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Last week HP announced the US launch of its consolidated client infrastructure thin-client access device, which it hopes will be available in the UK next year.
The product replaces a traditional desktop PC and its hard drive with an access device that establishes a one-to-one connection with a blade PC server from HP. Networked storage in the datacentre is allocated to users when they log in.
Meta Group analyst Rakesh Kumar said, "I do not see why users will buy this technology. Thin clients have never really taken off because users prefer to control their desktop." There could be technical limitations where access to corporate networks is §over a slow link, he said.