Dell Releases Pocket-Size Cloud Connect

A pocket-size device that turns any monitor into a cloud-connected computer. ThatEUs the idea behind the Dell Wyse Cloud Connect, what the company says is a "new category of smart connected device."

Code-named Project Ophelia, the Android-based product was announced a year ago, after which Dell filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission describing test results. Slightly larger than a standard USB memory stick, it allows users to bring cloud-based apps, files and virtual desktops to any screen with a HDMI or MHL port, delivered with enterprise-grade security and in high-def.

The company said that the thin client device, which can connect wirelessly to Windows or Mac computers, offers quick cloud access to content, apps, virtual desktops and IT support for mobile workers. It can be used as a battery-free backup device in the event that a primary device is stolen or lost.

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The deviceEUs virtualization portfolio includes the Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager for mobile device and application management/control, and desktop virtualization solutions from Citrix, Microsoft or VMware, which are Dell partners. Access to files and apps is offered through Dell Wyse PocketCloud and customer support worldwide is through Dell ProSupport for Cloud.

Dell, newly privatized and looking for ways to stake claim to unique product spaces, described Cloud Connect as EUa new category of smart connected device.EU Steve Lalla, VP and GM for Dell Cloud Client-Computing, said in a statement that the new product EUis a disruptive device,EU which can EUunlock new options for our customers to access their data and applications by combining mobility, manageability and security with a powerful user experience at an affordable price-point.EU

In its announcement, Dell cited comments from Wang Jim, GM at ChinaEUs State Grid Electric Power Research Institute. He said that the device, EUmerely the size of a wireless network card,EU is nevertheless...

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