Photos: HP prefers clients to be thin

Photos: HP prefers clients to be thin

Summary: According to HP, the sexiest thing in IT right now is thin clients. Our photo gallery gives you an inside look into HP's latest thin client technology — and what happens when it breaks.


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  • This is HP's latest thin client blade system as it looks from the client side. Tom Flynn, HP's expert on the subject, said the system separated the graphics display, storage and the computational hardware into three separate parts.

    In this case, the storage is a NAS system that can be networked to the blade server. Alternatively, it can be outsourced to a remote location.

  • This is the server-end of the thin client setup, with the blades in the bottom and the terminal at the top. Running on the terminal you can see the Session Allocation Manager — HP's software for managing the blades.

    The Session Allocation manager allows you to log the sessions of all users, and assign different privileges to different users or groups.

    The blades themselves are quite small. According to Flynn "you can put 280 of these in a 42 unit rack — with a total of 14 wires coming out the back."

  • This is the thin client terminal that runs the access point, seen here. According to Flynn, the "enemies of reliability are heat and moving parts," and thus the access point has neither. It runs on flash memory, which Flynn said gives the unit a lifespan of 25 years.

    You can see the unit features two USB ports on the front for additional connections. Flynn said the USB ports can be disabled if administrators prefer additional security.

    The access point also has the option of wireless networking.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Tech Industry

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