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30th September 2008, 09:49 AM #1
I'm in the middle of trying to find 28 workstations and monitors for a classroom and our finance officer suggested that we look for a green option. Someone then suggested green hives from very pc!
Never heard of them? Me neither!
Take a look at the link as it does look interesting...
VeryPC - Ecology • Economy • Performance - Business - GreenHive - GreenHive 7 User - GreenHive 7 User Package
30th September 2008, 09:59 AM #2
I remember these! There were on Dragons Den
30th September 2008, 10:02 AM #3
yay, the keyboard and mice have to be ps2 and the monitors have to be d-sub.
looks like a nightmare waiting to happen - but I'm always fairly pessimistic about anything labeled 'green'
30th September 2008, 10:05 AM #4
Seems to just be some sort of terminal service for XP. Licensing for XP is certainly very iffy for this area. There are a number of big limitations there too, 10m range, low res etc.
I'd run, screaming.
30th September 2008, 10:08 AM #5
Yeh, I've got to be honest, I was interested in the concept but not buying them!
I'm looking at RM ecoquiets as they are at about 60w.
30th September 2008, 01:14 PM #6
It looks like they're simply selling ready-made PCs with two N-Computing cards in. I've got the hardware in for a four-workstation setup for our staffroom, but haven't gotten around to setting it up yet. I plan to skip Windows XP, use Windows Server instead. A nice compact case, motherboard, 4-core processor, 4GB of RAM, N-Computing card and four second-hand screens cost somewhere around £700, £100 more for a copy of Server (plus a bit for device CALs, another £100?), and that's about all you need. Another N-Computing card should bring the total cost to well under £1000.
Originally Posted by reggiep
Last edited by dhicks; 30th September 2008 at 01:16 PM.
Reason: Added bit about CALs.
30th September 2008, 01:19 PM #7
I'd simply go down the thin client route myself.
30th September 2008, 01:52 PM #8
go thin client and plant some tree's to appease the hippies
30th September 2008, 03:34 PM #9
If I understand correctly, the N-Computing devices are thin clients (uh, or "desktop virtualisation" devices - difference?) - they seem to work best with Windows Server rather than XP. I'll let people know when I've had more of a look at them, they certainly seem like they should work nicely.
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