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 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.

  • This is the blade itself, seen here with 2GB of RAM and an AMD Athlon CPU.

    Flynn said that HP chose AMD because "they gave us the best power, price and performance in the power envelope that we are looking at".

    Flynn said that power efficiency was another advantage of a thin client system — he said a typical blade draws about 25W — so ten blades are equal to one desktop in terms of power consumption.

  • This is the complete setup: blade server, access point, client side display and server side display showing the Session Allocation Manager.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Tech Industry

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