Lenovo has apparently come up with a new kind of PC architecture one that's not quite a full workstation, not quite a thin client, but something in between.
Called the Secure Management Client (SMC), the package is aimed at reducing IT costs and improving security by taking storage out of the desktop and putting it onto a centralized array rather than a remote server. The entire setup uses an Intel vPro-powered ThinkCentre desktop, sans hard drive, a specialized software stack and a Lenovo Storage Array, also Intel-based.
The company claims the design preserves PC integrity by allowing a full Windows experience, cuts down on IT complexity and cost, and provides improved security through the central storage repository. It also uses less energy than a standard PC and can be easily converted back to full PC operation by re-installing the hard drive.
The setup is currently available on the ThinkCentre M57p desktop, but the company expects to offer it on the M58p early next year.