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IBM unveils thin-client workstations

Posted: 03 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:blade server  thin-client workstations  desktop devices 

IBM Corp. previewed a power-saving, thin-client workstation system designed for traders in financials services and computer-assisted design engineers,

The BladeCentre Workstation Blade was developed in collaboration with Devon IT, a tech company focusing on alternative desktop computing methods. The system includes IBM's workstation blade server and its connection broker software, and desktop devices from Devon. IBM said the new product would be available this year, but did not disclose pricing.

The new products are built for places with many workstations, such as design shops and trading offices. Among the biggest advantages to traditional desktop systems is less power and heat generation, according to IBM.

Thin clients accessing applications through a server have no spinning hard drives for storage, nor do they need fans to dissipate heat. As a result, client-side energy consumption can be reduced from up to 300W for a typical workstation to 15W, which is the amount of power needed to run an electric shaver, IBM said.

Slow performance, particularly in rendering graphics, has been a weakness with thin-client architectures, since most of the processing is done on the server. IBM, however, said the Workstation Blade overcomes latency problems through hardware compression techniques in the rendering and transfer of graphics from the server to the desktop devices. For less demanding graphics applications, a dedicated processor board is available for the clients.

- Antone Gonsalves
InformationWeek




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