IBM Eyes Thin Client Solution

Arthur Cole

Count IBM as the newest convert, or re-convert, to thin client computing.


The company is talking about a new BladeCenter system that will centralize control of dumb terminals from a back-end data center.


The company is working with software firm Devon IT on a thin-client broker system to be installed on the BladeCenter HC-10 server.


If you recall, it was only last week that NEC, Wyse and a bunch of others rolled out thin client systems of one stripe or another, with HP dropping hints about a mobile version.


For IBM's part, the company says the decision was based on growing customer interest in the thin-client concept, plus newly matured technology to provide a cost-effective solution. The company already had a centralized client system available, leveraging VMware and Citrix technology to consolidate memory and processing so it could be accessed remotely, but it's debatable as to whether it could be called a thin-client approach.


In any event, it seems like the big guns are showing strong interest in the technology. So it's probably worth a look.

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