HP is to expand its enterprise desktop virtualisation platform with the launch of new hardware and a management platform.
The company said that its Velocity platform would allow administrators to view and manage network activity from virtualised clients in real time and optimise networks for high traffic periods.
The Velocity platform optimises traffic by correcting packet loss errors and cutting the need for multiple data requests and transfers. HP believes that the tool will be particularly effective with firms who rely on high-bandwidth applications.
Additionally, the company is adding new hardware options to its virtual thin client line. The t410 Zero Clients will utilise an ARM Cortex processor and will feature dual-monitor support. Additionally, the client hardware will offer 1GB of SDRAM and 2GB of on-board flash storage memory.
The system has been slated for an August release with a starting price of $269 per client.
"The t410 Smart Zero Client enables customers to cost-effectively offer workers the same computing experience as a full PC environment without requiring on-device management," said Jeff Groudan, marketing director for HP thin clients.
"The t410 is an ideal solution for call centres, education, healthcare, government and hospitality environments that value reliability, zero management and energy efficiency."
Though virtualised desktops represent a small piece of the overall enterprise virtualisation market, falling client hardware costs and new form factors have helped to drive a higher demand for thin client deployments.
The platform relies on a central server to host individual end-user machines as virtual instances which are then accessed through the client hardware.
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