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Using a Bloomberg Keyboard with Nutanix Frame!

By Kevin Cooke & Michael Yannotti

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We are very excited to share a demo of the new Generic USB Redirection feature of the Nutanix Frame® DaaS solution (which is now available in Early Access with the release of Frame App for Windows 6.7 and later)!

Generic USB Redirection further expands Frame’s support for USB peripheral devices, including advanced/specialty devices such as Bloomberg® keyboards!

In this blog we will demonstrate the seamless integration of Bloomberg multi-function keyboards within a Frame session via the Frame App. For those unfamiliar, Bloomberg keyboards are specialized devices used by financial services customers to interface with the Bloomberg Anywhere™ solution. The keyboard not only includes Bloomberg-specific function and menu keys, but also built-in speakers as well as an integrated biometric fingerprint scanner for multi-factor authentication into Bloomberg Anywhere.

Figure 1: Bloomberg Starboard STB100 Keyboard

Get Your Demo Setup

For these demos we are using a Bloomberg Starboard™ STB100 keyboard that is connected to a Windows 10 laptop. We are then accessing Bloomberg Anywhere, which is installed on our Frame virtual desktop (non-persistent, Windows 10) via the Frame App.

Demo #1 - Accessing Bloomberg Anywhere with Biometric MFA (Frame App)

In this first demo, we are accessing Bloomberg Anywhere using the built-in biometric fingerprint scanner for authentication with the Frame App.

Demo #2 - Accessing Bloomberg Anywhere with B-UNIT MFA (Web Browser)

For Bloomberg users who wish to access Bloomberg Anywhere running in Frame with just a web browser, the STB100 keyboard also functions well when used in conjunction with the Bloomberg B-UNIT device, which is a portable fingerprint scanner device.

Take Frame for a Spin

With Frame, our goal is to demystify and simplify virtual apps and desktops, making it easily accessible for end-users and administrators alike. We are very pleased to be able to now extend this solution to customers who require advanced USB devices such as Bloomberg keyboards.

If you would like to try Frame for yourself, start your test drive today!

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