What is a Zero Client?

2019-10-10T10:29:17+02:00October 9th, 2019|

Welcome to the second article of #Praim4Beginners, a series of articles which returns to some of the fundamentals of Thin Client computing. The intention is to revisit the basics while introducing contemporary methods and technologies.

In the first article we talked about Thin Clients, whereas in this one we will answer how Praim provide a Zero Client endpoint.

The term Zero Client in its simplest form is defined as an endpoint for server-based computing which has no local storage, all configuration settings are stored in flash memory. There have been, and still are several solutions that adhere to this definition, but this method can make for an inflexible endpoint solution.

It is often a requirement of a Zero Client to connect only to a specific server-based computing technology, i.e. just connecting using Blast Extreme, ICA or RDP. This could be initiated through a web portal, but they key aspect is for a single technology being used. This is where a traditional Zero Client can be restrictive, as a device which conforms to this pure definition will only connect to their supported environment. The Teradici chipset which works with PCoIP is an example.

Praim offer a range of devices which provide connection to vertical platforms, so offering Zero Client functionality. These endpoints will support a greater array of peripheral hardware and software and are also capable of being converted to work in another vertical or being upgraded to multiple server connecting thin client. Furthermore, Praim’s endpoints are based on non-proprietary, industry standard technology ensuring support for future developments of software and hardware. These devices differ from the PCoIP based units etc. in that they are based on ThinOX, Praim’s operating system.

Praim also offer a complete range of endpoint solutions for server-based computing, based on x86 or Raspberry Pi hardware, as well as repurposing software. All of these solutions are managed through Praim’s management platform ThinMan and are capable of being secured using two factor authentication with ThinMan Smart Identity.