It’s unfortunate when the benefits of new technology get lost in technical jargon and the value is lost in the minds of business owners. What Thin Computing offers is simplicity, scalability and ubiquity for home or office computer networks. The days of having to manage multiple desktops is dissolving as concepts like Cloud Computing that offer shared resources are coming into focus.
Thin Computing has advanced beyond its early predecessors when dumb terminals were commonly used to access mainframes without any inherent intelligence in the terminals themselves. But today, client server technology has evolved and the benefits have greatly increased. Today’s terminals are more intelligent and use fewer resources. They also cost less. Thin Client Terminals also take up less space and can even be mounted on the back of a monitor. Similarly, the intelligence still lies in a remote server, which a Thin Client Terminal accesses for information and other network resources.
For some business owners this can be an ideal solution because computer resources are centralized and maintained on one or more servers that can exist virtually anywhere in the world. Several offices can share common resources though they are physically located at a distance from each other. That means all the desktops can be controlled in one place including spam and virus protection, routine system maintenance, access control and network auditing. Greater efficiencies can translate into greater financial savings, but there are a myriad of other benefits that add more intrinsic value to the overall solution. The cost of a workstation is lower than that of an average desktop computer as well.
Network support is further simplified by the use of Server Virtualization, which allows for faster setup and recovery. A snapshot of the server environment can be copied and replaced much like ordinary files or images, should something happen unexpectedly. It also makes the process of creating new environments more efficient as well. This is a revolutionary step in server maintenance because never before was it possible to make these types of changes without considerable down time. This slows down employee work-flow as well, adding to the overall expense. Virtualization also expands server capabilities by allowing different operating systems to run within the same environment and often with greater use of server resources. This makes it possible to support legacy systems and allows operating systems like Linux and Windows to share resources without compatibility issues. It also allows for hardware reduction as well.
Cloud Computing compliments Thin Computing because while Thin Computing offers improvements in the overall infrastructure of a business network, Cloud Computing offers efficiencies in shared office resources. It is an on-demand, pay-as-you-go, use-as-needed service. Email is one example of a shared resource. Other examples are whiteboards, spreadsheets and other resources that an office might desire to share with employees to streamline production.
Both Google and Microsoft provide an extensive list of Cloud applications that are accessible using an internet browser, making them more platform-independent. By leveraging the efficiencies that both technologies have to offer many of the undesirable inefficiencies that were common with older technology are replaced by greater office productivity. This translates into savings that every business owner will enjoy.