For a long time now, ClearCube has led the pack in terms of the breadth of its Zero client computing solutions for VDI, Cloud hosted desktops and centralized computing. In contrast to other vendors, ClearCube has tried to differentiate itself by offering a huge range of options in its client products. For example, ClearCube was the first to market with Teradici PC-over-IP technology, quad monitor Zero clients, fiber connected Zero clients and more recently, with a secure solution called the “ClientCube”. This rather novel device supports 4 simultaneous connections to different classifications of government networks and integrates a hardened KVM switch in the chassis. Numerous other options have included smart card (CAC) readers, a variety of ports and connectivity options and software management for these devices via the ClearCube Sentral software.
On May 16th, 2012 ClearCube issued a press release announcing that it was further expanding its offering of Zero client devices by adding highly secure, TEMPEST certified Zero client solutions. These devices are particularly suited to the needs of governmental customers such as NATO bases, US Embassies and other secure facilities. The company’s press release lists the following standards and certifications which the new devices comply with:
“The CIS TEMPEST Zero Clients are CTP II certified to meet the following TEMPEST standards:
- NSTISSAM 1-92 Level I and Level II
- NATO SDIP-27 Level A (formerly AMSG 720B)
- NATO SDIP-27 Level B (formerly AMSG 788A)”
ClearCube arguably already fields the broadest range of Zero clients, and this latest announcement is definitely a natural evolutionary growth path for them. While there are rumblings that PC-over-IP ASIC technology will evolve to natively support Quad monitor capabilities, these rumors have been circulating for almost 2 years now. The reality is that even today, ClearCube provides only one of two quad monitor PC-over-IP solutions. The other being UK-based Amulet Hotkey. We believe ClearCube is continuing to innovate in the Zero client space to ensure that even as the underlying ASIC or software infrastructure subsumes some of the unique capabilities of their platform, they continue to stay several steps ahead of the commodity solution set.
It will be interesting to see how the ClearCube product family evolves from here and whether they grow beyond PC-over-IP and their own analog technology. Any support for RemoteFX or HDX around the corner? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!