The first thin client was introduced more than 20 years ago to address the cost, complexity and security challenges of non-traditional work environments. Today, the use cases for thin clients are only growing, as IT teams struggle to simplify their management processes, and companies place more focus on security than ever before.

Thin clients remain the most reliable, easiest-to-manage, most energy-efficient and highest-security endpoint option available and are the driving force behind virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), a common enabler of today’s mobile workforce. To make this technology even more appealing and accessible, the cost of VDI is dropping.

All of these conditions have led to a growing adoption of thin clients among industries that might never have considered this technology, or been able to afford it, in the past.

1. What key benefits can businesses expect from deploying thin clients?

Thin clients are typically implemented to address organisations’ growing need for security and to control data centrally without creating more complexity for IT teams. As no data resides on the endpoint, thin clients are inherently secure as end users can access and use the data while it resides securely in the data centre.

It is also easy for IT to manage and deploy thin clients. The image can be deployed to hundreds or even thousands of thin clients through a centralised management pane, as opposed to traditional endpoints that have to be imaged and deployed individually.

Finally, thin clients are cost-effective for organisations. Because thin clients have limited components and no moving parts, they have a long lifecycle – about six to eight years on average – and a less than one per cent failure rate, which is about four times better than other options. They are also very power efficient. Wyse zero clients use about 90 per cent less energy than a standard PC, while traditional thin clients use as little as one-seventh the power of a standard PC.

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2. Are there specific industries that are adopting thin or zero clients over others?

The use cases for thin and zero clients are expanding due to a variety of factors: the workplace is evolving – people are working on multiple devices from multiple locations, and at the same time, security has never been more important as cyber threats continue to grow. The cost and complexity of VDI has been decreasing steadily, while the performance and positive user experience has been progressively increasing.

With the lower costs of thin clients, many industries that need to provide additional mobility to their workers find that they can provide a thin client and a tablet device at the same cost as a new desktop.

VDI adoption has traditionally been the domain of highly regulated industries, and one sector where we’re seeing rapid adoption is healthcare. Doctors are using their own devices to access electronic medical records (EMR), whether they’re in hospitals or medical offices or on call. The nursing and clinical staff need to access these EMRs as well, so there is a need to maintain data integrity, security, and the flexibility for a number of healthcare workers to access the same file from multiple locations. Compliance regulations such as HIPAA require that the right controls are in place to ensure patient confidentiality and the security of those files. VDI is a particularly powerful solution in this environment because, in essence, it turns user devices into simple screens and keyboards for the server-based applications, keeping the data in one centralised location.

A prime example is the Watershed Addiction Treatment program, which used its private cloud and VDI technology to provide six-second access to EMRs. This helps medical staff collaborate across multiple locations as expeditiously as if they were at the same site. While Watershed’s old system was slow and unreliable, employees can now work securely and productively from various locations on a variety of devices.

3. Do you see security playing a larger role in thin client adoption?

Absolutely. The desire to ensure the highest level of security, while simultaneously alleviating the burden on IT departments, is making thin clients an appealing option for many organisations, not just those in highly regulated industries.

Recent research from Freeform Dynamics highlighted the growing appetite for the inherent security of thin clients, demonstrating that businesses are beginning to integrate thin and zero client solutions more widely into their overall IT strategies. The report showed that 69 per cent of business leaders believe the improved security associated with thin and zero clients is a significant benefit to their organisation, while 70 per cent say these solutions have a natural role to play in a modern corporate environment.

Further, businesses are looking for solutions that don’t burden finite IT resources, and are increasingly investing in solutions that can remain completely secure throughout their lifespan without the need for constant updates.

4. What makes thin and zero clients more secure than traditional PCs or laptops?

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The difference between a thin or zero client and a traditional PC or laptop is that with thin and zero clients, no data resides on the endpoint.

Today, 95 per cent of all security breaches start on just one endpoint, so a virtual desktop environment where the apps and data reside centrally in the server can significantly reduce the risk of data loss or theft, malware and ransomware attacks.

5. How do thin and zero clients maintain data integrity without compromising IT control and security?

Thin and zero clients are inherently secure. They enable IT departments to centrally control and manage the data, as it resides in the datacentre and is accessed remotely on the endpoint but does not ever reside there.

This also helps maintain data integrity as the data itself stays in one place, even when accessed remotely by several people. Issues like version control when multiple people in remote locations are accessing files, for example an engineering firm with employees in the field, are therefore mitigated. Work from home becomes easier as well, since workers can use a thin client for work, while the family shares the PC for personal activities. This prevents the need to share a single device, and ensures that software loaded onto the PC by family members does not affect the security of the work activities.

6. Why do zero clients provide a superior level of security, and what does a zero attack surface mean?

Zero clients give customers an even higher level of security because nothing is stored on the device itself, and the brains of the device is simpler and easier to protect. Whereas traditional PCs maintain surfaces where threats can take hold – for example operating systems, CPU or memory – zero clients don’t include common target operating systems like Linux or Windows, making the endpoint virtually impenetrable to device or network-borne attacks.

This is what is meant by the term zero attack surface – there is nothing for malware to attack. Valuable data is instead securely stored in the datacentre and is streamlined to users through encrypted protocols.

7. With cybercriminals becoming more sophisticated, is it safe to assume that thin clients will become a bigger target?

Thin clients offer far fewer opportunities for cyber criminals, but that does not mean that they’re 100 per cent immune from those determined to get in.

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Although data does not reside on the edge with a VDI solution, it is still possible for malware to infiltrate a network through a locally accessed web browser, USB stick or other locally connected peripheral devices. To prevent security attacks, organisations should ensure that all endpoints, especially those with a popular and well understood OS like Windows or derivatives, incorporate specific security solutions that offer advanced threat protection capabilities – some effective solutions have recently become available.

That said, the majority of cybercriminals will look for the path of least resistance – the unpatched software, the employee who falls for a phishing scam – and thin clients provide much greater protection, and therefore are in themselves a deterrent from the crimes of opportunity.

8. Where do you see the thin client market heading in the next five years?

We expect to see increased adoption of thin clients and VDI outside of regulated industries, particularly in the mid-markets. The greater accessibility and ease-of-use of VDI appliances will help mid-size businesses adopt VDI in a way that is easy to deploy and can scale cost-effectively from 75 to 5,000 seats. We also see use cases for the thin client concept emerging as IoT display devices – more on this to come.

There’s no doubt that companies will also continue to put greater emphasis on security and simplicity in order to support business initiatives, and VDI is poised to meet those needs in a manageable and affordable way.

EdTeX is the biggest international exhibition regarding education technology in Thailand which prepares 2 sections to serve all participants such as international exhibition zone and conference zone.

International Exhibition zone are provided up-to-date instructional media technology and innovation with business matching area to serve those who would like to negotiate further business (B2B)

Objectives

– To enhance education technology in Thailand by using digital technology in education system
– To be the platform for innovation of modern education technology used in place of education and for education technology research
– To create competiveness of Thai education industry of compete in the global market
– To uplift quality of Thai Education system through conference and exhibition

vCloudPoint will be exhibiting our zero client computing solution. vCloudPoint solution is highly optimized for digital learning with extensive classroom management functionalities and great desktop experience.

Hall : Ballroom & Hall A
Venue : The Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
Date : 12-13 May 2017
Time : 10:00-18:00

Join us at Edtex 2017 Thailand.

View more at http://www.edtex-expo.com/

vCloudPoint will be attending Computex 2017 and will be showcasing the multiple application capabilities of the Shared Computing Solutions. vCloudPoint, recognized as an innovative computing solution provider, is continuing to keep the streamlined concept in helping our customers realize the highest ROI of computing spendings.

In 2015, vCloudPoint introduced the game-changing zero client S100 with vMatrix Server Manager software to the world, providing a real rich computing experience at the lowest cost. With the introduction of a number of cutting-edge technologies, including the high efficient Dynamic Desktop Protocol, vCell User Isolation, vDirect Client Rendering, vCloudPoint are coming under the spotlight. And the great simplicity of vCloudPoint devices and software makes client computing which is well known as complex, the first time so manageable to untrained users, helping vCloudPoint solution gain increasingly popularity among customers.

At Computex 2017, vCloudPoint will be again showcasing the S100 zero client, with the latest version of vMatrix software in real application. And the new model will be first time available for demonstration. Our team is looking forward to talking with.

Please come visit our booth (N0226 at China Exhibition Area) and see what we can do for your computing. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: May 30th – June 3rd

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 16:00 p.m.

Address: Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center

Stand: Booth N0226 at China Exhibition Area,  Hall 1, Sky Dome (4th Floor)

VIETNAM ICT COMM is a 3 day event being held from 7th June to 9th June 2017 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This event showcases products like Computers & Servers, Basement equipment, ICT Electronics,Broadcast station equipment,Applications Games,Smart phones & Tablets, Network equipment and Internet services etc. in the Internet & Startups, IT & Technology, Telecom Products & Equipment industries.

vCloudPoint will be attending VIETNAM ICT COMM and showcasing the the next generation Shared Computing Solution. vCloudPoint, being a star-up but recognized as a dark-horse, since the first product launched in 2015, vCloudPoint has again and again introduced revolutional technologies to the world, reshaping the thin/zero client industry and benefiting gloabl customers in desktop computing.

Please come visit our booth (K10) and see how our solution help schools and businesses in developing countries realize access to the up to date computer technologies for less spendings. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stand Number :

L10 (K10)

Exhibition Dates :

June 7th (Wed) – 9th (Fri), 2017 (3days)

Opening Hour :

09:30 am – 05:00 pm

Exhibition venue :

Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center – SECC – 799 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam