2X simplifies the move to thin client computing with 2X ThinClientServer

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Revolutionary product allows easy deployment & management of any thin client device

10 November 2005 – 2X releases 2X ThinClientServer for Windows/Linux: A solution which simplifies thin client deployment, making it easier for companies to reap the rewards of thin client computing. With 2X ThinClientServer administrators can convert old PCs to thin clients, use any brand of thin client device and manage them all from a single management interface. 2X ThinClientServer also allows central management of user’s connection settings.

“2X ThinClientServer protects companies against vendor lock in and allows re-use of existing PC hardware. Existing thin client vendor management software is proprietary – it only supports vendor’s own thin clients whilst not allowing PCs to be converted to thin clients. 2X ThinClientServer is open and supports any type of thin client device, providing a company with greater flexibility and control of the thin client migration and management” said Nick Galea, CEO 2X.

How 2X ThinClientServer works

2X ThinClientServer deploys a small footprint Linux-based OS to old PCs, new low cost PCs and to popular thin client devices (HP, Neoware, Wyse, Maxspeed and more). Thin clients always boot the latest version of the OS from the ThinClientServer. Hardware & connection settings (including resolution, logging and more) are retrieved from the server when the client logs on, making thin clients easy to manage.

Users’ connection settings are managed centrally

Users’ connection settings such as Terminal Server name, type (RDP, Citrix ICA or NX), screen resolution and more, can be managed centrally via the web-based management interface. There is no need to push out these connection settings to the thin client devices, because they are retrieved when the user logs on.

Connection settings are managed based on username, department or thin client

Most thin client management software can only configure connection settings based on device. 2X ThinClientServer links connection settings to Active Directory/LDAP usernames, groups or OU’s (organizational units). This reduces the administration involved with adding users and managing roaming users.

Other features

  • Converts existing PCs to thin clients
  • Thin clients can boot via PXE, CD ROM, floppy or hard disk
  • Supports virtually all thin clients and computer hardware via advanced auto detection
  • Supports local media and printers.

Server runs on Windows or Linux

2X ThinClientServer is platform independent – it is available for both Windows and Linux. On Windows, Windows 2000, 2003 server and XP are supported, whereas on Linux, RedHat Enterprise 4, SUSE Enterprise Server 9.x, and Fedora 3/4 are supported. The Windows version includes a TFTP server for deployment of the OS.

Pricing & Availability

Pricing starts from as little as € 495 for managing up to 25 thin clients; € 950 for 50 thin clients and € 2995 for 250 thin clients. More information and a free trial version of the product are available at http://www.2x.com/thinclientserver/.

About 2X

2X Software Ltd – 2X – is a company developing software for the booming server-based computing market. Thin client computing controls spiraling PC management costs, centralizes application and desktop management, improves security and performance and allows users to work remotely. The company’s product line includes: 2X ThinClientServer for Windows/Linux, 2X LoadBalancer for Terminal Services/Citrix, 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services and 2X SecureRDP for Windows Terminal Services. 2X is a privately held company with offices in Frankfurt, Cyprus, UK and Malta. Its management team is backed by years of experience in developing and selling network infrastructure software. 2X is a Microsoft and RedHat partner.

Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.