PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 26, 2007
HP today expanded the broadest portfolio of remote client solutions in the industry with global availability and enhanced features for its blade PC architecture as well as the introduction of two new thin clients.
The HP Remote Client Solutions portfolio is composed of centralized hardware, such as the HP Consolidated Client Infrastructure (CCI) blade PC solution, and software components from HP and its partners that are engineered to deliver higher levels of data security, computing reliability and manageability.
“The global expansion of our CCI blade PC solution, and enhancements like common management tools across the entire portfolio, now provides customers around the world with the industry’s broadest selection of remote desktop solutions for a more affordable, secure and reliable computing experience,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Business Desktop PCs, HP.
Now available in Europe, Canada and China, the HP CCI blade PC solution provides business customers with the security and business continuity benefits of remote client solutions and the ability to reduce the total cost of their technology ownership by as much as 50 percent over a traditional desktop infrastructure.(1)
These savings can be achieved as a result of streamlined, simplified support and administration due to centralization, consolidation, decreased power consumption and the insight and agility provided by HP management tools.
“HP’s CCI solutions allow our customers to improve efficiency and reduce the total life cycle cost of the desktop arena,” said Link Simpson, vice president, Enterprise Solutions, CompuCom Systems. “Additionally, the solution offers the security, agility and manageability required in today’s integrated infrastructures to meet rapidly evolving IT challenges.”
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To further simplify and enhance the end-user experience, application streaming technologies such as SoftGrid from Microsoft and SVS from Altiris can now be used with HP CCI.
“By combining Microsoft SoftGrid with HP’s CCI, customers will gain additional benefits and reduce costs by dynamically delivering applications to the right users in real time without the need for installation,” said Larry Orecklin, general manager, System Center Marketing, Microsoft. “There are a lot of synergies between these two products: CCI offers centralized management of hardware, while SoftGrid offers centralized management and deployment of software.”
Expanding on its existing integration with HP CCI, Altiris provides both system deployment and now software application virtualization to help simplify manageability and enhance the computing experience. Altiris Deployment Solution is integrated with Altiris Software Virtualization Solution to provide extensive software control from the operating system to the application.
“On-demand computing is here today. The combination of Altiris software management with HP CCI provides blade PC customers with true on-demand application provisioning supported by full manageability,” said Steve Morton, vice president, Product Management and Marketing, Altiris. “HP CCI is an innovative solution for reducing the cost of computing while increasing security and service for the end user.”
In February, HP Session Allocation Manager, the manageability focal point of CCI that provides intelligent control of blade PC allocation to end users, will be updated to include new features such as support for “hot desking” through the use of smart cards and the ability for customers to completely customize the look and feel of the client interface.
The company will also provide Session Allocation Manager support later this year for HP’s recently announced Blade Workstation Solution so that customers can evaluate managing both HP’s blade PC and workstation solutions from a single tool.
New HP Thin Clients maximize manageability, security and affordability
HP Thin Clients are ideal access devices for traditional server-based computing, as well as HP CCI and the HP Virtual Desktop Infrastructure The company has grown faster than its closest two competitors in the thin client market for the past three years.(2) Building on this momentum, HP is introducing two additions to its portfolio – the HP Compaq t5135 Thin Client and the HP Compaq t5530 Thin Client.
The entry-level HP Compaq t5135 offers customers a lower-cost computing solution with the ease of use of an appliance. Its new “stateless” capability allows users to simply power on the client and it will find its settings automatically from the server. The settings are retained only for the duration of the session.
The HP Compaq t5530, based on Windows® CE, comes with enhanced features, such as web browser, media player and terminal emulation, that make it suitable for mainstream business use.
Every HP thin client includes a full license of Altiris Deployment Solution and a free download of HP OpenView Client Configuration Manager basic edition to provide customers with their choice of an enterprise-level management solution for large deployments.
For customers who need a simple deployment tool with less complexity, exclusive HP ThinState Tools are included with every HP thin client. With these tools the t5530, for example, can be used as a “master” client to easily deploy images to other thin clients in the network. The IT manager simply captures the image on the master thin client and then deploys the image over the network to “target” thin clients. There is no need to buy, install or learn any external deployment solution.
Other new features of the two new thin clients include a secure USB compartment specially designed for wireless connections, support for HP Quick Release to create a zero-footprint client, and a host of other new features for ease of use and management.
Secure network access and reliability are provided through advanced security features, including two-factor authentication and controlled user access. Storing classified business information and data on a centralized server achieves greater protection of classified business information and data integrity.
HP thin clients are available from local and online resellers or direct from HP in more than 100 countries worldwide. The HP Compaq t5135 Thin Client is expected to be available in the United States Feb. 1 at a starting list price of $199, while the HP Compaq t5530 Thin Client is expected to be available March 1 worldwide at a starting list price of $299.(3)
The HP portfolio of remote client solutions help business customers dramatically reduce security risks, management and support costs by centralizing computing hardware and sensitive data within the data center. HP’s remote client hardware and software offerings provide customers the industry’s broadest selection of highly reliable, interoperable devices that are fully supported and customizable through HP Services and HP Factory to meet specific business requirements.
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2006, HP revenue totaled $91.7 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.
(1) HP estimate of total cost of ownership savings due to CCI implementation over a typical desktop PC implementation during a 4-year period based on a hypothetical customer with 10,000 users in a single environment with 70 percent concurrent access.
(2) IDC, Top 10 Vendors, US Thin Client Factory Shipments, 3Q06, Nov. 20, 2006.
(3) Estimated U.S. list prices. Actual prices may vary.
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