Desktop virtualization promises many benefits including simplified and standardized desktop support, greater consistency and control, centralized data storage, and better security and compliance.
But if users want true desktop virtualization success, they would be well advised to evaluate the different software options across various thin clients. The right software and management console can create the perfect opportunity for users and IT departments to realize the full benefits of desktop virtualization.
Thin clients are based on a constantly maturing, cost-effective technology that is already being widely deployed internationally in many industries. Combined with virtualization, thin clients enable users to work in a personal environment that is enhanced by constant access to high-powered, centralized computing. In the era of doing more with less, virtualized thin client networks are now center stage. The source of this success? Centralized data center environments, which enable CIOs to deploy virtualized environments front-ended by thin clients to save money, slash energy costs, enhance security and increase productivity—anywhere, anytime.
Both software creators and hardware manufacturers are coming together in a way that emphasizes the strengths of thin clients’ simplicity, security, and affordability, increasing their value and capabilities compared to fat client PCs that have consumed so many budget dollars.
When it comes to computing in general, we are constantly seeing “The Battle of the Hardware Brands” in the news. Hardware is forever changing, so when company “A” releases their next big hardware feature, company “B” is only two days behind. It’s a constantly evolving playing field. However, the critical aspect that determines which hardware is ultimately successful is the software it runs. Isn’t that the difference between the Mac lovers and the PC lovers? Sure we prefer some designs and “feel” of our hardware over the other, or a certain brand over another, but those shouldn’t be your only deciding factors when taking your enterprise and turning to a virtual environment.
In the evaluation phase before choosing the products that are going to take you into the virtualized world, test drive them. The operating system on thin clients should provide an intuitive user interface to make creating and maintaining remote desktop connections and terminal settings a breeze. You also want to make sure your operating system can easily be managed by thin client management software to provide both users and administrators a cohesive solution to IT concerns such as connection management, terminal configurations, and system updates.
Your thin client management software should be a powerful software product that combines thin client management capabilities with connection management features. Whether you are overseeing a large scale deployment or just managing a small group of thin client terminals, the best thin client management software will prove to be an invaluable tool for both simple and complex environments. With the right thin client management software, rolling out new applications or upgrading existing ones can be done in a fraction of the time it takes in non-virtualized workplaces.
Virtualized thin client computing can play a key role in ensuring business continuity at a time when downtime is unacceptable to many companies. There are many benefits to thin client computing but evaluating the different options is vital. Both users and IT departments can work more efficiently with the best thin client solution.