Amid the backdrop of explosive BYOD adoption, Dell's plans for Wyse, a thin client vendor that the company acquired in April, have come into sharper focus this week.
The IT systems maker is wading into the SaaS-enabled, mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) waters with the launch of Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager. The service, formerly called Project Stratus, will help IT managers deal with the challenges of supporting the steady stream of non-corporate owned devices that are wending their way into the workplace, said Tarkan Maner, VP and general manager for Cloud Client Computing at Dell.
"With BYOD, IT departments have to grapple with the complexity of managing and securing the diversity of operating systems and devices," said Maner in a statement. Dell's latest IT management offering is meant to remedy that by shifting much of that burden to the cloud.
"Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager reduces the burden of IT management by providing a comprehensive overview of all devices, applications and content on the network at any given time, as well as by providing a granular approach to accessing corporate resources," added Maner.
Among Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager's main selling points is the ability to extend over-the-air MDM and MAM to devices running iOS and Android, the two most popular mobile OS platforms. Additionally, it offers Wyse thin client administration and provides remote desktop and content management features via Dell Wyse PocketCloud software integration, along with real-time reporting, alerts and analytics.
But the real draw, Dell hopes, is the cloud's penchant for freeing up in-house IT resources and lowering costs. "Through a single, cloud-based console, Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager enables IT to securely manage company- and user-owned devices alongside end user access to company applications and content, without the burden of ongoing solution installation, updates and maintenance," said the company.
Further lightening the load for IT manager is a self-service portal for end users. Supplemented by policy-based restrictions and user management capabilities, the user dashboard allows workers to register their devices, view policies that govern their use, and if necessary, locate, lock or wipe mobiles that are lost or stolen.
Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager is available now. Service is currently limited to the US and Canada, but the company expects to open it up to other markets next year.