I have been provided with a brand new Zero Client Thin Device produced by a company called 10ZiG. This is yet another device supporting PCoIP natively amongst a whole new generation of products focused on delivering desktops with the VMware-Teradici co-developed display protocol.
Some products like the Samsung NC Series are a really break-through offering integrated thin client and display at a not so affordable price, especially when looking at VDI solutions from a CAPEX reduction perspective.
The 10ZiG V9000 device follow the same line of Wyse clients, providing a slim device without moving parts, operating system independent, driverless, stateless and energy efficient. These devices I have in my home lab came loaded with the Teradici 1100 PCoIP Processor, Multi monitor support (4) with maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 and they provide full USB and audio support.
I don’t want this to be a sales speech so I will try to keep clean and short.
The 10ZiG V9000 uses the same OEM hardware used by Wyse clients. Yes, exact same hardware produced by the same factory somewhere in HK or Malaysia, according to my sources. Pricewise it is a little bit cheaper, but is still on the same price range of the Wyse Zero Clients. Try bulk buy for bigger discounts.
What I like about the device
- Four USB in total, 2 in the front and 2 at the back.
- Good video PCoIP quality. I used gigabit Ethernet.
- Good audio quality. I used gigabit Ethernet.
- Doesn’t look ugly on my desk.
- Remote PC button
- My Wife used the device and didn’t even notice she was running a remote desktop. Ok, not that she would count!
What I don’t like about the device
- There are two DVI connections at the back of the device, no VGA. Additionally, no converter is provided as part of the kit. I was not able to use my spare old VGA monitor.
- No DVI cables are provided with the device.
- The device base holder needs to be screwed. This will make difficult a massive distribution of the device across the organisation.
- The device gets very hot. Not sure why.
Besides the Samsung PCoIP displays all these devices are very similar. They are either running the same OEM hardware and/or Teradici PCoIP firmware. My recommendation is to ask for couple devices from each one of the vendors and run your own sequence of tests to decide on the best device for your organisation. Make sure you get extended warranty as these devices normally will require replacement.
Intellitek is the distributor of the 10ZiG V9000 in Australia and they will be at Sydney vForum’2010. Worth to check it out, and they told me they will be demonstrating the product live on their booth. You will find more information at www.10zig.com or www.intellitek.com.au
Now the question is… will they let me keep the device I have in my homelab?