As a way of giving its customers some secure computing business edge, HP has announced a new mobile thin client that combines PC-like performance with the security needed to protect data in enterprise, financial, healthcare and government settings.
The product, HP mt40 Mobile Thin Client, is aimed at telecommuters and on-campus mobile workers who need to connect securely to a network to access files. With the HP mt40, an employee or contractor simply turns on the device and logs in to the secure network at the business, roaming the campus or at home. The worker can then begin working on even the most sensitive files, saving his or her work to the server without having anything residing on the device itself.
HP also announced that the latest version of HP’s powerful thin client management tool, HP Device Manager 4.5, will come preinstalled on the HP mt40 and future thin clients to help users easily configure and deploy HP thin clients.
A key new feature of HP Device Manager 4.5 is that it enables wireless imaging, allowing updates over the same wireless connection that the remote desktop infrastructure uses—so all HP mt40 devices can be can be accessed and imaged remotely.
According to the Director, Commercial and Retail Solutions, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP EMEA, Kobi Elbaz, “with the growth in telecommuting, as well as the rise in the number of workers who regularly travel between locations, a mobile thin client makes a lot of sense both from a mobility productivity and a security standpoint.
“HP now enables global organisations to equip workers with high-performing mobile thin clients that connect them to the cloud, from any location, all while greatly minimising the risk of data loss.” He added HP mt40 Mobile Thin Client combines performance, mobility and durability
The HP mt40 Mobile Thin Client is suited for enterprises that have deployed virtualisation solutions from the major independent software vendors (ISVs), Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware for their desktop virtualisation deployments. It’s also ideal for organisations that are considering moving to virtual desktops for their more mobile employees.
Key features of the HP mt40 Mobile Thin Client include a 14-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) antiglare display and a starting weight of 2.17kg (4.78lb), which makes it ready for business on the go.
Another is a second-generation Intel Celeron B840 dual core processor, enabling PC-like performance when viewing or working with digital graphics.
A longer expected life span than a notebook PC because it has no hard drive or moving parts.
HP Velocity software, improves the quality of the connection ensuring top network performance when using bandwidth-hungry applications.
Meanwhile, a bottom-case drain helps protect the device against accidental minor spills on the keyboard.