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Fujitsu Introduces First Thin Clients with Power over Ethernet
Fujitsu's FUTRO S700 and S900 include new features for flexibility and lower power consumption while delivering up to six times higher performance
Today, more companies than ever before are realizing the benefits of thin clients and virtual desktops. While Gartner reports that "Worldwide PC shipments declined by 1.1%, compared with 1Q10 - the first year-over-year fall in six quarters" (Gartner, Market Share Alert: Preliminary PC Market Results, Worldwide, 1Q11, April 13, 2011), Fujitsu's thin client shipments have doubled this quarter, showing the progression towards more virtualized environments.
As straightforward to use as a traditional desktop PC, and offering the same end-user experience, thin clients are cheaper, easier to manage and more reliable, since they contain no moving parts. The units provide a front-end interface while most computing is done on a server. Since thin clients can be administered from the server level, software updates are simplified, accelerating the deployment of new desktop images.
Fujitsu is taking Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology from its pioneering Zero Client line to introduce the technology to its thin client line. Offering both power and Ethernet via a single cable for increased flexibility and connectivity, PoE technology requires very low power consumption, benefiting both the environment and companies' bottom lines. Thin clients can also be connected to a traditional electrical outlet if preferred. Rollouts and power requirements alike are simplified since the units need only one cable for combined connectivity and power.
The new Fujitsu FUTRO models also provide added flexibility and convenience. Up to four displays can be connected to the FUTRO S900 thanks to an additional graphics card, making it ideal for environments where operators need multiple screens. System performance is enhanced with two memory slots for increased local performance, while both models feature integrated WLAN for improved connectivity.
The thin clients are even able to provide the processing capabilities to cope with rendering and performance-intensive 3D modeling: the Fujitsu models are among the first to introduce support for DirectX11 graphics technology.
Rajat Kakar, Vice President Workplace Systems at Fujitsu Technology Solutions says: "Thin clients are an important component of today's efficient, virtualized workplace. For companies ready to take advantage of the cost and performance benefits of virtual desktops or server based computing, the Fujitsu FUTRO S700 and S900 models make the transition easy."
The FUTRO S900 and FUTRO S700 are already on the Fujitsu pricelist in the CEMEA&I region (Continental Europe, Middle East, Africa & India). Pricing for the FUTRO S900 starts at CHF 412.00 (VAT included) and for the FUTRO S700 at CHF 357.00 (VAT included). Shipments start during the month of June.
Images of the FUTRO S700 and S900 can be found online at:
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