Cloud Monitor Improves Energy Consumption in Business Applications

Being around for some time in the diverse IT industry, cloud computing technology seems to finally take off from time to time with higher adoption rate in multiple devices including monitors. The first development of cloud monitor concept itself took place back around 80s but not necessarily saw significant deployment until recently. More or less, the growing use of cloud monitor is greatly affected by the high interest of major display manufacturers on its potential for business applications. Particularly in business applications, inflated IT resources have been an ongoing issue for many companies with PC-centric environment. They have to spend an enormous sum of money to buy, replace, and maintain those equipments periodically after some years and in mass amount. As such, display manufacturers figure out that cloud monitor could be just the answer to the potential yet under cultivated new market of business applications. At its heart, cloud monitor works in a similar concept as thin-client which allows multiple users to access data from a centralized PC servers. However, cloud monitor offers more advantage such as low resources and maintenance, lower power consumption, and most importantly more secure working environment for business applications.

Cloud monitor also requires very minimal hardware resources as it relies on the cloud technology to directly connect to and access data in centralized data center with no whatsoever PC, memory, or storage. In general, thin client usually comes with separate or attached components to help them to connect to the server. In comparison, cloud monitor only need a display and thus the moniker zero-client. Really, all users in business applications need is input devices such as keyboards and mice. With only display units to power, cloud monitor definitely can help business applications to reduce energy consumption significantly because the lower power is needed per zero-client.

Some cloud monitor models such as LG V-Series cloud monitor even further improves energy consumption by using UPoE technology from Cisco which optimize energy consumption by make automatic adjustment when and where needed. This technology also combines networking and power source in a single cable connection to help create a a clutter-free working environment in business applications. In any case, LED backlighting also makes it way to the cloud monitor for maximum improvement on energy consumption. That aside, users can also expect to save resources on the maintenance aspect as cloud monitor have no hardware component other than the display itself. They also do not have to fuss over operating system, software or any troubleshooting issues common with thin-client and traditional PC applications because all you get with the cloud monitor is pixels, no more. With lower power consumption and low maintenance design, users in business application will eventually come to enjoy substantial cut down on investment and overall operating costs.

But then most crucial benefits cloud monitor can offer business applications is probably the high performance and enhanced security. With the traditional PC systems and displays, users in business application should go for devices with high end specification or commercial solutions which is often more expensive with equally high resources to tend to them before and after the installation. Not to mention, they also have to deal with both hardware and software issues for every and each of the PC installations. Thin-client makes a better option with the centralized server but users in business application still have to deal with the few moving components inside. Enter cloud monitor. With no operating system, storage, and memory, cloud monitor provide optimum performance without a hitch and practically no hardware and software issues. Incompatibility issues, therefore, is also out of question with cloud monitors since all it does is display the data and applications in pixel.

In fact, the cloud monitor also runs faster in terms of general operation with applications and data which is all stored on the cloud-connected servers. This ways, users in business application now can focus more on their works than the technology itself, enhancing overall work productivity. On the other hand, cloud monitor also drives more secure working environment in business applications because there is no single data stored on the display unit itself. All the process of encoding and encryption takes place in cloud and goes around the data center. As a result, the cloud monitor is virtually immune to any virus, malware, hackers, or any security threats which can interrupt your work in business applications. At the same time, the cloud monitor also helps to improve confidential data and information in security-critical business applications. All in all, cloud monitor obviously is one of the best solution or investment to be exact for those looking to improve power consumption and work productivity in business applications.

High Performance, Low Power

For business applications, high performance IT resources is essential to make sure smooth and seamless work flow between departments. Nevertheless with so many people in your organization, it also means big amount of resources and thus high power consumption. It is only normal to assume that if you expect a system to function at its peak, you should be ready to deal with soaring energy consumption as well. With cloud monitor, you do not have to face such problems. You can enjoy high performance for every system without having to worry over power consumption as the cloud monitor is powered by advanced chipset which ensures powerful processing power and low power consumption at the same time.

Among the recent ones is the TERA2, which is also the same chipset to power LG V-Series cloud monitor. Compared to the previous generation of TERA1, this chipset runs up to five times faster but still able to keep power consumption low as possible. In fact, LG V Series cloud monitor uses only 24 Watt at D-Sub connection or 29 Watt at PCoIP connection. And when we have the PCoIP in the discussion, you should note that PCoIP technology is the real brain behind all the wonders of cloud monitor and its high performance but lower power consumption operation. The technology basically allows cloud monitor to connect to the data center via IP networks and functions primarily to deliver data from the data center to the connected cloud monitor in the form of pixels using display compression mechanism. Also, it supports multi-codec to intelligently decode images for ensured high quality contents. Thanks to the powerful yet energy efficient, users in business applications certainly can get highest performance in all times with reasonable costs because of the significantly reduced power consumption. Above all, most cloud monitor is also designed to work with desktop virtualization solution such as Citrix or VMware.

Well Connected

Leveraging on cloud technology does not make cloud monitor any less capable in terms of connectivity. After all, users in business applications will also need peripheral devices and other connected system to work with their cloud monitor. In standard cloud monitor, it should at least have USB to connect the input devices and analog D-Sub to use the monitor as display output. But with several cloud monitor models like LG V Series, it also include Ethernet to connect to the local network or doubles as power connection with PoE feature. However, some manufacturers such as LG also throws in built-in speaker with their cloud monitor to deliver best experience for users in business applications, particularly to enjoy multimedia contents.

(Date: 25 April 2013; Lidya)

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