HP announced a new feature called "HP Velocity" that's now available in all their thin clients. Based on technology they licensed from LiveQoS (formerly called "iPeak,"), Velocity technology can reconstruct network packets that are lost or damaged in transit. (It's often described as "RAID for network packets.") Lost or damaged packets is something that happens more and more with crowded WiFi and public 3G and 4G networks, and even a few tenths of a percent of packet loss can negatively affect the user experience.
We've talked and argued about LiveQoS/iPeak quite a bit in the past, including at BriForum and on BrianMadden.com in an article I wrote two years ago. My general feeling was that I like the technology, but I thought, "ugg, now that's just one more thing I need to add to the stack!" But this HP deal changes that. They licensed the software version which they'll build into all of their client client and smart client firmware packages. Then there's also an agent that you install into your remote Windows VM. The licensing is handled by HP--it doesn't cost you anything and you can install the remote agent into as many VMs as you want. (It will automatically kick-in when it detects an HP thin client.)
Here's a video I shot of the HP Velocity in action. Note that I literally shot this myself--Justin was not with me--so I apologize for my amateurish handling of the camera.
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