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The verdict is that Thin is in!

 Datacenters seem to be imitating the fashion world at least when it comes to certain recent computing trends. Thin clients, a throw back to main frame computers of yesteryears has reemerged as an emphatic shift away from a PC based network. Thin clients offer server based computing consisting of a display only device that only display applications run on dedicated servers. Such centralized computing comes in response to increasingly complicated evolution of desktops that require constant upgrades, reconfigurations, maintenance, manpower and higher costs. We are also faced with more and more compatibility issues as hardware and software become more multifaceted. On the other hand, these display only terminals require no hard drive, no local software and no storage devices. With the use of powerful servers and simple terminals involving just screen display, keyboard and mouse , we save on cabling and cooling requirements. Less hardware means less stress on landfills and less ecologically damaging wastes like lead, plastics, metals and electronics.As the client merely serves as an access device to the server, it needs only enough power to render the display, the maintenance is minimal with a much longer life span. No upgrades and replacements are necessary as new hardware and software are released. Since all the applications and data are in one place, it allows for easy sharing by just plug and play. Centralized information on server accounts for a more secure storage of data. Thin clients also require lower deployment costs as they can be remotely configured, do not need to be set up individually and need less management costs as compared to PCs. Last but certainly not the least thin clients are quite economical as compared to standard PCs.

                    

 It all sounds great on paper. But are thin clients suitable for your particular need? Though thin clients have come a long way since their bare bone days, some still lack advanced graphical interfaces that we take for granted these days and could have problems running MS windows compatible applications. To assess the design and network of thin clients necessary for the cause of your data center, it is always best to enlist the service of professional consulting organization like Green Rack Systems to help with the deployment. Our team will first try to understand the datacenter’s particular needs along with the needs of each thin client user. We will take an inventory of printers and peripherals to assess the amount of storage that will be needed and of applications currently running on desktops for efficient conversion. Our consultants would then help you arrive at an exact number of servers required to support the thin clients. Next we would help anticipate any potential network and server problems in the transfer and finally synchronize the system for successful completion of the process. It should be kept in mind that not all desktops might be suited for a thin client transfer. For an on-site assessment of your facility for a thin client initiation and other green IT solutions, please contact our sales team at 408-213-8144/ [email protected]

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Lavenya Dilip was responsible for Marketing at Green Rack Systems.