Thin client (computing): A server-centric computing model in which the
application software, data, and CPU power resides on a network server rather
than on the client computer
What is a Thin Client?
Thin Clients are computer terminals used in central server computing networks.
Thin Client computing works like a modern-day version of mainframe computing
using dumb terminals and central servers for data storage. Thin Clients
are powerful enough to run modern web, Windows and Linux and .Net software.
They are equipped with the familiar graphical interface and mouse that
PC users have become comfortable using, and are also capable of handling
a variety of terminal emulations.
How do Thin Clients run my applications?
All software applications and data are retrieved from the cental server,
and all data entered with keystrokes and mouse clicks is saved on the same
central server. All data and software accessed in a thin client network
will look and feel the same for any user on the network, which makes it
easier for users to work in multiple locations. Thin Clients only need
to run the operating system software locally, and have no hard drives or
floppy drives. Thin client computing permits local printing, audio and
serial device support, and thin client terminals are available in basic,
robust or flexible styles for web browsing or even combined local and network
Data is More Secure and Readily Accessible
Since there is no hard drive or floppy drive, thin clients are protected
from the use of unauthorized software or the introduction of viruses. Data
cannot be copied to a disk or saved to any other location than the central
server. All software maintenance, upgrades and virus protection is performed
on the server, which makes it a lot easier for IT managers to keep networks
running smoothly and efficiently, performing tasks remotely rather than
multiple times at multiple workstations.
Less downtime and greater efficiency
In the event of a disaster, recovery is much more immediate, because data
backups are handled on the server, and if a thin client terminal is damaged
or destroyed, a new one can be installed with ease – automatically
configuring itself without the need for IT assistance.
Thin Clients costs less to purchase than PCs (especially when you consider
our top quality Refurbished models), and since they have no moving parts,
they usually have a longer lifespan. Reduced IT costs are part of the bargain
when upgrades and backups can be handled by the central server. Recent
studies have concluded that thin clients use much less electricity – about
one-seventh that of a PC.
Thin Client Central – Your thin client resource
You will find that thin clients from Thin Client Central are the some
of the most competitively priced in the industry. We maintain a large inventory
of new and Refurbished thin clients from HP and Wyse
Winterm, and plan to expand our line to other manufacturers in the
Thin Client Central also provides Refurbufacturing services for your existing
thin clients, which include a 3-year warranty and free technical support.
Thin Client Central professionals can assist you with a wide variety
of network integration services.
Whether you are deploying new network technology or re-deploying an existing
network infrastructure, Thin Client Central can help make your transition
to thin clients as seamless as possible. Why not contact one of our account
executives to discuss your specific needs? We are glad to help. Just call
800-968-0373 or email