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Cloud Expo Bronze Sponsor HP Enhances Client Virtualization Portfolio

Announces WES 7 preinstalled on thin clients, support for Citrix XenDesktop 5 and new Citrix XenDesktop reference architecture

HP on Wednesday introduced new client virtualization portfolio solutions designed to reduce the complexity, risk and cost of remote and cloud computing deployments.

The company announced Microsoft's Windows Embedded Standard 7 will be preinstalled on select HP thin clients next month. HP also announced future support for Citrix XenDesktop 5 and a new reference architecture for Citrix XenDesktop on XenServer. These enhancements will provide HP customers in remote environments with a rich PC user experience and improved ease of deployment.

"HP's client virtualization solutions are ideal for any remote or cloud computing environment, and our portfolio is leading the sector's rapid evolution," said Jeff Groudan, director, commercial desktop and thin client marketing, HP. "Our unique end-to-end approach to client virtualization allows HP to develop comprehensive solutions that meet the performance and productivity needs of new and existing users while reducing the complexity and cost of deployment."

More secure, flexible performance with HP WES 7 thin clients
Available next month, Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES 7) will come pre-installed on the flexible HP 4320t Mobile Thin Client and HP t5740e Thin Client, providing a richer, more seamless remote user experience, enhanced security features and easier IT management for HP client virtualization customers.

HP offers WES 7 thin clients that deliver PC performance, with expandable memory and connectivity options for maximum adaptability in customer environments. They also give customers the choice of HP Device Manager, a robust deployment and management tool for thin clients at no additional cost, or HP Client Automation, a complete deployment and management tool for mixed client environments that include thin clients, notebooks and desktops. Additional enhancements and features of HP WES 7 thin clients:

  • Microsoft RDP 7, Citrix ICA 12 and VMware View Manager 4.5 protocol and broker support for easy access and robust user experiences with terminal services and VDI
  • Internet Explorer 8 provides faster, more secure browsing and Windows Media Player 12 supports popular audio and video formats
  • Microsoft Windows Firewall guards against malicious software and Native Smart Card support enables more secure network access
  • HP Write Filter Manager allows the configuration and use of Enhanced or File-based Write Filter
  • HP TeemTalk for easy access to legacy applications
  • Native Smart Card support enables more secure network access
  • .NET Framework 3.5 enables you to rapidly build and run custom apps
  • HP Easy Tools guides you through initial setup and configuration and provides deployment options
  • HP XenDesktop reference architecture simplifies the deployment process

Together with Citrix, HP is also announcing the upcoming availability of a new reference architecture that provides a tested, scalable hardware blueprint. The reference architecture will help simplify the planning and deployment of a Citrix XenDesktop environment on XenServer.

The reference architecture will join the Enterprise reference architectures for XenDesktop on XenServer and on Hyper-V in giving customers, resellers and service providers the information to determine the right solution for every need. The configuration is based on HP ProLiant DL380 G7 Servers, the HP StorageWorks P4300 G2 SAS Starter SAN solution and HP t5740 Series Thin Clients. It has been pre-defined and tested for sizing and performance for up to 250 users, based on a typical office user workload.

Each reference architecture can be scaled to meet changing business needs and can be complemented by a full portfolio of HP services including planning, implementation, support and hosting.

HP support of Citrix XenDesktop 5
Citrix XenDesktop 5, available mid-November, will be supported across the HP thin client portfolio via an automated download using the HP EasyUpdate utility. The highly-scalable XenDesktop 5 environment is designed to facilitate quicker and easier virtualization deployments and will provide HP thin client customers with more dynamic multimedia capabilities, including high-definition (HD) Webcam support for video collaboration at 80 percent lower bandwidth.

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