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July 19, 2018

Linux Thin Clients can be the Perfect VDI Endpoint Solution

Linux Thin Client Devices can be the Perfect VDI Endpoint

Linux Thin Clients Solved Conestoga Wood Specialties’ VDI Problems

In business since 1964 and a long-time 10ZiG customer, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation (Conestoga) has built their reputation as America’s leading supplier of custom cabinet doors and wood cabinet components. Their focus is dependability and their commitment is supporting cabinet manufacturers with the highest quality products, the most ethical business practices, and the best record for complete and on-time delivery within their industry. As a wood product manufacturer, Conestoga’s shop environment is a very dusty one. Wanting to track various processes and stages that their product cycles go through, they needed to add PCs, which generally do not hold up well in this type of environment. A Linux Thin Client OS environment was their perfect VDI solution; and, here’s why.

Up until about 2006, Conestoga was using IBM dumb terminals on their dusty shop floor that were connected to their IBM AS/400. Learning that Twinax connections were no longer going to be part of IBM’s future, and wanting to do more at their work stations in the dusty shop, Conestoga decided to demo and go with the option of, then BOSaNOVA, 10ZiG Thin Clients for their Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environment. The main goal of Conestoga was to have numerous workstations on their shop floor that would report the various steps of their wood manufacturing process as needed. Their manufacturing paperwork is barcoded. As an order moves through the plant, it is scanned into their system as the manufacturing process steps are completed in real time. This is done with scanners, which are connected via USB port to Thin Clients. The Thin Clients are also used for other tracking purposes on the floor – shipping/packaging, information entry, quality control reporting with products, and inventory searches and follow up. Staff is also able to use their intranet to check email via Outlook web access, look up documents in the document control center, open Word and Excel docs through Open Office, and more. Linux Thin Client devices by 10ZiG Technology ended up working for them and fitting their needs.

Linux Thin Clients by 10ZiG with The 10ZiG Manager; a Winning VDI Combination for Conestoga

The ultimate solution that Conestoga chose was 10ZiG Linux Thin Client OS environment. Working with 10ZiG from 2006-to-date… initially, their purchases were 10ZiG BOSaNOVA hardware; and over the years, many rebranded 10ZiG Thin Client purchases were solutions as well. Fast-forward to present day, where Conestoga currently uses Linux Thin Client 10ZiG 5802q Series devices. As a result, they have ordered many of the wireless version, obviously also saving money by not having to run wires. They do have a robust wireless infrastructure at most of their sites as of today. They also use the free 10ZiG ManagerCentralized Management Software utility, to copy and configure all new Linux Thin Clients before deploying them, saving them tremendous time – and also for uploading new firmware. To date, Conestoga has hundreds of 10ZiG/BOSaNOVA devices in production in all of their sites, collectively. 10ZiG Linux Thin Client devices work very well with their IBM AS/400 platform; they are durable and highly functional in the wood shop’s manufacturing environment, and the 10ZiG Manager makes it easy for them to roll out additional new 10ZiG Linux Thin Client devices.

“We have never heard anything but good things regarding our 10ZiG Linux Thin Client devices. The benefits that we see are that employees who work on the shop floor are able to quickly report what is happening at any given moment with our many product orders that are in the production process. We continue to have a close relationship with 10ZiG and we don’t see that changing because our company continues to rely heavily on the IBM AS/400 (IBM i) and we need those 10ZiG Thin Clients out on our shop floor. Customer service and technical support are also great. I do recommend 10ZiG to other companies.” -Kevin Z., iSeries System Manager, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation.

Linux Thin Clients & Zero Clients from 10ZiG; a Wide Variety of Endpoint Solutions

10ZiG Technology offers a wide selection of powerful, reliable, and affordable Linux Thin and Zero Client devices. Our Clients are constructed to provide the best performance possible in VDI and Server-Based Applications/Desktops for hosted and cloud environments. 10ZiG Linux Thin Clients are optimized for the latest desktop technologies including VMware, Citrix and Microsoft and harness the power of protocols such as PCoIP, Blast Extreme, HDX, HDX Premium, HDX 3D Pro and RDP. 10ZiG Thin Clients have been designed to meet the needs of all types of users, from task-based users, to power users requiring full HD multimedia, 3D, CAD and/or Triple of Quad Screen support. Our Linux Thin Client devices come in a thoughtfully constructed set of benefit features designed to ensure you receive the proper Thin Client based on your consumption and power needs.

Find your VDI Endpoint Solution:

Linux Thin Client 4400 Series: The 4400 Series Thin Client is the 10ZiG value class offering. Running on an Intel 1.33GHz Dual Core processor, it's the perfect hardware for task-based workers. Offering Dual Screen capability as standard and VESA mountable steel casing, this small form factor hardware is a serious choice for business and task users. This is the most economical, energy and space saving hardware 10ZiG offers, yet still provides high-performance multimedia acceleration.

Linux Thin Client 5800q Series: The 5800q Series is where power, performance, and reliability combine to offer the most versatile Thin Client on the market. Powered by an Intel 2.0 GHz Quad Core Processor and capable of speeds of up to 2.42 GHz with Intel Boost Technology, the 5800q provides support for Full HD Audio/Video, Flash, HTML5, 3D and CAD performance. With a CHOICE of either dual DisplayPort OR dual DVI, this model gives you Dual Screen as standard, 7 x USB ports including USB 3.0, optional wireless and is encased in a sleek, space saving and VESA Mountable chassis.

Linux Thin Client 5900q Series: The 5900q is the newest model to 10ZiG product lineup and is the first in the industry to fully support a triple-monitor 4K UHD setup at the absolute highest performance levels never seen before in a thin client. The new 10ZiG 5900q Series is based on the Intel Braswell Refresh CPU platform. The 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz/ 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz support allows for a maximum of three simultaneous displays, including an in-demand 1x HDMI / 2x DisplayPort combination. The CPU features the quad-core Intel Pentium Processor N series N3710, has new Touch Technology with a rotating "ports-on-foot" stand and comes with a rare find of optional PoE.

Linux Thin Client 7800q Series: The 7800q series is the ultimate in Thin Client computing and is the future of today's virtual desktop. Powered by an industry leading AMD Steppe-Eagle 2.4GHz Quad Core Processor and an integrated GPU (AMD Radeon R5E), the 7800q Series is the solution for the most demanding users in your organization. On top of support for Full HD Audio/Video, Flash, HTML5, 3D and CAD performance, the 7800q Series offers Dual DisplayPorts, optional Legacy Serial and Parallel support, optional wireless and the ability to support a single resolution up to 4K (3849 x 2160 @ 30Hz) or dual resolution up to 2560 x 1600.

At 10ZiG, our customized Linux Thin Client VDI endpoints are based on your user needs and budgets. Our devices are future-proof, allowing for updates/upgrades, without having to fully replace the hardware. No-obligation, VDI endpoint Thin Client & Zero Client FREE demo devices, Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and U.K., and The 10ZiG Manager our exclusive centralized management software console with Cloud capabilities at no charge with unlimited end user licenses… are all a part of 10ZiG.