Dell’s Wyse Cloud Connect is a tiny device that you can plug into a monitor or TV to turn it into a thin client device. In other words, you can login to a remote server to run Windows or other enterprise software running on a remote server.
Companies could use the stick to basically set up inexpensive workstations for employees — and mobile workstations at that. When you need to move to a new machine you can just unplug the Wyse Cloud Connect and stick it in your pocket.
Dell’s been showing off the Cloud Connect since January, when it was still called by its code-name: Project Ophelia. Now the device is getting ready to ship soon for around $100, and Notebook Italia got a chance to see what it can do at an event in Italy.
The device is about the size of a large USB flash drive. But it has an HDMI connector where you’d normally find a USB connector.
On the other sides there are microSD card, micro USB and mini USB ports, and the Wyse Cloud Client has built-in support for WiFI and Bluetooth. It’s also MHL-compatible, allowing you to connect the Cloud Client to an MHL-capable device with a single cable for video and power. If you use a standard HDMI port you’ll need a separate power cable.
The Dell Wyse Cloud Client runs Google Android software, so you could theoretically used it to surf the web, play games, or run other Android apps without connecting to a remote server. But there are plenty of Android TV sticks that do that.
What makes the Wyse Cloud Client different is Dell’s software that makes it work like a thin client device — and Dell’s enterprise software which gives IT professionals tools for managing access to a whole group of Wyse Cloud Connect devices.
Notebook Italia shot a video of the Cloud Connect in action. While it’s in Italian, if you skip until about halfway through the video you can see how the device works, whether you speak the language or not.