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HP Maximizes Benefits of Virtualization with New Mobile Thin Client and Enhanced Desktop Portfolio
HP today introduced an affordable new mobile thin client, as well as hardware and software portfolio enhancements to its thin client portfolio, to help companies improve security and productivity while reducing resource consumption.

The company also announced HP desktop thin clients that meet the new version 5.0 ENERGY STAR specifications – an industry first. Select HP thin clients include the HP t5145, HP t5540, HP t5545, HP t5630 and HP t5630w models and offer customers a range of performance options and choice of Windows CE, Windows Embedded Standard and Linux operating systems.

The newly designed HP 4410t Mobile Thin Client provides enhanced security access to server-based computing and reduces IT workloads while still providing the mobility of a reliable notebook.

“We’re offering businesses a highly secure, manageable and easy-to-deploy virtualization solution that combines HP’s industry-leading thin client and notebook technologies,” said Carol Hess-Nickels, director, Worldwide Business Notebook Marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. “The new HP 4410t Mobile Thin Client leverages HP engineering and design expertise to deliver true notebook performance that customers can deploy in the office or in the field.”

Enhanced security and manageability with HP 4410t Mobile Thin Client

Since data is never stored locally, the HP 4410t Mobile Thin Client eliminates the risk of sensitive information getting into the wrong hands if the device is lost or stolen. This added security is critical for a variety of highly regulated industries, including distribution, education, finance, government, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing.

Additionally, Microsoft’s latest embedded operating system, Windows Embedded Standard with Remote Desktop Protocol 6.1, enables devices to take advantage of the latest security and enterprise management technologies from Windows Server 2008.

HP is the only vendor offering a choice of File Based Write Filter (FBWF) or Enhanced Write Filter (EWF), both of which are preloaded on the HP 4410t Mobile Thin Client. These features provide IT managers more options for enhanced security and increased productivity. FBWF adds flexibility by providing the same data protection benefits of EWF, while allowing administrators to save specific files, folders and configuration settings.

The new HP Privacy Filter accessory offers business professionals added security by narrowing the viewing angle of the display screen, so onlookers see only a dark, blank screen. Additionally, the HP 4410t Mobile Thin Client includes Wi-Fi certified WLAN that provides enterprise-grade security.

Unlike other mobile thin client vendors, HP includes a wide variety of free, preloaded remote management tools that ease the headaches associated with supporting a mobile workforce. HP Device Manager and HP Client Automation join HP ThinState tools and a full license of Altiris Deployment Solution on the latest mobile thin client. These tools enable IT managers to easily deploy, configure and manage software, reducing technical support costs.

Rich multimedia experience and reduced resource consumption

The HP 4410t Mobile Thin Client delivers an optimized user experience while increasing productivity with the HP Virtual Client Essentials software portfolio. This full line of multimedia and brokering solutions includes HP Remote Desktop Protocol Enhancements, HP Remote Graphics Software display protocols and HP Session Allocation Manager network broker.

Noodles & Company adopted HP mobile thin clients to help with the rapid growth of its 200 restaurant locations.

“At Noodles & Company we rely on HP mobile thin clients to help us increase productivity and security throughout the company,” said Jeff Malm, enterprise manager, Noodles & Company. “These reliable and secure mobile devices allow our area managers to spend more quality time face to face with our growing team of restaurant managers. The area managers also enjoy the enhanced user experience, while IT benefits from the cost-efficiency savings.”

HP is the only mobile thin client vendor that offers an optional DVD-ROM, allowing users to watch a training video or other DVD of their choice, similar to a notebook. Additional highlights include:

·     Starting weight of 4.3 pounds (1.9 kilograms) with a 14-inch diagonal widescreen, mercury-free, LED display

·     Full-sized spill-resistant keyboard and integrated touch pad

·     HP Fast Charge – battery recharge up to 90 percent in 90 minutes

·     HP Smart AC Adapters – save on equipment, power consumption costs and travel weight

Designed for recyclability, the HP 4410t is more than 90 percent recyclable (by weight) or recoverable (capable of not going to a landfill).

Enhanced desktop thin client features

HP announced several new features and software enhancements for its desktop HP t5545 Linux-based and t5540 Windows CE-based thin clients. The enhancements offer easier integration with VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop environments, stronger security, simplified setup and richer multimedia experiences.

The HP t5545 Thin Client, based on the HP ThinPro operating system, now offers a wider range of operational modes, useful for automating global images or profile deployment. Local mode is practical for creating and maintaining a master profile for large deployments, or for individual usage scenarios with unique access requirements. Persistent mode provides users with automated image or profile updates while retaining settings locally for faster, more reliable back-end access. Stateless Security mode protects sensitive back-end access data by storing all desktop settings remotely. Settings are automatically retrieved upon boot and removed when the local device is powered down.

Additionally, HP RDP Enhancements display protocol software is now available for all HP ThinPro-based thin clients, providing users with a single-logon, full-screen virtual desktop experience. Users simply log in to their virtual client session to enjoy real-time, network-based multimedia content with full stereo audio – such as interactive training, demos and live webcasts – across a variety of multimedia formats.

The HP t5540 Thin Client is now easier to configure as a VMware View client or Citrix XenDesktop appliance with HP Easy Update and HP Easy Config utilities. The two new software startup tools make it quick and easy for customers to identify and choose the latest image and configuration settings for their thin client, helping get new users up, running and productive faster than ever before.

These additions to the HP thin client lineup enhance HP’s broad virtualization portfolio and ongoing investment strategy in remote client virtualization solutions. HP’s client virtualization portfolio includes thin clients, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and blade client hardware, as well as virtualization software technologies such as HP Remote Graphics Software.

Pricing and availability

HP 4410t Mobile Thin Client is expected to be available in mid-July for a starting price of $549.

Although not displaying the ENERGY STAR logo until early July, HP thin clients meeting the 5.0 specification in advance of the effective date are available today and start as low as $199.

HP Financial Services offers competitive leasing and financing options for customers looking to enhance their technology environments with HP mobile and desktop thin clients.

More information on HP Remote Graphics Software, HP Image Manager or any of HP’s client management solutions is available through HP and authorized resellers. Additional information about HP client virtualization is available at www.hp.com/go/clientvirtualization.

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:06 AM by David Marshall
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