A New Approach to PC Centralization

Arthur Cole

Hot Off The Presses: A Canadian firm claims to have developed a new networking platform that leapfrogs existing thin-client solutions by delivering a complete workstation experience over standard infrastructures.

 

The PC-over-IP platform by Teradici consists of the TERA Host and Portal chipset, an ASIC design that contains a number of proprietary algorithms governing things like imaging and I/O bridging. The host, of course, resides in the blade (currently the IBM BladeCenter) or central PC in the data center, with the portal located in a stateless device at the user desk.

 

The system is optimized to provide the kind of graphical and multimedia experiences that are lacking in most thin-client or virtual PC solutions. It also offers the management and security benefits of a centralized workstation environment.

 

So far, the technology has drawn a lot of interest among third-party suppliers. In addition to IBM, the company is working with the likes of ClearCube, Verari Systems, AMD and NVidia.

 

No word yet on when a commercial system will be available. Teradici is still working up U.S. patents for the chipsets and related intellectual property.



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