With next generation capabilities including native dual screen, 4k support, USB 3.0, enriched CPU and GPU, and up to 4 GB RAM, the Raspberry Pi 4 further establishes the Citrix Ready workspace hub as a viable alternative to x86 Thin Clients.
The long anticipated Raspberry Pi 4 device has been released, and we couldn’t be more excited. Stratodesk NoTouch OS already runs on the next generation device, and we couldn’t be happier with the results – it offers a truly PC comparable experience while also enabling the versatility and low cost that have helped propel the Raspberry Pi platform to where it is today.
Furthermore, the Raspberry Pi 4 marks a turning point in the evolution of the Citrix Ready workspace hub. No longer will users need to bother with additional hardware in order to enable dual view. The low cost IoT endpoint powered by Stratodesk software and backed by ViewSonic, NComputing and ClearCube hardware is now a more viable alternative to traditional x86 Thin Clients than ever, thanks to the Raspberry Pi 4’s incredible speed and enhanced native capabilities.
Raspberry Pi 4 – What’s New
The Raspberry Pi 4 marks a landmark achievement and advancement in technology. It has made the great jump to an impressive new 4 GB of fast memory while also adding support for 4k displays. Additionally, it supports gigabit ethernet, boasts an increase in processor speed to 1.5HG, and includes a USB 3.0.
The base Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is still available for $35 with 1GB LPDDR4 memory, but for the first time on a Raspberry Pi, users can pay a little extra in order to unlock additional memory options. 2GB of memory is available for $45 while a board with 4GB memory is available for $55.
Lastly, and also for the first time ever, the Raspberry Pi 4 brings native dual screen monitoring to the Raspberry Pi platform. If the rest of these updates have not already caused the traditional x86 Thin Client market to feel the shockwave of the Raspberry Pi, this latest installment in its history of technological breakthroughs will surely cause the entire industry to tremble.
No longer will it be necessary to use additional hardware to enable something so common for enterprise use cases as multi monitoring. Raspberry Pi Thin Clients like the Citrix Ready workspace hub will simply have dual view capabilities ready directly out of the box.
What the Raspberry Pi 4 Means for the Thin Client Market
Today, organizations are successfully deploying the Citrix Ready workspace hub in production environments and reaping its many rewards. These include significantly reduced endpoint procurement costs and streamlined endpoint management that reduces the average PC endpoint/refresh time from 4 business weeks to just 4 days.
Though the workspace hub is already considered a serious competitor to traditional x86 Thin Clients, the new Raspberry Pi 4 will certainly impact the Raspberry Pi based Citrix Ready workspace hub’s future. Quite simply, the Raspberry Pi 4 will solidify the Raspberry Pi Thin Client’s reputation as a fully enterprise ready alternative to traditional x86 Thin Clients.
With a user experience equivalent to PCs, lighting fast speed, full dual view support, 4k, and additional RAM options, the fully established and well received Raspberry Pi platform, together with Stratodesk software, NComputing, ViewSonic and ClearCube backed hardware, and intelligent digital workspace solutions from Citrix, has fulfilled the original vision of the Citrix Ready workspace hub.
Together, we have created the de facto Raspberry Pi Thin Client solution that stands in the space where peak VDI and IoT innovations and use cases converge.
*January 2021 Update – Windows Virtual Desktop Linux Client on Stratodesk for the Raspberry Pi
As of December 2020, Stratodesk has again proven our commitment to innovating the Raspberry Pi as a Thin Client with the announcement of the worldwide availability of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Linux Client on the Raspberry Pi!