IT pros and administrators at organizations of all sizes and in all verticals can benefit from the switch to thin client computing.
From call centers running basic office applications to financial firms running dual screens to CAD users needing high-performance graphics, leveraging a thin client network is not only more economical than PC deployment, but easier for IT administrators to manage. Many thin client customers are finding that making the transition from desktop PCs to a thin client network is easy.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Thin client can be purchased for as low as $149 each, drastically lowering deployment costs when compared to a PC environment. They can also last between 7-10 years and require lower ongoing expenditures and administrative costs. On average thin clients can save companies nearly $1,000 per seat in maintenance costs. Thin clients also use anywhere from 8-10 watts of power, compared to 150 watts for PCs. These green benefits help companies save an upwards of nearly 85% on their power costs.
Between lower capital investments for deployment, reduced maintenance and administrative costs, and lower energy bills, thin clients’ TCO is much lower than traditional PCs.
Since there is no hard drive or floppy drive, thin clients are protected from the use of unauthorized software or the introduction of viruses. Data cannot be copied to a disk or saved to any other location than the central server. Centralized processing makes it easy to manage and monitor system access and to enforce security policies and procedures, so that internal security risk is minimized.
Unlike PCs and traditional laptops, thin clients are locked down and offer greater security against theft, damage, malware, spyware, and viruses because all data is on the network – not the computer.
All software and hardware upgrades, security policies, application changes, etc. can be made in the data center and immediately take effect on thin clients. IT personnel are not required – as they are with PCs – to fix individual problems. Data backup is also simplified.
If you are repairing your car, you don’t work on it in the living room, you work on it in the garage. Thin clients help IT personnel centrally manage their desktops from one place: the data center.