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January 31, 2013   //   Virtualization, , , , ,


Thin client and desktop virtualization lowers costs by using existing hardware and centralizing computational resources allowing users access to applications, documents and services such as SaaS from anywhere using any type of device (iPads, tablets, smartphones etc.).

This article covers the pros and cons of the thin client model, coupling with other models such as BYOD and best practices for incorporating these models into the enterprise by citing recent deployments.

Thin Client Model and BYOD

By: Brad Ellison and Brandon Meyer

Thin client and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models demonstrate how we as IT leaders adopt to new technology. New technologies must meet the changing market and users’ needs in a rapid and secure way. As a result of the consumerization of IT, users now want their software, hardware and applications to be accessible from multiple locations, and to be compatible across other systems and personal devices. Because of these and other considerations, organizations need to consider if thin client and BYOD models will meet their organization’s needs.

The Advantages of Thin Client

There are numerous advantages to the thin client model which include lower operational costs, better security and higher reliability. The lack of software being installed on devices will not only lower operational costs, but it will also reduce the amount of time it takes to update, troubleshoot and manage your thin client environment. Thin Clients also provide a smaller surface area for security threats. Should a user become infected with a virus, we can simply have them log off and log back in. They will be logged into a new and healthy virtual desktop. Further, if a device is stolen there would be no loss of data, since there is no data on the device. Finally, due to the smaller hardware footprint and sometimes no moving parts, the lifespan of a thin client is five to seven years compared to a normal three year life span.

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