PlasmaNet announced the availability of its diskless PC network, a cost effective, easy-to-implement green computing solution for SMEs. Accessing applications from a single server, the network can drive and support up to 400 PC clients without hard drives, resulting in reduced energy consumption and related acquisition and maintenance costs.
The PlasmaNet diskless PC network reaps all the benefits of a traditional thin client server but ensures that each terminal retains the processing power of a regular PC with a hard drive. Hard drive production and delivery costs, disposal and recycling costs, along with emissions and energy usage are dramatically reduced. Diskless tower terminals are very low energy, running up to 12 times less the wattage of a traditional PC, using a constant 20 watts.
“Organisations are increasingly likely to replace rather than repair a broken PC terminal, especially since the most common reason for client failure is the hard drive,” comments Technical Director, Mark Hopgood. “By removing this risk, not only does it increase the lifespan of the client and reduce all the knock-on environmental effects of replacing hardware, but other issues such as data security and platform stability are resolved.”
The diskless PC network works similarly to a thin client, with each terminal accessing the ‘golden image’ from the server, which is managed and distributed by Hopnetix software. However, all the processing power and peripheral management of each individual terminal that would normally be performed by the server can be managed by the diskless tower terminal at the desktop, which no longer needs the more expensive hard disk. As a result, the lost performance that is usually experienced when a thin client server is busy is eliminated, users are granted full access to all applications and peripherals and costs are significantly reduced.
PlasmaNet’s diskless network also enables organisations with existing traditional PC networks to install the system by consolidating to a single, robust platform linking to the server. Temporary server failure does not affect the performance of the system, with the terminals automatically running off cache memory, which in the case of hard drive failure would not be possible.