Userful Corporation has developed what it claims is the world’s lowest cost Linux thin client solution.
Userful Corporation, which specialises in cloud managed Linux desktop virtualisation and zero clients for schools and businesses, has released the next generation of its Userful MultiSeat solution, which turns one Linux PC into multiple high performance independent computer stations using the HP t200 thin client.
According to Userful Corporation, its Userful MultiSeat enables schools and businesses to deploy more than twice as many computers for the same cost, while enabling multiple users to use different applications at the same time from one host computer, each with their own monitor, keyboard and mouse.
The company notes that the HP t200 provides the capability to connect multiple stations to a single host PC directly over USB for close proximity computing environments without the need for a LAN, or install computer stations in multiple rooms using a single host PC with each station connected over Ethernet.
According to Tim Griffin, president of Userful, the HP t200 thin client combined with Userful MultiSeat software provides the highest performance shared computing solution available on the market today. “The HP t200’s support of both Ethernet and USB provides the flexibility to position stations far away from the host computer, or operate without a LAN, making it a very compelling solution for many use cases,” he states.
He notes that Userful Corporation has successfully deployed over 500,000 Userful zero client stations to schools in every municipality of Brazil, and that the Brazilian Ministry of Education has reported saving 60 percent in upfront costs and 80 percent in annual power savings, compared to its previous PC-per-station solutions. The company believes that its Userful MultiSeat solution truly redefines the cost of a full-featured high-performance computer. The solution is available in Australia through HP.