Reports of the network computer's death appear to have been greatly exaggerated, as Wyse Technology will announce its latest thin-client solution next week, the Winterm 5355SE.
Trying to capitalise on the trend towards application outsourcing and the built-in terminal server capabilities of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 2000 operating system, Wyse is offering its latest "network terminal" as an alternative to PC solutions, which can be complex and limiting.
"There is nothing more important than accessing the network servers and data," said Jeff McNaught, vice president of marketing at Wyse. "And you don't need 30 million lines of code on your desktop to do it."
Calling it the "Swiss Army knife" of thin clients, the Winterm 5355SE offers access to Windows and Unix via a variety of protocols. The $US839 machine is available immediately.
Analysts agreed that access is the key word in client-side computing.
"Information access is becoming one of the most important factors driving corporate computing today, and thin clients are an important desktop option by which companies can choose to access information," said Eileen O'Brien, an analyst at International Data Corp. (IDC), in Framingham, Massachusetts.
The Winterm 5355SE features a 200MHz MediaGX processor, 40MB of RAM, 1 PC Card slot, and audio. It also plugs into network management tools such as Computer Associates International's Unicenter TNG, IBM Tivoli, HP OpenView and Compaq Insight Manager.