The Internet terminals under development by Hewlett Packard will be aimed squarely at the corporate market, and the firm will not chase the home Net terminal market, it revealed last week.
Kaare Lunde, European business development manager at HP, said it will ignore the consumer market for Internet terminals. 'HP will not make $500 Internet boxes. Oracle will do that for the home market but will be limited in functionality.' Lunde pointed out that the terminals offer advantages because they are inexpensive, server independent, allow access to shared resources and have a long lifecycle. 'All corporates think differently and these clients can suit them.' He said corporates require, and will pay for, Internet and Intranet access, Windows applications, use of legacy systems and Unix server access.
Lunde was speaking at an event hosted by X-terminal distributor Xanadu Systems, cross-platform software firm Insignia Solutions and HP, and the hosts agreed the solution offered by Oracle and other manufacturers will follow a thinner client model than corporate customers need.
Insignia has recently launched a cross-platform connectivity application for Windows NT, Ntrigue. David Sidwell, VP of European sales and support at Insignia, said: 'I hope Ntrigue will bring NT to the outside world in the way Soft Windows bought Windows to the non-Wintel world.' Sidwell believes Vars and corporates are nervous about NT as they do not know when it will become stable and established. 'The beauty of an Insignia and HP solution is that the speed depends on the server, not the clients. Companies could use their 286 PCs or old Macs as thin clients. The result is a low-cost desktop with NT.'
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