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July 17, 2019

What to do when someone asks you, "What is a Thin Client device?" The Anatomy of a Thin Client Part I - External

Thin Client device

IT professionals, we get it… because we’ve been there ourselves. You’re talking with coworkers, your staff, maybe even your supervisor, and you mention “Thin Client device” (or “Zero Client device,” for that matter) and glazed-over eyes are what you see in return. The fact is, and we know it… is that a Thin Client is not really that mysterious or complicated. In this posting, we’ll outline a quick, high-level definition of what a Thin (or Zero) Client is and getting a bit up close and personal with its anatomy – from the exterior, anyway – as arsenal for you to pass right off to anyone who is shooting out blank stares.

A Simple Definition of a Thin Client Device

In keeping with its name, a “Thin” Client device is a lightweight, small piece of hardware designed for virtual desktop solutions and virtual desktop infrastructure environments – and “Client” is just a fancy term for device. A Thin Client device is low-cost and highly secure, saves energy and IT resources, and is a fantastic substitute for fat workstation-bound PCs in today’s modern IT world.

As we probably all know, virtualization incorporates the idea that everything is stored on a central server and no longer stored on individual endpoints – not operating systems, programs, or applications. “Endpoint Management Software” is utilized for centralized and easy management, updates, and deployments. This way you, IT professionals, can manage and troubleshoot endpoints located around multiple cities/countries and assist their end users from just one central location.

A Review of a Thin Client Device's External Composition

What does a Thin Client device look like? By way of 10ZiG Thin Clients as example, let’s take a look at a Thin Client device up close and personal, from the exterior. As a key side note, a Zero Client is typically structured very similarly and also has a large variety of optional features, just as Thin Clients do.

To give weight and size ideas, this particular Thin Client device, the 10ZiG 5900q Series Thin Client model, is small. Only 1.9"(W) x 7.5"(H) x 5.8"(D) / 4.9 x 19.3 x 14.9cm. And weighs only 1.98 lbs. / 900g.

Thin Client Device

Most Thin Clients devices come with a variety of product spec entries and features that can include the following as pictured above:

Thin Client device

Thin Client device

Thin Client device characteristics can include:

  • Running on operating systems Linux and Windows 10IoT (WES7 & WE8S legacy options).
  • Platform support for PCoIP, Blast Extreme, HDX, HDX Premium, HDX 3D Pro, RDP, and more.
  • Application/graphic support for web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer), iSeries/5250 Emulation, VNC (Shadowing), GStreamer, Window Play Media, Adobe Reader, PDF Viewer, Power Term, Office Viewers, HD Video/Audio, Flash/HTML5, video conferencing, and more.
  • Display 3D, CAD, and 4K Resolution and monitor support for single, dual, triple, and quad screen support, DVI-Ds, DVI-Is, VGAs (with converters), and DisplayPorts.
  • Connectivity options including HDMI, DisplayPort, Internal Smart Card (CAC), Expansion Slot PCI, Parallel Port, Serial Port, USB 3.0 Ports, and USB 2.0 Ports.
  • Networking options including 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual band, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and Fiber.
  • …and, they offer optional TAA compliance.

Well, there you have it. Simply forward this email to any glaze-eyed employee and things will clear right up – for everyone! Free 10ZiG evaluation devices and management software demos are available here > DEMO.