Determining which PCs to convert to thin clients
Using your existing PCs to access virtual desktops is a great way to save on hardware, costs and training. It's not just a matter of adding a shortcut, however. You need to manage virtual desktop updates and consider which PCs you'll use as thin clients. For instance, computers that are more than three years old may fail more easily, and they probably won't support the latest graphics. Also consider the screen size and quality -- is it something virtual desktop users will want to use? Read Now
Thin clients make the VDI world go round. A thin client is a slimmed-down endpoint device that doesn't do any of the computing processing on the device itself; it relies on a network connection to the data center, where the virtual desktop is hosted.
There is a lot to consider when it comes to thin clients: What features do you need? How will you manage them? Do you need thin client devices in the first place? They are a great way to provide slim, manageable endpoints for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) users, but there are other options for VDI hardware, too.
In this guide, learn about the benefits of VDI thin clients, how to choose the right ones for your environment and how these endpoints compare to thick and zero clients.
1Choosing VDI thin clients
The purpose of thin clients is that they make management easier, so it's important to make sure you choose the right hardware. The wrong product or features can actually complicate management, so stick to only the features you need and make sure to weigh your options before you buy.
Considering cost, display and app support
Remember that the point of deploying VDI thin clients is that they are simple and inexpensive. Video conferencing, multimedia and 3-D graphics support will add to the cost. Those capabilities are important for many users, however, especially those who require computer-aided design or 3-D apps to do their work. To make sure your thin clients can support those types of applications, take note of the display protocol quality and how much network bandwidth you'll require. Read Now