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Dell launches a Zero Client

Thin clients are on the way out
Wed Mar 03 2010, 16:36

TIN BOX FLOGGER Dell launched its first 'zero client' hardware for enterprise customers yesterday.

The FX100 is Dell's zero client product, where most processing is done by a host server. The technology is set to replace traditional thin client devices eventually. According to Dell, the FX100 has no image to manage. Instead the firmware-based decompression device provides bi-directional communication with VMware view-based virtual PCs.

It is designed to work over industry-standard IP networks in conjunction with VMware and View 4.0 supporting the capabilities of a PC, including USB, motion graphics and audio. This also means that the FX100 is much more energy efficient, secure and less likely to succumb to hardware problems.

Dell stated that the FX100 "uses PC-over-IP technology (PCoIP) to help businesses centralise client desktops while still delivering the performance and flexibility of a traditional PC."

Also on offer from Dell is an eco-warrior Optiplex 980 desktop that attempts to tick every environmentally friendly box for commercial punters.

"Our customers, including large businesses, government agencies, healthcare organisations and small, medium businesses are looking to explore overall efficiencies in their IT infrastructure which means looking at systems that enable better productivity but result in greater power and cost savings," said Brett McAnally, director of Dell's product group.

He continued, "With the OptiPlex 980 and FX100 we're helping our customers strike a balance, offering flexible solutions and services that meet their complex demands." µ



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