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Over the last 20 or so years business computing has moved from centralised servers onto the desktop, and is now rapidly moving back to centralised services again. Thin Computing is the latest evolution of terminal equipment which removes the complexity and cost of running full pc computers at each desk. The end result is lower operating costs and increased reliability, security and control. 

Thin Computing delivers the productivity people need, at a lower cost than traditional methods, all without compromising security or manageability. Thin Computing replaces the PC with a Thin or Zero Client, making it easier for IT to manage user desktops by moving the desktop complexity to your servers, or even to our datacenter (leveraging our datacentre hosting capabilities).  Analysts agree that this approach improves the reliability and security of information, dramatically lowers IT costs, reduces energy consumption, and is far better for the environment. Yet Thin Computing still provides the access to applications and data that people need in order to move the business forward. All while improving on the security, reliability, and availability for users.

People often make the mistake of thinking that Thin Computing is just another name for thin-client computing. Actually, Thin Computing includes hardware services and software that work with Thin Clients, Zero Clients, and PCs, as well as wireless devices including tablets and other systems. It gives everybody in the organization secure access to the information and the applications they need, without requiring the desktop systems to store them.

 

Why Thin Computing and Why Now?

Today, as much as 80 percent of IT's budget is allocated to maintenance and support.  Chief Information Officers have seen their titles evolve to Chief Infrastructure Officer, as they are totally consumed by the need to manage infrastructure problems and keep things running smoothly. Thin Computing not only reduces the cost to deliver desktop computing by as much as 40 percent or more, it also frees IT staff time to focus on more strategic initiatives. Additionally, the increased availability of high-bandwidth network connections and the sophistication of datacenter architectures based on Microsoft Windows Terminal Services, or VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, allow Thin Computing solutions to run at desktop speeds, and display rich multimedia like never before. This makes it easier and more acceptable for business professionals to use Thin Computing in mission-critical applications.

Thin Client Computing?

 

Zero Client Computing?

The majority of today’s thin clients have a small OS in them that provides the functionality to securely connect to servers and display applications for workers. The small amount of software in these devices is why they’re called “thin” clients. Enterprises have successfully adopted this technology in the millions of units.

 

But, there is an opportunity to make the desktop even thinner – called a Zero Client. A Zero Client has no local OS pre-installed on the unit. This information is provisioned to the desktop (like a cell phone is provisioned when purchased) when it is powered up, based on the worker’s role in the organization. As a general rule, Zero clients cost less, and don’t need to be managed, but require more network bandwidth than Thin Clients.

 

Why HP Thin Clients?

HP Flexible Thin Clients deliver a true, PC-like experience for virtualized desktop environments.  A flexible alternative to the PC, offering up to 6 USB ports, wired or wifi network connectivity, and centralised management for configuration, updates and deployment.

Because the operating system on a thin client is able to run basic software such as web browsers, in some circumstances they can be a better choice than zero clients for users who need to work with video or multimedia.  The locally installed software allows media to be rendered on the thin client, providing a smoother more "pc like" experience.  however, thin clients require more management and support than zero clients.

 

The HP t610 Flexible Series Thin Clients are designed with the environment in mind.

  • BFR/PVC-Free4
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • EPEAT ® Gold registered5
  • Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics > 20% (excluding PCB)

 

Why Oracle SunRay Zero Clients?

Oracle Sunray Thin Client Terminals suit customers with 12 or more terminals and have an amazingly low 5 watt power consumption. Sun's unique 'smart card' technology allows a staff member to transfer their desktop instantly to another computer by slotting in their card which is ideal for point of sale, order entry or hot desk environments.

SunRay is the original Zero Client. Sun Microsystems introduced SunRay in 1999, and the unique technology has been refined ever since.

SunRay supports a unique "hot-desking" technology, which allows users to jump from one terminal to another without having to exit or save their work.

SunRay clients have no software installed, so do not require conventional patches, they are easy to deploy, manage, and update from one central location. After all, it's much easier and more cost-effective to manage several servers than hundreds of individual desktop PCs. With no moving parts thanks to solid-state technology, SunRay Clients deliver greater reliability, availability, and overall lowest possible total cost of ownership when compared to other solutions.

 

 

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