Dell Extends BYOD Reach with Wyse PocketCloud

Dell's cloud-connected file and content sharing platform targets more tablet users as it heads to iPad and Windows RT.

Dell today announced that PocketCloud Explore is now available for Apple's iPad and tablets running Microsoft's Windows RT operating system, an ARM-compatible version of Windows 8 for ARM-powered devices like the Surface.

The move marks Dell's latest effort to bring Wyse's technology, which it acquired in April, to bear on the fast-growing bring your own device (BYOD) movement. Earlier this month, the IT giant launched Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager (formerly Project Stratus), a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) service. Now the company is taking aim at remote file access and sharing.

Previously available for Android and iOS devices like the iPhone and iPod touch, PocketCloud Explore is a content sharing platform that allows users to remotely access, view, edit and share files stored across devices and the product's "Cloudbin" online storage component. Dell claims that PocketCloud apps have racked up more than 3.7 million downloads to date.

PocketCloud apps have won over users, too. Currently they enjoy 4 to 4.5 star ratings on Apple App Store and Google Play, said Dell.

The new apps expand the BYOD-friendly technology's reach to more platforms, but more critically, it simplifies file access and management for more tablet users, said Tarkan Maner, VP and general manager of Cloud Client Computing at Dell.

"With the larger and more user-friendly interface available on tablet devices, users can do it all, from sharing personal memories to editing professional documents. Dell Wyse PocketCloud solutions make cloud computing less 'pie in the sky', and more 'palm of your hand, as users are able to not only access all their assets from their mobile devices, but also change, upload and delete them at will," explained Maner in a company statement.

Dell also announced today PocketCloud Web, a service that mimics PocketCloud Explore's features but makes them available on any Web browser. The company also revealed that its client broker for Windows (also available on Mac), called PocketCloud Companion, will be preinstalled on all Dell XPS and Dell Inspiron computers shipped in North America going forward.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.




Tags: Dell, Wyse, BYOD


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