Thin Client Desktop Virtualisation
What is Thin Client Desktop Virtualisation?
Thin clients are computing devices that function as an access device on a network. These solid-state devices connect over a network to a server where the bulk of the processing takes place. Thin clients have no hard drive, allowing for more secure storage of data and applications on the server.
In fact, keystrokes, mouse events and screen images are all that is sent between the client and server. This makes the device much more secure than a standard desktop or notebook computer.
With no hard drive, fan or other moving parts, thin clients have a much longer lifespan than standard computers and use significantly less power. Lower maintenance costs are another benefit as software application updates, virus scanning and patches can be executed on the server. Deployment costs are also reduced as thin clients can be remotely configured and do not need to be set up individually. Break-fix simply requires replacing the thin client.
Thin clients could be the right solution for you if you are concerned with:
- Desktop replacement costs
- Network Security
- Data Access to mobile or remote workers
- Supporting application software on diverse hardware
- Ensuring your data remains accessible and secure
Unlike a traditional desktop or notebook computer, no applications or data are stored locally on the thin client. This makes them easy to replace if lost, stolen or damaged. Thin clients are an ideal choice for businesses that are facing increased regulatory compliance laws such as HIPAA or Sarbanes-Oxley.
Increased energy efficiency
Thin clients offer significant savings in power usage over traditional desktops. This is realised not only in energy costs but reduced air-conditioning costs in some cases. With their long life cycle thin clients allow companies to achieve energy savings targets and reduce the need for replacement equipment.
With thin client access devices, business continuity is a given in the event of a natural disaster, as the data and applications are not resident on the client device. Because of their solid state design, thin clients have an extended product life of up to 5 years and can be cost effectively replaced if needed. They are ideal for environments unsuited for traditional desktop computers like dusty, remote or space-constrained environments and can be mounted invisibly just about anywhere.
Thin clients are managed at the server, located within the data centre. The client hardware has fewer points of failure and lacks a hard drive for storage providing protection from viruses and malware. They connect to servers via web browsers or remote desktop software and can be very simple single-application kiosks or a flexible and familiar Windows environment. Thin clients can be set up out of the box in less than 10 minutes allowing easy deployment to new users or remote locations.
Lower total cost of ownership
The increased security, reliability and ease of management contribute to a lower total cost of ownership for your client computing devices.
With a longer useful lifespan, thin clients contribute to cost savings. According to a study by Gartner (TCO Comparison of PCs with Server-Based Computing, June 2006) thin client TCO annual savings have been measured to reveal huge savings (see right).
- 79% less downtime cost per user
- 16% capital cost savings
- 34% less in maintenance
- 19% less to operate
- 48% overall lower total cost
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