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 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.

  • Flynn is seen here having simulated a "catastrophic failure," in this instance by physically pulling the blade from the rack. HP is selling its blade system on this point; in the event of a failure the system is able to assign the user a new blade "on the fly".

    Due to the user's data being stored separate to the blade on a NAS, no data was lost. We didn't find out what would happen if the NAS failed.

    In the event of such a catastrophic failure, HP can ship the administrator a new blade. "From the point of view of an IT administrator, you basically become a shopping cart," Flynn said.

  • This is what is what the situation would look like from the user end in the event of blade failure, or in this instance an IT anarchist simply pulling the blade from the system.

    In our demonstration the terminal went down for about a minute, and within that time the session allocation manager was able to provide a new blade, which then required the user to log on again.

    Flynn said that a typical ratio for redundant backup blades was about one-hundred to one, but that would vary depending on how mission critical the system was. Flynn said that different user groups can be assigned higher privileges or more backup blades.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Tech Industry

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