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Dell puts a cloud in your pocket


Why yes, that is the cloud in my pocket. Dell is creating what it calls a new device category with the launch Wednesday of Dell Wyse Cloud Connect.

Essentially, it’s a pocket-sized onramp to the cloud. Dell describes it as an ultra-compact, mobile cloud-access device that delivers desktop virtualization and access to personal cloud services when plugged into any HDMI- or MHL-enabled display. Organizations can use it to deliver streaming cloud services and IT solutions with enterprise-level security, manageability and reliability to their mobile workers.

It’s a new end-user device category, said Dell, that bridges tin clients and mobile devices. It seems use cases such as mobile workers, students, digital signage, kiosks and other space-constrained environments. It’s part of Dell’s end-to-end desktop virtualization portfolio, which includes software for mobile device and application management and control with Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager, desktop virtualization tools from partners Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, and support through Dell ProSupport for Cloud.

“Small, smart and secure; Cloud Connect is a disruptive device,” said Steve Lalla, vice-president and general manager for Dell cloud client-computing, in a statement. “We unlock 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.”

Cloud Connect is prices at US$129 each, and is available now. Accessories such as MHL-capable displays, and Bluetooth mice and keyboards, are also available.