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Efficient workstation IT with software thin clients

Sep 20th 2015 at 10:19 PM

A major disadvantage of client/server networks with Windows PCs is the fact that the operating system dictates companies' investment cycles and a large proportion of the available budget needs to be set aside for sneaker administration. Software thin clients can be a worthwhile alternative here.

The local desktop is no longer up to date

"Having data and applications stored locally at workstations is no longer up to date," said Dr. Frank Lampe, Marketing Director at the German thin client market leader IGEL Technology. "This is true not only from the point of view of security but also the availability, flexibility and operating costs of IT workstations." As an alternative, Dr. Lampe suggests centralizing and virtualizing IT and then providing data and applications via long-lasting and cost-effective thin clients, zero clients or software thin clients. "This can reduce IT costs by up to 70 percent compared to a workstation PC."

Software thin clients compensate for centralization costs

On the client side, the costs of procuring the necessary centralization and virtualization technology can be compensated for by using existing PCs as software thin clients rather than replacing them immediately. "If individual devices should fail, they can be replaced with a physical thin client or zero client within minutes," explained Dr. Lampe. But what exactly are software thin clients?

How do software thin clients work?

Modern and secure thin client operating systems such as IGEL Linux form the basis for software thin clients. They run on the desktop hardware itself and enable users to access a server or cloud-based user interface. According to Dr. Frank Lampe, the economic benefits of software thin clients lie in company-wide client standardization and centralized management of the computer environment.

What hardware is suitable for software thin clients?

Software thin clients can be created in a variety of ways, for example with the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter 2 (UDC2) standardization solution. This supports not only x86-compatible PCs and notebooks but also specific thin clients from various manufacturers. Remote management takes place in a standardized manner using the license-free IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) solution which comes supplied with the UDC2 software. With its wide range of functions, it also makes it possible to outsource software thin clients as part of a Desktop as a Service model (DaaS). As a result, companies can consolidate their workstation IT costs in a simple, cost-transparent manner with billing on a monthly basis.

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