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October 26, 2018

Endpoint Devices – A Understanding by Definition and Review of the Different Types

Endpoint Devices

Endpoint Devices – A Clear Definition and Review of Types

Not easily found by true definition in terms of technology with the likes of Wikipedia and similar dictionaries online, the term “endpoint devices” is essentially becoming language commonplace when it comes to the IT world and its professionals. By the very nature of its name, an endpoint is the point at which communication begins and ends, starts and stops, over a network – LAN (Local Area Network) or WAN (Wide Area Network). Endpoint devices are the actual hardware pieces, units, etc. used by end users wherein which this back and forth communication takes place, between the device at the user’s end (workstation) and the host server.

By today’s standards, there are several types of endpoint devices. Due to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), the workforce mobility movement, and the advancement of technology in general, the range of endpoint devices is now more far-reaching than ever, from good old-fashion standard fat PCs – to laptops, tablets, or mobile phones – to Thin Clients & Zero Clients – basically, any hardware device that is internet-capable and granted security rights to connect to a related network. Even printers, POS terminals, and smart meters qualify as endpoint devices. Just one industry example alone sets the tone for yet another class of endpoint devices that we normally would not have thought of right off the top of our heads and that is – healthcare. Printers and multi-functional devices (MFDs), biomedical devices (BioMed), internet of things (IoT), and the imaging suite (MRIs and X-Ray Machines) all classify as endpoint devices in this field – albeit more non-traditional endpoints when compared to laptops and servers.

Endpoint Devices

Endpoint Devices for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Just as a quick refresher, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) means hosting a desktop Operating System (OS) such as Microsoft, Windows, Linux, etc., on a centralized, remote server, i.e. the data center. The end users’ data, as well as desktop images, are managed within what is called a virtual machine, which is a completely isolated and secure guest operating system installation within a normal host operating system residing on a server. The virtual desktop infrastructure management software, typically referred to as centralized endpoint management console, allows users to access their desktop operating system and applications through their endpoint devices, as if it were on their computers. It also allows them to access and present data to workstations over a local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN).

Endpoint devices play a crucial role when it comes to a VDI environment. Not as frequently portrayed in the world of more traditional computer endpoints, Thin Clients & Zero Clients (pictured above) are certainly becoming more and more of the norm with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environments. With VDI, nearly all data (OS and applications, etc.) is housed and managed on a central server. Endpoint devices are what end users “use” to login from their remote workstation and connect to the server via a network (those LAN and WAN mentioned above). The right kind of endpoint device is vital when it comes to speed, reliability, and security. The right Thin and Zero Clients can be the perfect endpoint devices for VDI.

A Thin Client endpoint device typically replaces a fat PC. It will save on power-consumption, better secure your data, and cuts down on IT maintenance. As a Thin Client endpoint device user, you will have some degree of an internal operating system like Linux or Windows (WES7/WE8S/W10loT). You will have no hard drive, but will have some local storage for customization of end-user applications. You will be able to run and change multiple connection brokers like VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, or Parallels protocols, according to the needs of your company. While this set-up has all the features typically found on a traditional fat PC desktop, they are stored away in your server/data center.

A Zero Client endpoint device also usually replaces a PC. It has the fastest boot-up possible, the lowest power-consumption, the most secure data, and the least amount of IT maintenance. As a Zero Client endpoint device user, the purest definition is that you will have no local OS and no local storage. All applications are provisioned from your server which leads to the fastest boot-up times, little to no maintenance or involvement from IT, and the highest graphics capabilities. It is important to note that Zero Client set-ups are often customized with a very minimal degree of OS and storage-nonetheless, still providing end users with the nearest to zero experience possible.

Perfect Endpoint Devices and Endpoint Management Software for VDI

10ZiG Technology is a world-market leader in Thin Client & Zero Client endpoint devices for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. 10ZiG provides leading Intel and AMD based Dual and Quad Core Thin Clients and Zero Clients for VMware Blast Extreme & PCoIP, Citrix (HDX, HDX Premium, HDX 3D Pro), and Microsoft environments, in addition to the widest range of Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients on the market. 10ZiG offers free, no-obligation demo devices, Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and Europe, and provides The 10ZiG Manager™ console with Cloud capabilities completely free with unlimited user licenses supported. Free evaluation device demos available.