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HP Expands Desktop Virtualization with Thin Client

Hewlett-Packard has expanded its role in the desktop virtualization arena with new mobile thin client hardware, extended software offerings and deeper industry alliances.

The HP 2533t Mobile Thin Client combines HP's thin client and business notebook PC technologies to improve data security, ease of use and reliability, company officials said.

The device provides increased protection of data and software applications by storing files on a secure, centralized server. No data resides on the mobile thin client, so it cannot be compromised if the device is lost or stolen.

The solid-state system has flash memory and no moving parts. It features the HP DuraCase, a strong outer casing that protects the top and bottom of the computer in rigorous mobile-user environments.

The HP 2533t weighs 3 pounds and has a 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen LED display. It adds a smaller, lighter option to the portfolio's 15.4-inch HP 6720t Mobile Thin Client, company officials said.

HP also plans to work with virtualization software vendors to expand its Remote Graphics Software (RGS) technology and give users a richer media experience. RGS captures the desktop image of the remote or virtual system and transmits it -- using advanced image compression technology -- via a standard network to a window on a local thin client.

HP will work with vendors to improve video performance, interoperability and the scalability of large virtual desktop implementations serving business PC users, officials said.

They added that the company's full portfolio of Citrix-ready thin clients and blade client products is now available with Citrix XenDesktop.

VMware has certified HP's thin clients for compatibility with VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, an integrated desktop virtualization solution that allows information technology employees to manage virtual machines from the data center and deliver business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities to desktop PCs.

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Rutrell Yasin is the senior technology editor of Government Computer News (GCN.com).

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