What Is Thin Client Computing?
A thin client is a lightweight computer with no hard drive. Thin clients are centrally managed, with most of their memory, applications, and data stored on a server. This may be a cloud server or an on-premises edge server.
The difference between a thick and thin client is that a “thick” or “rich” client is a full-featured computer, while a thin client computer relies on a server to handle most of its workloads.
Thin clients enable a virtualized business environment, which often delivers cost savings, security, and scalability benefits. By creating an architecture between the thin client device and the server, Intel® technologies enable virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), intelligent desktop virtualization (IDV), and transparent client infrastructure (TCI).
When powered by Intel® technologies, thin clients enable great user experiences with integrated graphics, support for 4K displays, and responsive compute performance. These devices are ideal for helping IT teams:
- Address complex issues around security and manageability
- Support remote client solutions related to emerging 5G and cloud technologies
- Deploy Desktop as a Service (DaaS), the next evolution in VDI
- Enable Hardware as a Service (HaaS) delivered via managed service providers