Why are Thin Clients Good for the Environment?
As more organizations search for ways to reduce their inefficiency and carbon footprints, they are finding that “green IT” can be a key part of the solution. Thin Clients enable you to minimize your environmental impact, while maintaining the high-quality computing infrastructure that you rely on to do business. Every step that we could make in the right direction is one we should consider taking. Here’s how Thin Client technology cab help to keep our planet green, and reliable!
Thin Clients - Energy Savings and Less Carbon
Have you seen a Thin Client? They are quite a very small form factor when compared to a standard CPU. Since Thin Clients are stripped-down devices that use minimal hardware to access a desktop from a shared, high-powered computer, this virtual desktop architecture requires significantly less electricity to run than the traditional approach of providing a PC for each end user.
The average PC draws around 70 watts, whereas Thin Clients can consume significantly less, at an average of 10 watts. If one assumes an organization of 10,000 PCs, this equates to 3,000 - 4,200 MWh per year, amounting to $257,250 - $360,144/year and 2,117-2,963 metric tons of carbon - enough energy to power between 109 and 153 homes a year. The same number of Thin Clients, on the other hand, would require between 800 MWh and 1,400 MWh per year. This 66% to 73% reduction in power consumption would cost between $68,600 and $120,048 per year, for a savings between $188,650 and $240,096, on top of an overall carbon reduction of 1,553-1,975 metric tons.*
On top of these direct energy savings from Thin Clients, there are some adjacent ones as well. For instance, because an IT department can manage everything from a single, centralized location, they don’t have to travel as often to fix things. That means less fuel consumption, and also less time on the road.
Thin Clients - Less Materials and Less Noise
Thin Clients are smaller than your average PC. First off, that means you’re using less metals and therefore, eliminating a large part of the carbon footprint associated with mining, refining, and transporting them. Second, that also means less packaging that is needed and used for shipping. On average, Thin Clients require between 2.2 and 4.4 lbs. (each) of packing materials. Compared to the 11 to 22 lbs. we see to ship PCs – that’s truly a significant reduction.
Another way that Thin Clients save on materials is by having a longer lifespan. Since Thin Clients have less moving parts, and they can scale their performance by upgrading hardware on the server side, most Thin Clients remain viable for 6 to 8 years. Since the typical operational life of a PC is 3 to 4 years, you’re essentially doubling the use you get out of the materials.
Another thing to mention is that Thin Clients also create a better working environment, especially for remote workforces, that may not have much space to dedicate to an office. Their smaller profiles means they save space and, since they don’t need hard drives for storage or fans for cooling, they make less noise.
Thin Clients – Go Green with 10ZiG
10ZiG is a virtual desktop endpoint provider that offers top-quality Thin Clients & Zero Clients for VDI and Cloud, centralized management software, exceptional tech support service, and an advance warranty. We provide leading Intel and AMD based, Dual and Quad Core Thin & Zero Clients for VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, and other environments. 10ZiG offers free, no-obligation demo devices, best-in-industry Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and Europe, and provides at no cost, the Cloud-enabled The 10ZiG ManagerTM with unlimited user licenses. Click to get your FREE demo.