Explanations for the thin client beginner, expert
and everyone in between.
"Enterprise users are unlikely to notice differences
in comparing thin clients with a PC platform, but for system managers,
those differences are dramatic. Most thin clients lack hard drives and
fans, reducing repair costs. In addition, the lack of hard drives ensures
that vital data resides on servers. Software upgrades and revisions are
easier to deploy, since they can be done from the server, rather than
rolled out across multiple PCs.
- eweek.com excerpted from "Wyse Rides Thin-Client Wave With
Two Models" by Ken Popovich 8/19/02
A thin client is a low-cost, centrally-managed computer.
IT people love Thin Clients for their simplicity and ease of management.
As IT infrastructures become increasingly dense and complex, thin clients
offer a simplified, straightforward, low maintenance alternative to PCs.
The idea behind Thin Clients is to be able to fit the capabilities of
a computer to the essential applications per workstation. They tend to
be purchased and remain "thin" in terms of the client applications
they include. However, one workstation can be as "thin" as a
dumb terminal/green screen supporting data entry only, while another on
the same network can be as "fat" as a PC. These can include
a browser, local & Microsoft Windows based applications and Unix based
applications, like Word processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting programs,
and more from any Web Browser over the Internet or a Corporate Intranet.
Thin Client terminals run a lightweight (but hardworking) operating system
(OS) and execute applications delivered over the network. Thin Clients
can have far fewer input devices (floppy drives, CD-ROMs, etc) since all
data is kept on a central server, rather than on each individual desktop.
As a result Thin Clients are much more secure, more flexible, cost much
less and require fewer IT resources.
Call us with questions or for a quote. Together we'll
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Still Learning Definition
- Not a beginner, but not expert, either Thin Client is simply when
you host your applications and data centrally on a server, like the old
days of mainframes and text terminals. In fact, mainframe terminals are
the original thin clients!
All the real applications of a Thin Client are in a shared server. Application
servers are high-powered computers with enough processing power and memory
to run applications for all concurrent users.
Today it is possible to run modern Web and Windows™ -based software, as
well as Linux and .Net using this time-tested architecture. It is more secure,
more manageable, more affordable and more reliable than a client-server
architecture where data and applications reside on PCs spread throughout
your organization. This is the simple beauty of server-centric computing,
which is also referred to as server-based computing or simply SBC.
Client systems range from dumb terminals to mostly autonomous PCs. Thin
clients fall in between. Let's compare thin clients to dumb terminals (green
screens) and PCs.
|Dumb Terminals /
||RDP or ICA Terminal
to mainframe or computer
to a server
to a server
networked to a server
|Programs originate &
execute on one central computer
||Programs originate &
execute on server; graphics execute on desktop
||Programs originate on
server & execute on desktop or server
||Programs usually originate
& execute on desktop, but can originate or execute on server
complexity & host independence increases => => =>
=> => => =>
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All application processing is performed on a shared
server or group of servers, not the desktop system. This means that
only the screen, keyboard and mouse information are passed to the client
desktop system, as if you were remote controlling a Windows session
on the Server.
An application server requires system software such as Citrix® MetaFrame™
or Microsoft® Windows 2000™ (or better) to enable processing on the
server. These allow connected users to run applications in a shared
environment - just as if each had its own "virtual PC" in
the server, making the user device simply a keyboard-mouse-video device.
Thin Clients run on and support both RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol (Windows
view)) and ICA (CITRIX).
Centralized applications and processing dramatically reduce the need
for hands-on maintenance. Upgrades and profiles are set at the server
and automatically deployed to every location with a client connection.
A thin-client device consists of a network card, processor, video card,
and some local memory. Designed for information access devices, the
small, single-chip solution features reduced power consumption, maximum
Internet compatibility, and intelligent integration.
Thin Clients are right for you if any of the following
- you are using standard applications, especially
Windows 2000 certified
- you are not currently running a managed environment
- our enterprise is very distributed, with many
- your LAN requires upgrading
- your client devices are nearing replacement date
Call us for a quote on the best Thin Client terminal
Together we'll decide if Thin Clients are your answer.Call
us at 800-457-8499 or 440-953-1119 or email
Choose Vecmar Computer Solutions to install, deploy
and support your thin client networks.
Please contact one of our account executives to discuss
your specific needs: call 800-457-8499 or 440-953-1119 or email
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