IDC expects that five million thin client units will ship globally this year, a 15 percent increase from last year. That number represents around 7 percent of the total number PCs corporate users will buy this year, said O'Donnell.
Along with the t610, HP in March is slated the t510 running a VIA Eden X2 U4200 1 GHz dual core chip. This model is designed for purpose-built uses, such as a call center.
The t5010 is priced from $250 and the t610 from $399.
The pricing competition for thin clients will be the PC, said Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT.
Deploying virtualization on the desktops carries "a fairly significant initial investment," said King. "Where the real benefits accrue is in the relative ease of management."
But as far the PC is concerned, "it's fairly easy for an enterprise to roll out traditional clients on a case-by-case basis," said King.
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