Hewlett-Packard Company has implemented the successful thin-client/server solution of NetVectra Windows-based terminals and NetServer systems at the University of Utah Hospital. The NetVectra Windows-based terminals support Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for links to applications running on Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Terminal Server Edition and the Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) protocol for connections to programmes running on Citrix MetaFrame or Citrix WinFrame servers.
At present, the University of Utah Hospital disposes of a network of over 1000 NetVectra Windows-based terminals, in combination with HP NetServer systems. These include the reliable NetServer LPr as well as the powerful LXr 8000 systems, to deliver multi-user Windows computing with Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition and load balancing via Citrix MetaFrame. The solution provides the hospital staff with a familiar Windows environment and the flexibility to log on to any Windows-based terminal at any location. Users have access to more than 30 server-based applications to complete their day-to-day tasks.
Jason Traeden, senior system analyst at University of Utah Hospital, states that most of the health care takers can do everything they need to get their jobs done with a thin-client instead of a PC. Eventually, the hospital would like to have its computing environment consist of approximately two-thirds thin-client and one-third PC for desktop access. According to the University of Utah Hospital, the central management and simple deployment features which are built into NetVectra Windows-based terminals with HP NetServer systems provide significant cost savings for the Department of Information Systems and make everyday operations more effective and stress free.
Last summer, the University of Utah Hospital purchased eight remote clinics with more than 500 users. It took only 90 days to get these up and running on the hospital's system, according to Jason Traeden. Without the assistance from the thin-client/server infrastructure, it would have taken a lot longer to bring those users on-line whereas the expenses would have been a great deal higher. The thin-client/server solution is equipped with integrated terminal-emulation capabilities, networking, two serial ports, 16MB of RAM, keyboard and mouse.
With the introduction of the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) industry-standard manageability, the NetVectra Windows-based terminals can be viewed, tracked and managed using HP TopTools, the only free, Web-based thin-client/server-management solution available, as well as leading enterprise-management platforms, such as HP OpenView, CA Unicenter TNG or Tivoli TME 10. All HP NetServer systems come equipped with HP TopTools management software and HP OpenView ManageX/SE for network operating system and application management, as well as the HP NetServer Navigator, featuring easy-to-use tools, as to configure, install and manage HP NetServer systems.