If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, then a Microsoft Terminal Server based solution incorporating “Thin Client” technology is worth considering.
A thin client network operates by concentrating computing power on a central server, with ‘client’ machines (i.e., computers connected to the network) doing less computing locally. In fact, the central server performs most of the computing tasks, stores data and hosts all the software applications. This allows low-powered computers and older, outdated desktop machines to run applications that normally would require higher specification computers.
Main Advantages of a Thin Client Network
The central server in a thin client network is often called the ‘terminal server’. It is a powerful, high specification machine, capable of handling a large number of logged-in clients.
This server handles the processing elements of the server operating system and applications as well as much of the processing power of the individual clients.
The client machine in a traditional infrastructure is the Desktop PC. These are still reusable in the Thin Client network infrastructure however they can be locked down and function at the simplest possible level, extending their lifespan and taking the urgency from your equipment refresh.
However the traditional PC can, eventually, be replaced with a purpose built Thin Client machine. These devices are typically no bigger than an external hard drive. They run cut down Windows operating systems designed to be supported by the Terminal Server. The user experience is managed completely from the server.
Thin Clients are very simple and therefore have little to go wrong. They typically cost under £200 per device and can be attached to the back of a monitor. They offer highly secure, clutter, noise and heat free working.
Furthermore a thin client interface can be supported by most Mobile Devices e.g, tablet devices such as iPad and many Smart phones, even when just using GSM bandwidth, not even requiring 3G!
The Terminal Server can support a mixed environment of Thin Client machines, PC’s and Mobile Devices.
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