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Devon IT to Demonstrate New ARM-based FX1 Thin Client with Microsoft RemoteFX at TechEd Europe

Devon IT, Inc., a leading provider of thin client hardware and software solutions, today announced plans to demonstrate its upcoming ARM-based thin client – The Devon FX1 – at the Microsoft TechEd Europe, November 8-12, 2010 in Berlin. Devon IT will be exhibiting in the RemoteFX Pavillion booth RFX3.

The low cost Devon FX1 is among the first devices specifically designed for Microsoft RemoteFX, a key virtualization capability in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The RemoteFX ARM-based client will allow users to take advantage of rich media features such as 3D user interface, full-motion video, animations, and portable graphics stacks like Microsoft Silverlight and Flash, and a diverse array of client-side devices.

"The ARM architecture has the best MIPS to dollars ratio in the industry; the smallest CPU die size; all the necessary computing capability coupled with low power consumption,” explained Greg Guerra, Vice President, Product Management, Devon IT. “The ARM’s small die size combined with its performance makes it a perfect fit for today’s thin client computing needs and, just as importantly, it is inexpensive and low in power consumption.”

Hardware accelerated RemoteFX decoding provides excellent performance while allowing to keep power consumption to an extremely low level. Devon IT’s new thin client implements RemoteFX decoding in hardware as well as software giving users a unique and flexible option in one low-cost device.

"As organizations continue to deploy a centralized computing architecture with virtualized or session-based desktops, IT professionals have to deliver a premium user experience to connected workers while offering users flexibility with an increasing variety of endpoint devices," said Manlio Vecchiet, Director of Product Management at Microsoft Corp. "Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services with Microsoft RemoteFX will allow remote workers to access any type of application or screen content, including rich media and 3D applications, and enjoy a local-like user experience over the LAN. Devon IT’s new FX1 thin client device will help deliver an innovative RemoteFX solution to enterprises looking to maximize their IT investment.”

“Devon IT has been a recognized innovator in developing cutting-edge alternative desktop technologies for the last five years,” explained Joe Makoid, President, Devon IT. “Our ARM-based FX1 running RemoteFX will offer users from a full, rich media experience while maintaining the power consumption, TCO and security benefits of a VDI environment across multiple client solutions. The combination of these benefits is yet another reason that we see thin clients paired with cloud computing and virtual desktops becoming a viable option for business large and small."

Historically the end-user experience has been a factor limiting the usability in some remote desktops. Microsoft RemoteFX gives an enhanced user experience regardless of the type of application (3D, web based video streaming, etc). Since RemoteFX relies on server-side rendering, it enables Devon IT to build simplified thin clients such as the TC Zero that do not need to be upgraded as new multimedia players or codecs are created. This allows customers to deploy low cost, highly secure, highly reliable and centrally manageable thin clients even to their most demanding users.

In addition to RemoteFX, Devon IT will also show RDP 7, which was introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2, running on its thin client DeTOS operating system. RDP 7 capabilities deliver next-generation media experiences, including multi-monitor support, support for Windows Media® Player redirection and bi-directional audio on a Devon thin client. The Devon IT FX1 will be available in 2Q 2011.

Published Monday, November 01, 2010 5:45 PM by David Marshall
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