Typically, thin Clients are low powered computers that do not have a hard disk drive. Since there is no hard disk drive, there is also no operating system. And since these are low powered systems, all processing is done on the server instead of the thin client itself. A thin client is a computer that runs from resources stored on a central server instead of a localized hard drive. Thin clients work by connecting remotely to a server-based computing environment where most applications, sensitive data, and memory, are stored.
Certain types of thin clients (running on Windows Embedded Standard or even Linux embedded) may have full fledged OS capabilities complete with installed applications such as Microsoft or Open Office and browsers such as Internet Explorer and/or Mozilla Firefox.
What are the benefits of a thin client?
A “fat client” refers to a typical personal computer/CPU that does all its own data processing. Fat clients are more difficult to secure and manage, costlier to deploy, and can consume a great deal of energy. They are made up of more hardware than thin clients, but also typically have more features.
Thin clients have a number of benefits, including:
- Reduced cost
- Increased security
- More efficient manageability
Thin client deployment is more cost effective than deploying regular PCs. Because so much is centralized at the server-side, thin client computing can reduce IT support and licensing costs.
Security can be improved through employing thin clients because the thin client itself is restricted by the server. Thin clients cannot run unauthorized software, and data can’t be copied or saved anywhere except for the server. System monitoring and management is easier based on the centralized server location.
Thin clients can also be simpler to manage, since upgrades, security policies, and more can be managed in the data center instead of on the endpoint machines. This leads to less downtime, increasing productivity among IT staff as well as endpoint machine users.
Enterprise network computers
Reliable and secure, business series rugged & compact thin clients can be deployed anywhere. Braded business thin clients will give your network the flexibility of a client computer running from your server, but with native PC capability and power. Get blazing performance and intuitive manageability from any of these computers, and elevate your company’s network to the next level of reliability—all of which directly impact your bottom line.
Featured Thin Client functions like a full-fledged PC, but data and software live in the cloud instead of taking up device storage. So users access files, apps, and services through a remote network, delivering more freedom and flexibility—with less expense! Since data and software are stored in a centralized location, software requires less maintenance and data is more secure.
Mini PC are small form factor PC with tiny footprint.
A nettop (or miniature PC, Mini PC or Smart Micro PC) is a small-sized, inexpensive, low-power, legacy-free desktop computer designed for basic tasks such as web browsing, accessing web-based applications, document processing, and audio/video playback.
What are the benefits of a Mini Pcs ?
- Mini PC – the power of a desktop in a small form factor.
- Consumes a small amount of power relative to a full-sized PC.
- Ease of installation and easy to add devices that scale up rapidly.
- Heavy reliabilities.
Mini PCs squeeze a powerful processor, fast memory and massive storage comparable to the latest full-size desktop PCs into the smallest form factors. Mini PCs have more connectivity than lots of current laptops.
Shrink your home office tech without sacrificing performance or capabilities. Mini PCs do all the work of a full-sized desktop in a tiny fraction of the space.
There’s a big business application for every little space-saving, easy-to-use Mini PC. From Desktop workstations to out-of-sight productivity for conference rooms, Mini PCs are mighty players in every business application. With support up to 4k screens, built-in Wi-Fi, and a tiny form factor that can mount behind a screen, Mini PC is an ideal solution for conference room, libraries, kiosks, educational labs and digital signage. Mini PCs are rugged and ready for work in touch environments and IoT applications. Use them anywhere you need computing power and intelligence.