” I am running a business with 100 ppl and 125 computers. Every another day, I get a complaint from my employees, that something is wrong with their system. Mouse keyboard, viruses and what not. My system Administrator is asking to replace pc and the software every month. And the end of every month i add up some god amount to expense just to keep the business ruining. What should I do?”
Well I am not running a business, but that’s what will happen to me when i do.? So again Whats the solution?
They say “The future is thin but, is it really?” Welcome to the world of thin clients!!!
What are thin clients?
Computer Systems with minimal hardware and which operate using the software loaded in central machine are Thin clients.To be more clear Thin clients don’t have a hard disk where you install everything, they just have ram, keyboard, mouse and screen.Through network you log into a remote central server.The central server give you all the software you need to work on and along with that Internet access is also possible.
How do they differ from traditional desktops?
They differ in hardware configuration that we already stated but then there is something more.You have the advantage of secured data and protection from viruses and spywhere but then you don’t have freedom to install everything.This is configurable and you can have software installed that can be used just by you.,
Where is it applicable?
To answer you query its not for everyone.Specifically not for home users , at least not right now!!. The opening statement of the post might have given you some idea.The best place is to be used in Offices and enterprises.Where there are lot of computers that have to be managed.Instead of managing every computer on the terms of hardware and software, Thin Clients can be good solution.
Why corporate sector need it?
The advantages are straight ahead:
- Significant reduction in downtime to virus attacks.
- Data is not stored on the “Thin Client” Hence loss of individual data is minimal and low risk.
- Even though the thin client is infected the recovery time is pretty fast.
- There is a flexibility of moving the staff as the data is stored on central server.No physical transfer of machine required.
- Reduced Space.
- Consume 1/10th of the power.
- Bandwidth requirement is very low.
- Since all the application lie on the central server , updating with new version is quick and more reliable.
- Brings down the amount of money you spend on softwares.
- Factors to be considered taking up thin clients
- Optimization of the client to server mix for peak performance.
- Selection of client features to suit the range of user requirement.
- Customization is still specific to operation needs.
- Cost and performance balance.
- Maintainence of integrity of security and firewalls.
One of the security solutions is given by HP Sygate Security Agent.Its a windows service that runs on every machine and is responsible for downloading new policies and security patches.It updates from the central server so if you change anything in the central server , you don’t have to worry whether its updated everywhere or not.
SSA includes setting for firewall too.Its configurable and also works on “logical or conditional statement” which is provided by the admin of central server.
My idea for monetizing it
Thin clients are not restricted to just corporate world.It can be used and monetized by vendors and os serving corporates like Microsoft.In countries where people are not ready to buy costly computers and pay OS price, Vendors can group together and sell it on monthly basis.That will not only reduce piracy but will open up a new market.What do you think?
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