A thin client is a fanless desktop terminal that has no hard drive. All features typically found on the desktop PC, including applications, sensitive data, memory, etc., are stored back in the data center when using a thin client.
A thin client running Remote Desktop Protocols (RDP), like Citrix ICA and Windows Terminal Services, and/or virtualization software, accesses hard drives in the data center stored on servers, blades, etc. Thin clients, software services, and backend hardware make up thin client computing, a virtual desktop computing model.
Thin clients are used as a PC replacement technology to help customers immediately access any virtual desktop or virtualized application. Thin clients provide businesses a cost-effective way to create a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Thin clients are utilized in various industries and enterprises worldwide that all have different requirements but share common goals. The cost, security, manageability, and scalability benefits of thin clients are all reasons that IT personnel are exploring –and switching– to thin clients.
Cost-wise, the price per seat of a thin client deployment has dropped to the point where it is more cost effective than regular PCs. This has been a claim that many in the thin client industry have made in the past, but the fact is that the technology that has been developed within the past year has made it a definitive reality.
Thin clients run an operating system locally and carry flash memory rather than a hard disk. Since it has no hard drive or local storage, all applications and data are stored on a central server, but advanced thin client technologies help users still experience the same look and feel as on a PC. Thin clients allow for local printing, audio and serial device support, web browsing, terminal emulation and can combine local processing with network computing.
Thin clients are protected from the use or access of unauthorized software or the introduction of viruses; there are No viruses.
Data Protected, Data cannot be copied to a disk or removable flash memory.
Reduces Power consumption by 97%
Thin clients consume an average of 8-20 watts compared to a 150 watt for PC.
Cost savings from electricity bill can be reinvested.
Systems can be Virtually Preconfigured, Packaged and Put into Operation in Minutes.
Access the same apps and data from virtually anywhere.
Independent host access.
Productivity can increase, while standard PCs have long repair times that cause delays and higher costs
Centralized processing makes it easy to manage and monitor the system.
All software and hardware upgrades, security policies, application changes, etc. can be made in the data center.
Reducing IT Administration headaches, Minimize the help desk support cost.
Less downtime, increasing productivity amongst End Users and IT personnel.