IBM rolls out remote workstations

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IBM rolls out remote workstations

New system hosts workstation on remote blade server.

IBM has introduced a system that lets companies remotely control a new generation of thin client workstations. 

The system was produced in partnership with Devon IT, a company specialising in server-based workstations. The two firms developed the project through IBM's Blade.org programme. 

The new workstation systems will use IBM blade servers to house most of the hardware, including the hard disk and CPU.

The blades will then connect to a small desktop device made by Devon IT which has no hard drives or fans.

Users can access the workstation from the device, while the workstation hardware is stored in a remote location on a blade server.

IBM is aiming the systems at financial or computer assisted design companies which require large numbers of workstations in small areas. Big Blue also hopes that the systems will appeal to companies looking to reduce energy consumption and noise.

The desktop devices consume 15 watts of energy, compared to the 300 watts of conventional workstations.

The remote systems also potentially save money and improve security by allowing companies to consolidate workstations in a single location. The systems work at a distance of up to 2,500 miles.

IBM is not the first company to introduce a blade-based workstation system. Blade workstations have been around since 2002, and HP introduced its own blade-based workstation in December 2006.
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