Thin Clients

Thin Clients

A thin client is a simple computer that has been optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. This contrasts with a fat client or a conventional personal computer; the former is also intended for working in a client-server model but has significant local processing power, while the latter aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thin clients occur as components of a broader computing infrastructure, where many clients share their computations with a server. The server-side infrastructure uses cloud computing software such as application virtualization, hosted shared desktop (HSD) or desktop virtualization (VDI). The major advantages are drastic reduction in capital cost, maintenance cost, power consumption.

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