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December 08, 2016

PC vs. Thin Client Environment; is it Time to Get Thin?

Thin Client environments trim the “PC Fat” on space, costs, time, maintenance, and more…

PC vs. Thin Client

“Getting Thin” has great benefits! Consider Thin Clients for the health of your business.

If you’re finally ready to transition into a Thin Client environment, or perhaps you’re just beginning to think about it, here’s how to get started in the right direction…

I’m still debating... PC vs Thin Client. Are There Thin Client Benefits?

If you’re debating over a PC vs. Thin Client environment, choosing to “get Thin” helps in many positive ways. For starters, Thin Clients save on physical work space, energy usage, and power consumption. Your virtual desktop set-up will have end user applications and features found with a traditional “Fat” PC stored away in your data center/server. With centralized management software, you are able to remotely manage all of your deployed devices. This helps to cut down on IT maintenance. Because everything is located in the data center/server, your data is also more secure than ever.

The Thin Client environment is a great solution if your set-up requires local legacy end user applications like Office/PDF viewers, applications that run on Linux or Windows, flexibility of running multiple brokers and/or changing a broker at will, and the need for wireless support. Ultimately, the right Thin Client for your VDI solution should come with a free, full warranty and management utility, as well as top customer service and tech support.

I’m still in my PC vs. Thin Client researching phase. How do I search for the right VDI fit?

When considering a PC vs. Thin Client environment for your virtual desktop infrastructure solution, be sure that they function with an operating system of your needs; Linux or Windows (WES7/WE8/W10IoT). Look for devices that are certified for and/or support Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft display protocols. General factors to consider are…your spending budget, the type of work done by end users (simple task to high-graphic), the number of clients you need, the product warranty, and the quality of centralized management software.

Hardware & Software
Thin Client hardware features should be considered to best match your needs and usage:
• Processor speed and number of cores
• Number of screens and supported resolution
• Number, types, and speed of ports including; USB, serial, parallel, smartcard
• VESA mounted capability
• Optional wireless ability
Software support for graphic demand and multimedia acceleration for your set-up may be anywhere from basic to high-level, including support of Full HD Audio/Video Flash, HTML5.

Management & Deployment
After the PC vs. Thin Client debate is over, know that Thin Clients for your VDI solution should result in top-performing, effective, easily managed end points. Look for clients with a no-cost centralized management utility with Cloud capabilities that is quick to install, get up and running, and can manage one or several central configurations with ease. Virtual desktop infrastructure deployment needs to be as simple as possible, and fast. From your most experienced tech down to a new hire, deployment and management functionality is essential.

About 10ZiG
10ZiG Technology is a market leader in cutting-edge Thin Client and Zero Client devices. We live and breathe Thin and Zero technology, as it is our sole focus. With a wide range of clients to fit every virtual desktop solution, what sets us apart from the rest is our unsurpassed level of available and reliable customer service, our no-charge 10ZiG Manager Software, our no-registration, instant 3-Year Warranty with Advance Replacement program, and our hassle-free, 30-day Complimentary Demos. Power. Speed. Performance. 10ZiG!