Offer puts companies on the fast track to thin client computing without financial commitment
18 January 2006 – 2X today announced that it will give away 1 million thin clients, in a bid to demonstrate the advantages of thin client computing, allowing any organization to solve the management and security issues of fat clients.
“Thin client computing is the only solution for effective management of desktops. The free thin client offer allows companies to familiarize themselves with the technology and to prepare for the deployment of thin clients,” said Nikolaos Makris, 2X President.
Obtaining the free thin clients
The offer is available from http://www.2x.com/thinclientserver/free-thin-clients/. The first 200,000 visitors are entitled to a free 5 thin client license of 2X ThinClientServer. With 2X ThinClientServer organisations can convert up to 5 PCs (these can be outdated PCs with as little as 32 MB of RAM and 200 Mhz processing power) to thin clients and manage them from a single web based management interface.
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. The thin client OS is write protected for maximum security.
Hardware & users’ connection settings are managed centrally
Hardware & 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. In addition, connection settings can be linked to Active Directory/LDAP usernames, groups or OU’s (organizational units) or to a thin client device, further reducing the administration involved with managing users & thin client devices. More information about 2X ThinClientServer can be found at http://www.2x.com/thinclientserver/.
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.