It’s in to be thin

The computer under your desk is a big, clunky thing with a lot of moving parts. And moving parts mean that, sooner or later, some of those parts are going to break. That’s why, realistically, the traditional desktop has a three- to five-year lifespan.

 But the increasingly widespread adoption of virtualization and data centers is leading a lot of IT professionals to ask: “If I’m running little or nothing locally anymore, and all my processing is being done centrally, why do I need beefy, high-performance boxes with lots of moving parts prone to breaking sitting under everyone’s desk?”

 Well, the reality is, you probably don’t. And that’s why thin clients have begun getting a lot of attention. Frankly, it’s about time. Because though thin clients are one of the most ignored or misunderstood hardware options out there, they’re also one of the most cost-effective and secure.

Essentially, a thin client is a slimmed down, stripped down version of a desktop. But [Read more…]