One solution I saw at HP Discover that I don’t think I blogged about before was the new award winning thin client solution that HP released. Even though thin-client devices have been around for decades, this is by far the most power efficient and flexible all-in-one device. This was one device that I took many of the non-HP bloggers over and showed them, explaining why I thought it was exciting. After they looked at its innocuous exterior and we discussed the possibilities, they were interested too.
What thrilled me about the HP t410 All-in-One Smart Zero Client is that the thin-client and the display are contained in one unit making the device look like a desktop monitor, taking up very little room, even when a keyboard and mouse are added. Its power is provided by Power over Ethernet, so there is only one cable that plugs into it – the Ethernet cable. This includes powering the 18.5 inch monitor. This is an unprecedented level of efficiency. Most PoE devices are small and dedicated to performing one function, but not this one.
It supports Microsoft®, Citrix and VMware (including PCoIP) desktop virtualization implementations in a single “appliance” set-up. Support effort for the device is almost non-existent.
Thin-client solutions are ideal for implementation in schools, hospitals and other places where power consumption, security, flexibility and ease of maintenance are important. With a low cost, high-performance device like this I just saw the possibilities blossoming into whole other areas, but that might just be because of my manufacturing plant floor roots.