The Ultimate Guide to Raspberry Pi in 2020

The Raspberry Pi has come a long way from educational device to IoT endpoint. Here’s everything you need to know about the world’s favorite little computing device.

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit card-sized computer with big ambitions. Originally, it was made to teach tech newcomers about computers. Thanks to the ever ingenious nature of IT leaders, however, the potential use cases for the device expanded far beyond academia. Today, the Raspberry Pi is used in a plethora of settings by enterprises and organizations around the world.

History of the Raspberry Pi

Since then, the Raspberry Pi has grown into a worldwide phenomenon.

What’s with the Name?

Working As a Business Device

The question became a serious one with the release of the Pi 2B and then the 3B versions. These updated Raspberry Pis showed great advancements in terms of power and flexibility when compared to the original Raspberry Pi. Right under IT’s nose, an alternative, next-evolution endpoint had taken shape.

From this early stage, tech leaders saw the possibility of the Pi. One promising application was that of a VDI thin client. However, there were several problems standing in the way of the Raspberry Pi and becoming a true alternative endpoint.

Perceived Challenges with the new “VDI” Device

One concern was the fact that the current Raspberry Pi models did not include native support for dual monitor display. Because dual monitors are standard in enterprise settings, this was a major hurdle to overcome. Indeed, it wouldn’t be overcome entirely until the release of the Raspberry Pi 4.

Raspberry Pis also faced a management crisis. In an enterprise setting, IT managers must be able to easily and securely manage all endpoints. Additionally, most endpoint deployments already contained x86 Thin Clients. How do you add Raspberry Pis into the mix, and how can you manage both together?

Lastly, it seemed unlikely an OS existed that was capable of running on a Raspberry Pi device. It had to be minimal enough, powerful enough, and be ready to connect to VDI solutions providers directly out of the box. IT managers can’t be at each and every location that a device is needed. Setting up the Pi-based Thin Client would need to be streamlined

The First Major Leap Towards An Enterprise Ready Pi

The workspace hub met rave reviews from tech leaders, and customers around the country were able to solve complex use cases, including making work from home easy for many workers.

A Comparison Between Raspberry Pis and Traditional, x86 Thin Clients

The Traditional Thin Client Option

The Raspberry Pi Advantage

The Pi 4 Revolution

What’s more, Stratodesk solidified its mark as the de facto Thin Client OS for Raspberry Pi when it announced day one support for the Pi 4.

Going Above and Beyond the Pi Thin Client

Stratodesk software works with these Raspberry Pi IoT endpoints. Indeed, even the early manifestations of the Citrix Ready workspace hub contained IoT capabilities, like Citrix Casting and proximity authentication. As we head into the future, Raspberry Pis will be used to solve even more creative use cases. And NoTouch software is the ideal platform to make this vision into a reality.

Originally published at https://www.stratodesk.com on May 15, 2020.

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