[windows2000] Blade Desktops??

  • From: Jennifer Booth <jennifer.booth@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2003 13:06:43 -0800

Check this out...it's got a ways to go, but could be an interesting
technology, particularly for development/support/QA. From

Hewlett-Packard will try to take the desktop off the desk later this month,
when it formally unveils the Consolidated Client Infrastructure, its latest
blade computing system for corporations. 

Under CCI, a user's data and software runs on a centrally managed rack of
blade computers and storage devices. Individuals can use handhelds,
keyboards, terminals or even PCs and notebooks to tap into their data. 

The system differs from terminal, or thin client, systems in that all users
work on full-fledged Windows XP PCs that are assigned to them--the computers
just happen to be in a closet. In terminal systems, users are working on a
sliver of server space. 

Consolidating computing power in this manner can reduce information
technology management costs, according to advocates, and can also make it a
lot easier to get individuals back online if a PC crashes. 

Austin, Texas-based start-up ClearCube Technology came out with the first
bladed desktop systems. The company has installed bladed desktop systems at
financial institutions and at some military installations. IBM has resold
some ClearCube systems, but HP is the first major manufacturer to develop
and market its own blade-based desktop system. To date, the blade concept
has been mostly used to squeeze servers and communication equipment more
efficiently into racks. 

HP's interest in bladed desktops first came to light in May. The company is
expected to discuss CCI at Comdex, the annual computing trade show that
begins Nov. 16 in Las Vegas. HP sent out a statement that the company will
discuss there under nondisclosure agreements "a new business computing model
that offers customers greater manageability, flexibility and long-term cost

HP could not be reached for comment. Typically, the company does not comment
on unannounced products. 

Although HP is expected to tout that CCI can cut desktop management costs by
up to 50 percent, the hardware isn't cheap. A blade with a 1GHz Intel
Pentium M processor and a hard drive will cost about $2,000, according to
sources. A blade that has a 1.8GHz Efficeon Transmeta processor will cost

To access data, HP is recommending that corporations adopt HP terminals,
which also contain Transmeta processors. 

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