If you want to cut costs on IT hardware, don’t settle for cheap but old or low-quality machines. They’ll likely offer subpar performance, which will hurt your team’s productivity. What’s worse, they’ll likely break down often, too, which means the money you initially saved will go to repairs and upgrades. Instead of buying low-end machines, you should consider buying thin or zero clients.
What are thin and zero clients?
Thin clients are stripped-down computers with minimum processing power and memory. They rely on a basic operating system (OS) and a network connection to access a more powerful system where almost all computing processes take place.
Zero clients work the same way. The only difference is that there’s no local storage or OS installed on the device; all the software, storage, and processing power sits on a server until you need it. This setup makes a zero client ideal for cutting costs.
What are the benefits of using thin and zero clients?
Reduced hardware costs
If you want computers with low upfront costs, choose thin and zero clients. Conventional desktops start at $600 per user, while thin clients can go as low as $250 per user. And since they have no hard drive or other moving parts, lean devices tend to be more durable and have a longer life span than their traditional counterparts.
Simplified IT management
Another benefit of thin and zero clients is that they can be managed from a server. Suppose a new software update is released. Instead of manually downloading the patch on each computer, you can simply install the update on your server and roll it out to all thin and zero clients. Apart from installing updates, you can also make backups, security configurations, and application deployments in the data center. This quickens setup, reduces downtime, and increases employee productivity.
Minimized security risks
Thin and zero clients also help you prevent costly malware attacks and data breach incidents. Your employees and poorly managed endpoints are the biggest vulnerabilities with traditional desktops. Thin and zero clients reduce these problems by limiting direct access to the OS. This prevents employees from copying sensitive data to removable media and installing software, malicious or otherwise.
If your thin or zero client is damaged or corrupted, you don’t have to worry about your data, as it’s originally stored in an impenetrable server.
Decreased energy consumption
Because processing is done locally, traditional desktops generate a lot of heat and require more power, resulting in huge power and cooling bills. In contrast, thin and zero clients consume only 4 to 6.5 watts of power, almost 1/50th of thick client requirements. What’s more, they require little to no cooling, allowing you to enjoy significant cost savings.
Do not overlook thin and zero clients if you’re searching for ways to cut costs without compromising outcomes. The reduced hardware costs, power bills, and security risks are just too good to pass up.
If you’re still unsure about this technology, give us a call. We’ll assess your tech needs and determine whether or not thin or zero clients can help you succeed.