HP introduced new Thin Clients Portfolio to Enhance Client Virtualization
HP expanded its thin client portfolio, introducing new models specifically designed to help its customers develop and expand their client virtualization platform across the enterprise, benefiting businesses by providing a more secure, reliable and superior user experience.
The offerings include:
- HP gt7720 Performance Series and HP t5730w and HP t5630w Flexible Series Thin Clients, which enhance the core features of Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard, the next generation of Windows XP Embedded, by providing additional rich multimedia, deployment and management functionality to businesses running Windows-based remote computing architectures.
- Availability of HP Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Enhancements software to provide easy, out-of-the-box multimedia and USB device redirection.
- Collaboration between HP and VMware to allow HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) to deliver a rich multimedia and collaborative VMware virtual desktop experience.
- HP Client Automation support for HP thin clients, an enterprise-wide client management solution that helps administrators set alerts to identify potential issues before they happen or to automatically update administrative requirements, which keeps devices up to date without additional labor.
"The combination of HP software and thin client hardware ensures the enhanced productivity and superior user experience needed to deploy remote client virtualization to all levels of users across the entire enterprise," said Jeff Groudan, vice president, Thin Clients and Virtualization Solutions, HP. "As the client virtualization market evolves, HP continues to provide innovative solutions, offering even more options to its customers to provide a robust personalized desktop experience."
In addition, HP has also made available its Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Enhancements software package and the HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS), a solution that is the fruit of the collaboration between HP and Vmware.
HP's new Performance and Flexible Thin Clients have been designed to provide business users with an access device that can easily be connected to any client virtualization infrastructure. Designed with the Windows Embedded Standard, the new clients boast Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Media Player 11, enabling HP's Thin Clients to run applications locally. The integrated Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol 6.1 provides these Thin Clients with a way to connect and take advantage of the security features available in Microsoft's Windows Server 2008.
HP has strengthened its broad portfolio of client management options to include HP Client Automation, now preloaded on new Windows Embedded Standard-based thin clients. This enterprise-wide client management solution – now including thin clients as well as PCs and client virtualization infrastructure – allows customers to manage both physical and virtual clients with a single solution and a common methodology, reducing management complexities that can complicate thin client-based solutions.
According to the company, the new Thin Clients are expected to be available in early May with Windows Embedded Standard at the price tag starting at $799, $499 and $550 for the HP gt7720, HP t5630w and HP t5730w respectively.