On Monday HP introduced its most powerful thin client solution to date, the HP t820 Flexible Series Thin Client. Slated for a November release, hardware features will include Intel Core i5 or Pentium processors, depending on the model, fiber-optic networking, built-in VGA output, DisplayPort 1.2 output, HP Velocity network performance management software and more. Pricing will be available upon request.
The company also said its HP WS460c Generation 8 (Gen8) Graphics Server Bladenow supports Nvidia GRID for boosting graphics performance in virtualized environments while reducing the price per user. HP said that when combined with the HP Multi-GPU Carrier -- a graphics adapter card enabling up to eight users per blade -- the HP WS460c delivers the company's most comprehensive blade server graphics portfolio.
"There is new and growing demand in today’s market for quad-core processing and multimedia graphics on thin clients," said Jeff Groudan, marketing director, Thin Clients, HP. "With the HP t820, we’ve delivered a more advanced thin client solution to give companies the speed and performance required for their most demanding applications."
On Monday HP indicated that the new HP t820 Flexible Series Thin Client will be ideal for industries that require high-performance computing to run specialty programs such as financial trading, architecture, engineering, and military or government agencies. It will control large amounts of data and multiple applications at once, allowing employees to increase productivity by viewing information on more than one monitor.
The new Thin Client will also feature enterprise-level security with fiber-optic networking,Intel vPro technology, BIOS implemented to NIST guidelines, and a Trusted Platform Module chipset (which has the opportunity to be utilized with WES8). Preboot authentication and connections will allow users in private industries to securely log on to their protected network, the company said.
"Additional ports give organizations the functionality to transition to new technologies and ensure legacy and future monitor technology compatibility," the company said. "The HP t820 supports three large monitors out of the box, and with an AMD Radeon HD 7650A MXM graphics card and with one or more optional multi-stream DisplayPort hubs, it can expand to seven high-definition (HD) monitors."
The HP t820 will be VMware Horizon View certified and RFX certified for Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 7E operating systems when it launches in November. The actual hardware specs can be viewed here.
As for the HP WS460c Gen8 Graphics Server Blade, HP said it has been outfitted with new Nvidia GRID GPUs optimized for virtualized environments. It's billed as the first bladed technology that enables multiple virtualized graphics users per blade, using Nvidia GRID or Multi-GPU Carrier to lower the cost per user while increasing the graphics performance higher than what was previously offered for desktop virtualization users.
"The Nvidia GRID K1 and K2 GPU adapters also enable multiple media-rich PC or high-end graphics users per blade by providing graphics capability to each virtual machine," the company said. The hardware specs for the GRID K1 and GRID K2 dual-slot graphics cards can be viewed here.
The HP WS460c Gen8 Graphics Server Blade with Nvidia GRID GPUs is planned to be available worldwide this fall. Pricing starts at just under $9,000.
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