What is thin client?


Thin client is a device, a large mass of computational operations which is handled by an external server (example – work with remote applications through a browser). On a remote server running all the necessary programs, so for normal functioning of the need of continuous connection with the server.

In most cases a thin client is a computer with limited functionality (there usually is no hard disk). It requires a terminal server, a role which until recently was made by a separate powerful computer. Today the terminal server are usually rendered in the cloud, it is necessary to provide a direct connection between the terminal computer and work machines.

The advantages of terminal access are as follows:

Primarily terminal access and thin clients can significantly reduce the cost of equipment, after all, workstations are much less than a full PC. Besides, there is no need to purchase licenses - a single license for the entire server.

With the development of information technology has also found other advantages:

  • Geographic freedom – the ability to work from anywhere with an Internet connection;
  • Preservation of all data needed and their availability for any employee;
  • Security – encryption of traffic and the ability to turn off the server completely.

The scope of:

  1. Banks: electronic banking, working with ERP systems.
  2. Education: any educational event, it is possible to conduct on the PC, remote instructions;
  3. Medicine: storing data separately for each medical institution as well as a common database for all the clinics;
  4. Large offices and warehouses: integration with 1C enterprise mail, and so on.

In addition, the direction of thin clients is actively developing in all spheres of social interaction: e-government, personal accounts of taxpayers, etc.
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author: Yusuf Ozturk
published: 04/13/2016
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