Businesses planning to scale the IT infrastructure for their companies have several different options to consider and the one gaining immense popularity among enterprises these days is the combination of graphically impactful thin client units and cloud computing components.
Defining thin clients and cloud computing
Thin clients are also referred to as framework computers wherein users can access files, programs, operations hosted on a different computer, usually a server which is located in a different place in the office.
Cloud computing is referred to a web-based server which allows users to have access to programs, files, operating systems as well as information/data from any location using the Internet.
With cloud computing, businesses get a highly scalable and affordable method to supplement technological resources whenever required without having to face any hardware or setup costs and headaches.
Advantages of combining cloud computing and thin clients
1. Network administrators can enjoy peace of mind with thin clients as the risk of physical data being lost is avoided. This helps reduce the worry regarding client security. All operations such as quick fixes for operating systems, antivirus protection and program patches are managed using cloud. This eliminates the requirement for expensive and time-consuming individual device upgrades.
2. Users do not like being interrupted with consistent program errors and messages for completion of administrative tasks when they switch on the computer. When a thin client enters the cloud computing scenario, users get all PC benefits without the challenges and headaches which traditionally come with “heavy” computers.
3. There are very few or absolutely no moving parts in thin computers. Therefore there are not many physical items which are susceptible to breaking. This means an enhanced terminal life span. Also, lot of the dense lifting is done by the cloud (not the machine), so the power consumption with respect to sharing files, saving documents and making computations is very low. This leads to reduced energy consumptions and costs.
4. Remote access flexibility is increased with thin clients and cloud computing as compared to conventional computing environments. It is possible for users to access programs, emails and files from anywhere in the world which enhances productivity. Also, there are minimum IT challenges involved.