Many users ask: What is thin client computing? Thin client computing is a concept that has been around for decades. During the late 70s, a “dumb terminal,” or a computer without a hard drive, were being used. They were similar to a thin client in that all processing was done from the CPU or computer they were connected to. A dumb terminal was simply an output device or display monitor that had no computational power to do anything besides display, send and receive text.
Thin client computing has advanced drastically in the last decade and can today rival traditional PCs in performance. Thin client computing has advanced to the point where users can’t tell the difference between a thin device and a “fat” PC. This user experience, coupled with the extensive cost, security, manageability, and scalability benefits of thin clients, is the reason IT personnel in various industries are exploring – and switching – to alternative desktop computing.