HP Expands Desktop Virtualization with Thin Client
- By Rutrell Yasin
Hewlett-Packard has expanded its role in the desktop virtualization arena with
new mobile thin client hardware, extended software offerings and deeper industry
The HP 2533t Mobile Thin Client combines HP's thin client and business notebook
PC technologies to improve data security, ease of use and reliability, company
The device provides increased protection of data and software applications
by storing files on a secure, centralized server. No data resides on the mobile
thin client, so it cannot be compromised if the device is lost or stolen.
The solid-state system has flash memory and no moving parts. It features the
HP DuraCase, a strong outer casing that protects the top and bottom of the computer
in rigorous mobile-user environments.
The HP 2533t weighs 3 pounds and has a 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen LED display.
It adds a smaller, lighter option to the portfolio's 15.4-inch HP 6720t
Mobile Thin Client, company officials said.
HP also plans to work with virtualization software vendors to expand its Remote
Graphics Software (RGS) technology and give users a richer media experience.
RGS captures the desktop image of the remote or virtual system and transmits
it -- using advanced image compression technology -- via a standard network
to a window on a local thin client.
HP will work with vendors to improve video performance, interoperability and
the scalability of large virtual desktop implementations serving business PC
users, officials said.
They added that the company's full portfolio of Citrix-ready thin clients and
blade client products is now available with Citrix
VMware has certified HP's thin clients for compatibility with VMware's
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, an integrated desktop virtualization solution
that allows information technology employees to manage virtual machines from
the data center and deliver business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities
to desktop PCs.
Rutrell Yasin is the senior technology editor of Government Computer News (GCN.com).