Workers, in a thin client environment, do their computing on a virtual desktop residing on the central server. Users access the server through a thin client—a simple computing device that contains no hard drives or other moving parts and relies on the server for all computing resources.
Why a Business Should Consider a Thin Client Solution
Thin clients are the ideal solution for today’s healthcare, government, industrial, retail, financial, and education industries if the operation is facing such issues as:
- Desktop replacement costs
- Network security
- Data access to mobile or remote workers
- Supporting application hardware on diverse hardware
- Ensuring data is accessible and secure
Thin clients have no hard drive, allowing for more secure storage of data and applications on the server. Keystrokes, mouse activity, and screen images are all that is sent between the client and the server. They are easy to replace if lost, stolen, or damaged. Thin clients are the ideal choice for businesses that face regulatory compliance laws such as HIPAA or Sarbanes-Oxley.
Thin clients are managed at the server.
- Client hardware has fewer points of failure and is less susceptible to viruses and malware.
- The clients connect to servers via web browsers or remote desktop software.
Thin clients are fast and easy to deploy—they can be out of the box and set up in less than ten minutes. Plus, they can be remotely configured and managed. Software updates, virus scanning, and patches can be executed on the server
- In the event of a natural disaster or emergency, thin clients provide business continuity.
- Thin Client hardware has no hard drive, fan, or other moving parts,
- They have a much longer lifespan than standard computers and can be cost-effectively replaced.
- Thin clients are ideal for dusty, remote, or space-constrained environments.
Thin clients offer significant savings in power usage over traditional desktops. This is realized not only in lower energy costs but in reduced cooling costs by the elimination of heat generating PCs in some cases.
Thin clients come in a “number of flavors” depending on the type of hardware.
$400 – $800 per thin client