That was a loaded question, given that Wyse invented the first thin client device in 1994 and has been making them ever since. But even Maner admitted that it's still not possible to do everything in the cloud.
Still, it is reasonable to ask whether full-blown PCs are needed when cloud applications or a virtual desktop can deliver the functionality required by particular groups of users. PCs cost more than thin clients, require more management, and need to be replaced more often.
Speaking during a keynote session at the Citrix Synergy 2011 conference, Maner also identified and refuted a number of myths about the cloud.
'It's not reliable, secure or private' - planes are safer than cars, he observed (see also "Cloud insecurity a myth, says Citrix executive"), and similarly clouds can be engineered to meet these requirements. But it is important to manage the relationships involved, he warned.
'It's only for consumers and SMEs' - telcos such as NTT in Japan are already delivering cloud services to enterprise customers.
Tarkan Maner, president and CEO of Wyse
Please read on to page two for the rest of Maner's list of myths, and his recommendations for going cloud.