The Ceptor is strictly an enterprise thin client device compared to other devices being released into the market such as Dell’s Project Ophelia. The Ceptor, designed as an enterprise $99 thin client that operates within an existing Citrix, RDP or VMware environment. Ceptor is a device that turns any HDMI display into a thin client. The Ceptor provides a cloud environment experience that allows users to access their hosted desktops by running thin client operating system – DeTOS and managed by Echo thin client management platform.
With the limited information available behind Dell’s Project Ophelia it has been hard to compare the two directly. In our efforts to get definitive specs on Ophelia, we have concluded Dell has not released anything that goes into detail on the product specifications. What Dell has said so far is they are running Rockchip RK3066 (1.6 GHz dual core) and is running the android platform (Jellybean 4.2.2). It will have 1 GB of ram and 8GB storage with an SD card slot. Everything published about Ophelia, makes the device feel like it is created for the consumer market and not as an enterprise class device. So from that standpoint even though the devices have similar form factors they would target different user markets.
The only feature about Ophelia that would make it slightly compete with Devon IT’s Ceptor from an enterprise/VDI stand point is the fact that it comes pre-loaded with WYSE PocketCloud. PocketCloud is an app available on the Google and Apple APP store, so can be accessed with any phone. It has two flavors; the base mode which is free that allows you to access files and your desktop on your PC. Again it is a consumer product. The pro-version has more features; the main one is a more robust RDP client which would fit as an Enterprise class device, along with a VMware Horizon View. At an added cost of $15, unlike the Ceptor which already comes fully manageable by Echo thin client management software.
Ceptor is a much more secure and enterprise ready device. So in a head to head competition, in the thin client market the Ceptor is a device that fits a whole lot better. Ophelia may have some flexibility in what it can do because it is running android, but it is a much more consumer based device that has Wyse pocketcloud thrown in.
In a head to head competition in the thin client computing market Dell’s Project Ophelia appears to be more consumer centric focusing on hosting apps where the Ceptor is designed as a fully manageable hosted virtual desktop for enterprise thin client computing solutions. The Android operating system will be seen as a hindrance for Ophelia in the enterprise space. It has Pocketcloud, but that still doesn’t give it the full feature set of a thin client and it also still has android as the base OS. Where the Ceptor used DeTOS and Linux based OS creating a secure virtual device that is fully manageable by Echo the web based thin client management software.
The Difference in Product Video even screams Ophelia is for Consumers, Ceptor is for the Enterprise.
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