Christened the “Wyse E01 Zero Client,” it’ll be working exclusively with Windows MultiPoint Server 2010. The server can be as basic as a regular PC in the classroom. It’ll allow up to 10 users to simultaneously access that single computer. (The E01 is not depicted above, but thought to be similar to other Wyse’s zero clients pictured.)
Since it’s low-cost, very easily-managed and contains all the correct licensing for the ‘Windows 7 experience,’ computer classrooms can blossom — assuming the solution lives up to Microsoft and Wyse claims.
MultiPoint Server 2010 is a new Microsoft product and it looks like Microsoft is happy to show it off with Wyse. Wyse and Microsoft have aimed to make this pretty straight forward: Wyse zero client simply plugs into the main computer, automatically configures, and enables a student to work immediately.
That’s pretty cool. Plus, it’ll cut down on maintenance and downtime, since technically there’s only one computer to manage per classroom — or at least, per every 10 computers. And then of course, there’s the inevitable ‘green’ spin, but in truth, it’s more energy efficient for sure.
Wyse’s E01 Zero Clients have been custom tailored to work with the MultiPoint Server and they’re coming March 2010 specifically for education customers. The price point? A comfortable $99 (and international pricing available shortly.) Some more interesting tid-bits: the E01 is capable of using USB peripherals like your standard keyboard and mouse, but also webcams, USB flash drives, too.