HP is adding three new thin-client devices to its family of systems that will support Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard. HP also is incorporating software enhancements to improve the overall user experience in VMware View environments, and is working with VMware to enable improved performance for remote desktop sessions. In adddition, HP is offering its Client Automation management software as an option with the new thin clients.
Hewlett-Packard is expanding its thin-client offerings with new devices,
greater collaboration with VMware and enhanced manageability.
HP on April 16 unveiled the HP gt7720 Performance Series and HP t5730w and
t5630w Flexible Series thin clients, which support Microsoft's Windows Embedded
Standard, the next generation of Windows XP Embedded.
HP officials said the new devices take advantage of not only the core
features on the Microsoft OS-including Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media
Player 11 and the ability to run applications locally-but also Microsoft Remote
Desktop Protocol 6.1. The protocol enables thin-client devices to support the
latest security and enterprise management technologies from Windows Server
In addition, HP is incorporating its RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)
Enhancements software into its Windows Embedded thin clients as a way of
improving users' ability to run Web applications, videos and other files within
a virtual desktop environment, officials said. The HP software downloads the processing
directly to the thin client, which improves the multimedia experience for the
user and reduces the workload on the back-end server, which in turn can improve
desktop infrastructure has cost-cutting potential, eWEEK Labs says.
The goal is to create an experience within VMware
environments that is similar to what the user would have on a traditional
desktop system. Thin-client computing has been talked about for years as an
up-and-coming technology, but one of the issues that has held it back was the
lack of a true desktop experience for the user.
HP and VMware also are collaborating to enable users to take advantage of
VMware View Manager's universal access features, which will work with HP's RGS
software to work in remote desktop sessions.
HP also is preloading HP Client Automation management software on its new
thin clients that are based on Windows Embedded Standard. The management
software-which also is used with PCs and desktop virtualization
infrastructures-enables users to manage both physical and virtual PCs with a
HP Client Automation is one of four options that users have to manage thin-client
infrastructures. Others include HP ThinState, HP Device Manager and Altiris
The new thin clients will be available in early May, starting at $499.
Analysts are predicting strong growth for the hosted virtual desktop
environment. Gartner in March issued a report predicting that shipments will
grow from more than 500,000 units in 2009 to 49 million in 2013. Revenue will
jump from about $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion-less than 1 percent of the
worldwide professional PC market-in 2009 to $65.7 billion in 2013, which will
be about 40 percent of the market.
"PC vendors must prepare for the growth in demand for this client computing
architecture by adjusting sales strategies and compensation models or they risk
losing expenditure share with enterprise customers," Gartner analyst
Annette Jump said in the March 26 report. "Distributed computing has been the
dominant client computing architecture for the past 15 to 20 years, but a
number of changes in the way users can access applications and client computing
capabilities are bringing a number of alternative architectures to the fore."