According to industry data, as much as 80% of an IT budget is typically allocated to lifecycle management costs or total cost of ownership (TCO). Spending such a large amount of time managing lifecycles means that the IT Department spends far less time providing strategic value to the organization. Lenovo's alternative client solutions can reduce costs by as much as 40%, while also freeing up IT staff to focus on more strategic business initiatives.

Lenovo offers two main alternative client computing solutions that deliver a broad range of features and functionality. We feature both a Secure Managed Client and a Thin Client, the perfect solution for customers seeking a desktop alternative for the branch office or the local campus. Our alternative client solutions provide:
  • Flexibility, ease of deployment, and integration
  • Low lifecycle management cost
  • Centralized maintenance
  • Enhanced security for corporate and end-user data

VXL Thin Client

Product Description
VXL Instruments, the pioneer in thin client computing, is now providing Lenovo customers worldwide with the latest in thin client technology, including thin client desktops, zero clients, and mobile devices. With the growing demands of desktop virtualization and secure cloud access, VXL offers devices for whatever drives your endpoint: VMware® View, Citrix® XenApp or XenDesktop, and Microsoft® Hyper-V or Terminal Services.

You can configure VXL thin clients with Windows® Embedded Standard (WES2009 or WES7), Windows® XPe, SUSE Linux, GIO2 Linux, Sylph-OS, and PXE. No matter what device you choose, VXL provides no-cost XLmanage software for quick, easy, and cost-effective management of your devices. (Zero clients don't require any management.)

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Secure Managed Client (SMC)

Product Description
Secure Managed Client (SMC) delivers a superior end-user, business, and IT experience when compared to other alternative client solutions. It consists of a client, a Lenovo co-developed software stack, and a Lenovo Storage Array Appliance. This storage based alternative client solution doesn't require a costly back-end server infrastructure. It's designed to help businesses drastically reduce their support costs and increase data security, while delivering the end-user with a full PC experience.

The core of the solution is built on the Lenovo Client Virtualization Platform and industry standard technology from Intel. The Secure Managed Client is easy to deploy, supports standard Windows® and PC options, and leverages existing IT efforts for application and image creation. The solution provides the end-user with native video performance and delivers full Windows XP or Vista application support and functionality.

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