These are blade-based PCs that use existing Cat5 cabling to channel KVM traffic and basically move the rest of the network into the datacenter. Users get KVM equipment plugged in to a small desktop box, called a C-Port, that also has a couple of built-in USB ports. You can disable these or simply configure them to recognize only certain peripherals such as printers but not storage volumes.
ClearCube recently let me talk to a customer, InterFix, which is using the company’s solution to do medical transcriptions in Trinidad and Tobago. InterFix employs low-cost data entry personnel there to do fast-turnaround transcriptions, and using a secure ClearCube setup, the company handles data entry, data communications back to InterFix’s HQ in Atlanta, and even data fail-over. And all that’s under the careful eye of HIPAA.
Data-entry personnel can’t accidentally expose data because they can’t move it off InterFix’s network. They can’t steal data because often the data entry operator isn’t even local to the ClearCube blade; the actual data is hundreds of miles away.
Sure, it’s more expensive. The blades are more expensive, the racks cost money, and there's the added need for power and cooling. But those savings are mitigated by a reduction in the need for desktop management personnel. (InterFix, for instance, is managing several hundred users with only two IT workers.) And, of course, there's a drastic reduction in the risk of accidental data exposure.
The folks upstairs may not like it the first time around; but the day that laptop gets left in a taxi, they’ll undoubtedly be in a much better mood.