At VMware’s VMworld 2011 conference in August, VMware announced the forthcoming release of VMware View 5. At the same time, thin client vendor Wyse made this announcement, saying that their thin client devices will have “Day One” support for VMware View 5 upon release:
SAN JOSE, Calif. – 08/30/2011 – Today at VMworld® 2011, Wyse Technology, the global leader in cloud client computing, announced support for VMware View™ 5 upon release. … Day One support for VMware View 5 validates the close technology partnership between the two companies.
Wyse hardware and software that support VMware View 5 include:
- Wyse P20 zero client (hardware PCoIP)
- Wyse Microsoft Windows Embedded thin client family
- Wyse-enhanced SUSE Linux thin client family
- Wyse ThinOS thin client family
- Wyse PocketCloud for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & Android smartphones and tablet devices
My beef is that VMware View 5 was released two weeks after the conference (VMware Announces General Availability of View 5 – View 5 in the House!) and yet, Wyse still has not provided a VMware View 5 client for their C50LE thin clients, which run the SUSE Linux OS that was specifically mentioned in their “Day One” press release.
When I called Wyse tech support, they explained that my confusion is that while VMware View 5 is available, the Linux-based thin client is not yet available. Once VMware provides Wyse a View 5 client for Linux, Wyse will make it available for its C50LE thin clients.
Fine. I think it was sleazy for Wyse to include the “Wyse-enhanced SUSE Linux thin client family” devices in their press release when they knew a VMware View 5 client wouldn’t be ready on “Day One,” but they are sticking to their position.