One of the biggest benefits of moving to the Cloud is the reduction in IT costs. Many businesses are transitioning to the purchase of Thin Clients since expensive hardware is no longer needed in a virtual environment.
A Thin Client is a small desktop terminal with no hard drive. It enables users to access their Cloud environment via their internet connection. The main difference in the variety of thin clients is the speed of the processor. This also greatly affects the price. A quick search on thin clients offers models ranging from $50 to upwards of $1,000. Some companies specialize in thin clients, while many computer companies are releasing their own versions that are typically faster and more expensive. Power users may need to purchase one of the high-end devices. For many moderate users, the lower-end thin clients will work just fine and meet their performance needs. Another benefit of Thin Clients is the added security of not having a physical hard drive that may contain sensitive company information. Virtual Desktops can be locked down to only providing the necessary access to line of business applications and limited, or no browser access.
Thin clients are one of the many aspects that make moving to the Cloud a flexible and financially smart alternative for many businesses. New options are on the market everyday designed to fit all needs.