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Network World - Along with Cisco’s announcement this week that its Cius tablet computer will ship on July 31 for $750 is the unveiling of an app store for the new product.
Cisco introduced AppHQ, an application “ecosystem” assembled specifically for its Cius business tablet computer. AppHQ is a cloud-based user storefront intended to provide users with a way to quickly deploy enterprise tablet applications, especially collaboration apps.
Cius, which was unveiled a year ago, is an Android-based tablet created for the enterprise that combines voice, video, collaboration, and virtualization capabilities. It is designed to provide enterprise customers with a portable collaboration platform by combining phone, videoconferencing and business application execution in a tablet form factor.
And as we all know, a computer – PC, server, laptop, tablet, handheld or pocket-sized – is only as good as the applications that make it an indispensible utility. So herewith are the 10 most compelling applications that may or may not make Cius an indispensible business productivity utility for enterprises:
Wyse PocketCloud Pro. Allows users to access remote hosted desktops, files and Windows apps securely from Cius, and enables remote access to virtual hosted desktops over Wi-Fi. Allows use of Cius to access any file and run any application on remote desktops. Eliminates the need for a laptop to make a presentation, access a remote report, or edit and e-mail a spreadsheet remotely.
VMware View Client. Enables access to Windows virtual desktops from Cius with “the best possible user experience” on a LAN or across a wide area network. Supports the PCoIP display protocol for optimized performance. Requires VMware View 4.6 or later.
Citrix Receiver for Cius. Provides remote access to XenApp applications, documents and desktops. Users can use Citrix Receiver to check e-mail, review documents, tune into project dashboards and approve expenses from Cius, provided their company uses Citrix to host applications.
WorkPlace. Presents business metrics on a mobile device. Provides dashboards, charts and other graphics to allow users to assess the performance of their business wherever they are. Enables interconnection of existing databases, dashboards, scorecards, spreadsheets, and portals so users won’t have to rewrite business intelligence aggregators. Delivers current web-based applications based on employee role within the company.
ARALOC Content Protection and Distribution. Allows customers to distribute confidential and proprietary content while maintaining control over its use. ARALOC employs 256-bit AES encryption, content license technology and rights controls to protect against piracy and unauthorized viewing. ARALOC supports many file formats, including WMV, MOV, MP3, MP4, JPG, PNG, GIF, SWF, HTM, HTML, TXT, and Microsoft Office content in Word, as well as Excel and PowerPoint formats. All of these formats can be mixed in a single protected package, the company says.