Modern Middle Manager
Primarily my musings on the practical application of technology and management principles at a financial services company.
Blade PC's?

Monday, April 26, 2004  

HP is shipping blade PC's, which link a thin client to a blade running a Transmeta processor. Huh? Who thought this was a good idea? I understand Citrix and server-based computing. I understand blade servers. I understand virtualized servers. But what the hell is this? It's PC Anywhere by hardware and makes no sense to me. What marketing genius thought this up?

Marketing Weenie Analyst: "The industry is migrating towards the centralization of information technology resource management, building a resilient, distributed, utility grid computing infrastructure. This change wave has catalyzed the storage and server market segments, yet left untouched the enormous potential of leveraging the centralization paradigm to the desktop platform. With this in mind, I suggest we find synergy between the consolidation of data centers using blade servers and the TCO reduction of thin clients. To wit, the blade PC, at $1399 each."

Marketing Manager: "You are a f*****g genius. Let's roll!"

And so it was in the land that the worst of blade servers and thin client computing were synergized and brought forth. And lo, let it be said that the PCjr has company in the Desktop Hall of Shame, for this shalt be a real stinker.

posted by Henry Jenkins | 4/26/2004 06:49:00 PM

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