A computer powered by an ethernet cable? Sounds strange, but that’s exactly what HP unveiled today in what looks to be the darling of the eco-friendly, business-friendly computer world – the HP t410 All-in-One.
The t410 manages to run on only 13 watts of power, which is enough to power the 18.5” screen. So, how is this possible? The t410 is actually a zero client, and depends on centralized software, making it ideal for companies and businesses who run their systems on centralized servers. That means less power consumption per computer is necessary, which allows HP to use new Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology. The t410 also features auto-detecting technology that uses the ethernet connection to locate the central host server and download all new updates to whatever virtualization software is being used, making maintenance a snap.
Using the t410 as a virtualization machine requires the use of XenDesktop, Citrix XenApp, and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box – appropriately, the first place the t410 will be shown off is during this week at Citrix Synergy 2012 in San Francisco.
The impact will be dramatic anywhere that has this kind of centralized server structure – that includes call centers, education, healthcare and manufacturing industries, and relief agencies, in addition to many small and large businesses. Power consumption will decrease dramatically, and the organization that adopts the t410 will be getting a very malleable computer for the future that can adapt quickly and easily to new updates in software down the road. The cherry on top is that only one wire will be required – the ethernet cable.