Most organizations talk about thin-client computing or virtual PCs when the subject turns to leveraging virtual infrastructures to lower the cost of desktop installations. But some firms, like ClearCube, are touting the idea of the PC blade.
The idea is to house all of the PC components save the keyboard, monitor and mouse on a centralized server card. Think of it as a typical blade configuration except that the server-to-user ratio is one-to-one rather than one-to-many. What's the advantage to that? ClearCube says it offers easier management, particularly when it comes to relocating employees, as well as improved security and lower operational costs.
And now that the company is offering VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as part of the Sentral 5.5 management stack, it's possible to line up blade resources with a drag-and-drop interface. Pair that up with Sentral's Connection Broker and you get a powerful tool to switch between virtual and physical resources to make sure there is processing power to complete virtually any task.
It you've ever called up a new application or sent a large batch of data to storage only to have the computer sit idle for umpteen minutes, you'll realize what a powerful combination that is.