E-box eliminates PC unreliability

DTK Computer Middle East is shepherding its customers away from the hubbub of Gitex 2003 to the quiet surroundings of the Novatel hotel. There they are hearing all about the vendor's latest e-box solution.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  October 19, 2003

DTK Computer Middle East is shepherding its customers away from the hubbub of Gitex 2003 to the quiet surroundings of the Novatel hotel. There they are hearing all about the vendor's latest e-box solution.

The machines are aimed at medium-to-small networked offices and provide improved office and work efficiency for users, while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) for companies.

Key to this cost reduction is the improved reliability the machines deliver due to the absence of a hard drive. "Managing and supporting a fleet of computers is a constant and time consuming activity. The main reason for this is hard drives," says Namir Al Attal, managing director, DTK Computer.

"It is not due to which company has manufactured it, but because it is a mechanical device that will simply fail at some point," he explains.

To help users avoid the problems associated with hard drives, DTK has simply removed them from its e-box solution.

Instead of running the OS locally on the PC, users access applications held on a server with access privileges controlled by the office manager/administrator. The e-boxes are all linked to a server via a Local Area Network (LAN) or the internet.

"What we have done is build a machine that can run native Windows but with only three components in the PC - the motherboard, memory and CPU. There is no hard drive so there is no failure," explains Al Attal.

According to the vendor, this setup is highly cost effective as maintenance on server is negligible while the e-boxes virtually require zero maintenance. Furthermore, the company believes its solution is applicable to virtually any environment currently running PCs, whether they are educational institutes, governments or private businesses.

"Diskless PCs, with network storage, will be the most cost effective solution for enterprise PCs by 2006. We have no competition because no one is making anything else like it," says Al Attal.

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