Infotech Lead America: Will enterprises use Acer thin client replacing Dell, Devon, HP, and Wyse thin clients?
Devon IT, an information technology company that offers thin client software, hardware, and virtual desktop solutions, announced the latest Acer Thin Client matches or exceeds performance of current Dell, Devon, HP, and Wyse thin clients for enterprise virtual desktops.
IDC says the volume of thin client shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in 2012 increased by 9.2 percent year on year to more than 1.7 million units. In the coming year, IDC expects thin client shipments to maintain stable 6.2 percent growth over 2013.
The Acer Veriton N2010G, built around the Texas Instruments 8148 processor, is designed as an advanced, high-performance thin client at a low price.
The Acer N2010G offers ZeTOS, Devon IT’s Zero configuration technology.
When connected as a zero client, ZeTOS does all the work for the users. Upon boot-up, the users simply enter their username and password and in are up and running. ZeTOS obtains the service information from the DNS, and operating system image, while connecting the user to their desktop.
HP and Dell, which acquired Wyse thin client business, dominated the EMEA thin client market in 2012, shipping more than 55 percent of the region’s total volume. Standalone thin clients accounted for 96.2 percent of the total thin client shipments in EMEA in 2012. Although interest in all-in-one thin client models has been increasing, they remain niche products in terms of market volume.
“This is a powerful and cost-effective virtual device that offers superior performance and the very best features for virtual desktop computing,” said Joe Makoid, president Devon IT.
The Veriton N2010G is Acer’s System-On-Chip (SoC) thin client, complete with a small form-factor design. This unit is economical, energy/ space-saving, and cost-effective device that Acer offers.
The unit includes a multimedia acceleration, optimized for Citrix ICA/HDX. It comes equipped with four USB ports, and both DVI-I and DVI-D graphics ports; allowing for optional dual monitor display. The Veriton N2010G is also available with Power Over Ethernet (POE) as an option.
Currently available thin client models from other suppliers offer various features and functions but the new Acer N2010G offers unique sets of options that can accommodate many existing and new VDI implementations.
The Acer N2010G thin client is based on a 1GHz TI 8148 SoC with integrated GPU, enabling the device to support high-end features such as HD video. In addition, it has a dual Digital Video Interface (DVI) output for dual HD monitor connectivity; a feature not seen before in such a low-cost device.
In addition, the N2010G thin client has been optimized to take advantage of Acer TI-based platforms. The N2010G thin client enables a solution that combines the flexibility of an embedded platform with a high performance and rich feature set.
Recently, Devon IT has launched a virtual desktop infrastructure cost savings assessment based on its TCO Calculator. The Devon IT VDI Assessment is designed specifically for enterprises interested in the return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits of desktop virtualization and client consolidation.
In March 2012, Acer America announced its entry into the thin client market with a new commercial offering, the Acer Veriton N Series. The new thin and rich clients provide simplified manageability and energy-efficiency in a secure, space-saving form factor for virtual environments. These practical systems are designed for small and medium businesses, call centers and customers in education, financial services, healthcare and government wanting to tightly manage data, while reducing overall costs.