Think thin, think efficient

Whittle, Sally
July 2004
IT Training;Jul/Aug2004, p30
Trade Publication
In recent years, thin client computing has been about as fashionable as bell-bottom trousers. But, according to industry analyst IDC, thin client shipments will increase by 200 per cent over the next two years, with much of that growth happening in enterprise IT departments. Thin clients are essentially slimmed-down desktop computers running applications from a central server. Removing applications from the desktop and running them centrally means that companies no longer need costly high-end PCs to run complex software. Cost is certainly a major benefit of thin client technology. With the typical organisation having one administrator for every 200 PCs, thin clients can cut rollout and support costs dramatically, says Milind Govekar, a senior research analyst at Gartner Group. However, thin client technology isn't without problems. First and foremost, it can put unacceptable pressure on a company's IT infrastructure. "The big problem is that if your server goes down, your entire system goes down with it," says Robin Edwards, a technical training consultant at QA Training. "Before you implement any kind of centralised application, you need to be sure you can handle it." INSET: Case study.


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