Fujitsu has announced the new FUTRO S700 and FUTRO S900 thin clients, the first Fujitsu thin clients to use innovative and eco-friendly Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology.
Despite drawing only a trickle of power over Ethernet networks, the FUTRO S700 and FUTRO S900 are among the most powerful thin clients available today, boasting up to six times enhanced performance over previous models.
Today, more companies than ever before are realising the benefits of thin clients and virtual desktops.
While Gartner reports that “worldwide PC shipments declined by 1.1%, compared with 1Q 2010 – the first year-over-year fall in six quarters”, Fujitsu’s thin client shipments have doubled this quarter, showing the progression towards more virtualised 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, as 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.
Ross Olver, portfolio manager, business clients at Fujitsu Solutions, says: “Thin clients are an important component of today’s efficient, virtualised 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.”