General Dynamics Itronix has introduced four new ultra-thin client computers to the company’s growing line of Tadpole products: the Tadpole® M1000, Tadpole M1500, Tadpole Pulsar and Tadpole Pulsar Premium. Each of the new ultra-thin clients enable PC-like performance, including the connectivity and high-speed computing that users expect when working on a company network locally or connecting worldwide using a virtual private network (VPN).
Mark Johnston, general manager for General Dynamics Itronix operations, said, “Core computing is moving from the end-user to secure centralized servers. Enabling that transition, the Tadpole line of ultra-thin clients, with enterprise class features and capabilities, allow IT teams to work on server-based capabilities and business process efficiencies, while saving costs on IT security, administration, help-desk and other expenses.”
Ultra-thin clients look like a typical PC and act like one when connected to a server. But, unlike a PC, Tadpole ultra-thin clients are free of hard drives, memory, operating system or application software, virtually immunizing the units against viruses and security issues associated with lost or stolen computers. Other features include:
• ‘Instant-on’ access to customized user environments from any thin client on networks including 3G, LAN or WAN;
• Simple plug-and-play set up or replacement for one, or one thousand ultra-thin clients;
• Fifty-percent less power consumption than a PC, a ‘green’ computing alternative;
• High-resolution, daylight-viewable displays; and
• Integrated VPN.
Highlights of the four new Tadpole ultra-thin clients include:
• Tadpole M1000, a three-pound device designed for distributed, highly mobile users and general purpose computing;
• Tadpole M1500 high-performance notebook with a 15-inch LCD screen that supports high-definition multimedia, 3-D imaging and video and all of the features of the M1000;
• Tadpole Pulsar, a wireless desktop unit configured for complex operations including dual displays, optical networking, high-definition multimedia, 3-D video and imaging; and
• Tadpole Pulsar Premium, a wireless desktop unit for general-purpose computing.
Representing General Dynamics Itronix’ continuing investment in enhancing computing capability, the Tadpole ultra-thin clients enable enhanced information sharing, security and agility for users in virtually any organization that relies on information technology.
Two customers successfully using Tadpole ultra-thin clients sum up their experiences this way:
Derby College, in Derby, UK, recently renovated a 170-year-old building into a ‘state of the art’ academic campus. Jacqui Garton, who leads the college’s IT efforts, said, “We evaluated multiple computing solutions for the new campus and decided on the Tadpole ultra-thin client. The Tadpole devices enabled IT cost reductions with improved information security, computing availability and accessibility for our students and staff.”
Dany Briard, director of Information Technology for the Cascade Tissue Division, sums up the company’s experience by saying, “Ultra-thin client computers improve company productivity and efficiency as users can pull a Tadpole device off a storage shelf, enter their identification card and connect to the company network instantly.”
Tadpole is a product line of General Dynamics Itronix, a leading developer of wireless, rugged computing solutions for mobile workers, offering a full range of field computing systems including laptops, ultra mobile notebook PCs and tablet PCs. General Dynamics Itronix is part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
General Dynamics (gdc4s.com), headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,200 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.