Hewlett-Packard is will refresh its hardware products for the enterprise market next week, and the introduction of its blade PC will be one of the highlights.
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Blade PCs are thin, rack-mounted devices stored in server rooms that users access through Ethernet connections to small boxes mounted on their desks.
They are somewhat similar to thin client devices. But thin clients access applications and data centrally stored and managed on a server. Blade PCs operate as separate, individual clients that are mounted in a rack, but have failover capabilities to other blades in the rack and can be monitored as a whole.
Sources said HP's product was expected to have characteristics of both blade PCs and thin clients.