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LG Monitors Take The Office To The Cloud

5/03/2012 10:27:03 AM Eastern
Seoul, South Korea - LG Electronics really has its head in "the Cloud" this week. First the company announced the beta launch of the LG Cloud service designed for three-screen applications, and on Thursday it revealed an advanced P series of Cloud monitors for the office.

The new 23-inch VMware-based Zero Client workstation monitors are designed to help companies "do away with desktops and laptops altogether," according to a statement.

Each monitor can be networked to create a virtual computing system. They come packaged with Cisco's Universal Power over Ethernet (UPoE) technology, enabling centralized resources, greater system security and reduced costs.

"These monitors are a highly appealing option for the next-generation workspace architecture," stated J.J. Lee, LG Home Entertainment IT business unit executive VP. "The P series combines two technologies -- Cloud monitor networking and IPS panels -- for a combination that offers exciting new possibilities in terms of efficiency in the workplace and gives LG a significant role in virtual computing."

LG explained that the P-series monitors are designed around a server-based model offering "a range of unique benefits. First and foremost, because the software is managed from a centralized network, there's greater security from hacking, viruses and spyware by allowing the data flow to be more easily monitored and blocked if necessary."

LG's Zero Client Cloud Computing technology also consolidates servers and requires less hardware, the company said.

Each station is tethered by a simple LAN cable, and requires only a keyboard and a mouse to operate.

A CPU, memory and storage are not necessary at the user end, which means employees don't need to install operating systems or software.

In addition, booting speeds are faster than traditional desktops, and the entire system is in line with eco-friendly green computing standards, LG said.

The P series uses the VMware platform, which oversees server integration. VMware is an automated virtual infrastructure that helps companies further reduce costs by managing the network and ensuring system efficiency.

Because the platform is automated, the delivery of IT services to each work station is faster and compliance to system specifications is guaranteed, the company said. The software also schedules secure back-ups and interruption-free system updates.

Cisco's UPoE technology is said to have only minimal energy requirements and delivers power over LAN cabling to networked devices. With the EnergyWise program, UPoE can track power consumption and make adjustments in real-time for greater efficiency.

UPoE technology also eliminates cables and connectors, letting employees make better use of their office space.

The 23-inch LCD monitors use IPS rather than TN (twisted nematic) panels, which is said to provide more life-like color reproduction and picture quality at a wider viewing angle.

The N2311AZ also reduces eye fatigue, making it the ideal monitor for visual-based occupations like graphic design. System pricing was not disclosed.
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