FSC embarks on regional thin client offensive

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) is planning to bring the lower cost of ownership and enhanced management benefits of the server-based computing model to local companies.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  December 15, 2002

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) is rolling out its range of Futro thin client machines. The vendor hopes to bring the lower total cost of ownership, ease of management, space saving and security benefits of the server-based computing model to companies in the Middle East.

“While computers have become a daily and essential part of our lives, they have also become complex and difficult to maintain. In industries where the emphasis is on accessing and using centrally stored data or applications, the thin client is the ideal answer because it allows businesses to centralise computing power, storage, applications and data on servers and provide users with an inexpensive ‘client’ device,” explains Dirk de Waegeneire, vice president international sales, FSC.

“The client connects to the server through the network to process applications, access files, print, and perform services available to ordinary computers,” he adds.

Currently there are two models available in the Futro range — the Futro B100 and the D100. The B100 unit has connections on the front for keyboard and mouse as well as two USB devices. The B100 also runs Linux and can be ordered as a preconfigured box.

The D100 offers users greater scalability, enabling the user to upgrade the machine upto a fully-fledged PC. The FUTRO D100 can be ordered either with embedded Linux or with a hard disk with Windows XP embedded or a full operating system.

“With this new range of flexible products, we aim to target large centralised enterprises, retail sites, hospitality suites, the education segmnt and sectors [that] require a total systems solution,” says de Waegeneire.

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