Cutting IT hardware costs with thin and zero clients

If you want to cut costs on IT hardware, don’t settle for cheap but old or low-quality machines. They’ll offer subpar performance, which will hurt your team’s productivity. What’s worse, they’ll break down often, too, which means the money you initially saved will go to repairs and upgrades. Instead of buying low-end machines, you should consider buying thin or zero clients.

What are thin and zero clients?

Thin clients are stripped-down computers with minimum processing power and memory. They rely on a basic operating system (OS) and a network connection to access a more powerful server where almost all computing processes take place. This server must be purchased separately or rented out in the cloud.

Zero clients work the same way as thin clients. The only difference is that there’s no local storage or OS installed on the device; all the software, storage, and processing power sits on a server until you need it. In intensively cloud-based systems, utilizing zero clients is ideal for cutting costs.

What are the benefits of using thin and zero clients?

Thin and zero clients offer a whole host of benefits, such as:

Reduced hardware costs

If you want computers with low upfront costs, choose thin and zero clients. Conventional desktops start at $600 per user, while thin clients can go as low as $250 per user. And since they have no hard drive or other moving parts, the latter tend to be more durable and have a longer life span than their traditional counterparts.

Minimized security risks

Thin and zero clients also help you prevent costly malware attacks and data breach incidents. They reduce security risks by having no facility for holding apps. That is, users can’t install any risky and unvetted programs on these machines. Furthermore, thin and zero clients limit direct access to the OS. This prevents employees from copying sensitive data to removable media and installing software, malicious or otherwise, on the clients’ server.

If your thin or zero client is damaged or corrupted, you don’t have to worry about your data, as it’s stored in a separate server.

Simplified IT management

Another benefit of thin and zero clients is that they can be managed by your IT team or managed IT services provider from a server. Suppose a new software update is released. Instead of manually downloading the patch on each computer, you can simply install the update on your server and roll it out to all the clients. Apart from installing updates, you can also make backups, security configurations, and application deployments in the data center. This quickens setup, reduces downtime, and increases employee productivity.

Decreased energy consumption

Traditional desktops process data locally, thereby requiring more power and generating more heat than thin or zero clients. This results in huge power and cooling bills. In contrast, thin and zero clients consume only 4 to 6.5 watts of power, almost 1/50th of thick client requirements. They also require little to no cooling, allowing you to enjoy significant cost savings. And, as a bonus, they’re practically silent, which makes them conducive to a more relaxing work environment.

Do not overlook thin and zero clients if you’re searching for ways to cut costs without compromising outcomes. The reduced hardware costs, power bills, and security risks are just too good to pass up.

If you’re still unsure about this technology, give us a call. We’ll assess your tech needs and determine whether or not thin or zero clients can help you succeed.