What is a Thin Client?

2019-09-10T10:12:49+02:00September 9th, 2019|

Welcome to a series of articles which returns to some of the fundamentals of Thin Client computing and that are created specifically for users who have recently entered the world of Thin Clients. The intention is to revisit the basics while introducing contemporary methods and technologies.

This document will answer how Praim sees a Thin Clients use in today’s IT landscape.

Techopedia states that “A thin client is a networked computer with few locally stored programs and a heavy dependence on network resources. It may have very limited resources of its own, perhaps operating without auxiliary drives, CD-R/W/DVD drives or even software applications.[1]. This definition is broadly still accurate, however the ongoing development of the services that Thin Clients use is placing ever increasing demands on the endpoint to maintain the user’s expectations from that service.

The essential benefits of Thin Clients versus traditional PCs remain unchanged, these include:

  • Reduced total cost of ownership.
  • Increased security.
  • Efficient management.
  • Environmental gains.
  • Scalability.

These principals have been the rationale for Thin Clients since the inception of server-based computing and have to some extent been responsible for Thin Clients being easily overlooked. A relatable example is monitor support. 10 years ago, having dual TFT screens required justification, today it is an essential feature. Thin Clients must keep pace with what is required by users and what can be provided by the back-end technology and services that they are connecting to.

Today’s Thin Clients need to ensure that they can offer more than the basic defining principals. The Thin Client cannot be seen to provide a basic user experience and has to match, and ideally exceed, using a traditional PC. Connectivity to peripherals, work-flow authentication and 2 factor authentication are all aspects that need to be available as a part of the Thin Client.

Praim offer a complete range of Thin Clients, either running ThinOX or Windows 10 IoT LTSC 2019. All are completely managed by Praim’s ThinMan management product which extends device control to any Thin Client which can access the Internet.

[1] https://www.techopedia.com/definition/462/thin-client