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Choosing between ‘Thin vs Zero’ Clients for Virtual Desktop Computing

When It Comes to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, IT Administrators Have an Abundance of Choices.

When enterprises reach the decision to create a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), there comes the question, “thin clients or zero clients?” Thin Clients and Zero Clients are both small form factor, solid state computing terminal devices, specifically designed for VDI, but they have many different characteristics as well.

When choosing between thin clients and zero clients, it isn’t that one hardware or connection option outweighs the other. Instead it pertains more to the requirements in the environment being deployed as well as the needs and permissions of the desktop users. Understanding the benefits and challenges of your VDI options will help you make the right choice. There are some key differences between thin clients and zero clients that are worth outlining.  While both have similarities, they each boast capabilities that make them unique.

Taking a Look at Thin Clients

With thin clients, virtual desktops are hosted in the data center and the thin client simply serves as a terminal to the back-end server. Thin clients are generally easy to install, make application access simple, improve security and reduce hardware needs.

Thin Client devices for VDI are traditionally end-point devices with their own native operating systems, usually offering a version of Windows Embedded Standard (WES) or a Linux based operating system such as DeTOS.  Thin clients utilize connection protocols such as Citrix ICA or Microsoft RDP in order to remotely access a desktop that is being hosted on a Virtual Machine stored on a server.   They often include a local browser, as well.

Thin clients are mean to be simple devices to create a secure and manageable environment. However different users have different requirements so when choosing devices, consider whether you need capabilities such as 3-D, video conferencing and multi-monitor support. You should also take into account your remote display protocol and how much display processing your back end can supply.

Zeroing in on Zero Clients

Zero clients are gaining ground in the VDI market. These are client devices that require no configuration and have nothing stored on them. Zero clients often require less setup than a thin client. The deployment time can be lower provided those carrying out the deployment have properly set their environment up.  However, zero clients are not as flexible and often require that the administrators choose one protocol or another for the device to utilize.  While a user may only need to enter their credentials to access their desktop sessions, the options for what they can do is more limited.

Instead of an operating system, Zero Clients have a highly tuned onboard processor specifically designed for one possibly three VDI protocols (PCoIP, HDX, or RemoteFX). Most of the decoding and display processes take place in dedicated hardware and therefore are more efficient than using a software client and a standard CPU and GPU setup as with a Thin Client. Zero Clients have boot up speeds of just a few seconds and are immune to viruses, decreasing the overall downtime of the device and increasing the productivity to the end-user. The Zero Client device requires very little maintenance and rarely needs an update unless there is a significant change/enhancement to the VDI protocol or the occasional BIOS related update.

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There are also thin clients such as the Acer Veriton N2010G, that offer a feature through the client operating system that enables fast, efficient deployments of new zero client terminals. Another option is choosing a thin client model that provides an OS ZeTOS allowing it to perform as a zero client terminal that runs in a stateless condition. Users then are unable to execute software or initiate remote sessions that the administrators have not authorized. A user enters their username and password and is immediately up and running in their remote session.

Configuration is carried out through an external DNS environment: management software becomes optional, as connectivity is established passively through standard DNS records. Once the DNS environment has been established the management process is essentially complete. Choosing this alternative, zero client computing can convert back to thin client computing with this OS capability on these terminals.

‘Thin vs Zero’ Clients: Wrap Up

Thin clients and other slimmed-down devices rely on a network connection to a central server for full computing and don’t do much processing on the hardware itself. Best thin and zero client product choices for your VDI environment really rests within the software embedded on the clients. As I stated before in my previous blog entry Evaluating Software to Reap the Full Benefits of Desktop Virtualization,   “Your thin client management software should be a powerful software product that combines thin client management capabilities with connection management features”.

Again, to host virtual desktops, you have a lot of choices: thin clients, zero clients and not to mention tablets and mobile devices as we continue to advance in today’s mobile and BYOD era. The first step on deciding between thin and zero clients really rests within the requirements of your network and the connection you prefer with your end uses.

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vCloudPoint Zero Client Computing

 

vCloudPoint zero clients, combined with vMatrix software, provides an innovative way of desktop computing —  Sharing Computing, which delivers the same PC experience desktops to users at a fraction of the cost of a typical PC solution, while still offering a variety of  benefits over PCs

 

Extending 1 PC to 30 workstations

 

The vCloudPoint zero client is a network computer terminal that effectively allows multiple users to simultaneously share the untapped resources of a PC desktop while still providing users with the same PC experience.

 

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It is not just a computer terminal.

But a new way to deliver desktops.

 

vCloudPoint zero client is also referred to as ultra thin client, because it contains no moving parts but centralizes all processing and storage to just what is running on the host. As a result, it requires no local driver to install, no patch management, and no local operating system licensing fees or updates. The device consumes very little power and is tamper-resistant and completely incapable of storing any data locally, providing a more secure endpoint.

 

  • Replace desktops with vCloudPoint zero clients, Save:
    • 70% in capital cost.
    • 95% in power consumption.
    • 95% in maintenance cost.
    • 90% in future up-gradation.
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vMatrix Server Manager Software

 

The vMatrix Server Manager software, running on the host PC, enhances the overall functionality and usability of the sharing system by offering connection brokering, graphic acceleration, audio & USB redirection, centralized management. IT Administrators can configure, monitor and manage the endpoint devices and users centrally and simply at the server side through the front-end console.

 

  • The functions performed by vMatrix Server Manager software include:
      • Giving the administrator complete visibility into the OS, CPU, memory, storage, networking and other critical elements of the host computer;
      • Creating and managing user accounts & password;
      • Authorizing users to access specific desktop session;
      • Discovering vCloudPoint zero clients and USB peripherals;
      • Monitoring and controlling end user desktops;
      • Configuring user USB, audio, resolution, video, etc;
      • Broadcasting the administrator’s desktop to the end users;
      • Controlling privacy and visibility of disk partitions to users;
      • Providing a communication path for administrators & users through the integrated Chatting Room;
      • Keeping down user and administration behavior;
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Dynamic Desktop Protocol (DDP)

 

vCloudPoint zero clients utilize its innovative Dynamic Desktop Protocol for remote desktop display. This protocol is purpose-built for zero clients and is designed to make efficient use of the network bandwidth and host resources, delivering a user experience that is equivalent to a business PC.

 

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    • Real full HD local or online video
    • Any media format, any media player
    • 30fps, smooth in 1920*1080 resolution
    • 30 simultaneous 1080p videos on an i7 host
    High Quality Audio
    • 16 bits 44.1/48 KHz high quality
    • Play and record in all supported OSs
    • Fully synchronized, only 0.1-0.2 sec delay
    • No configuration, plug and play
    Broad USB Devices
    • Support a broad range of peripherals
    • No client driver required
    • Plug and play, works any time
    • No side issues like multiple printer copies or memory devices visible to everyone

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When it comes to virtual desktop infrastructure, administrators have a lot of choices. You may have wondered about the differences between VDI software options, remote display protocols or all the licenses out there. In this series, we tackle some of the biggest head-scratchers facing VDI admins to help you get things straight.

 When you deploy VDI, you need to figure out what hardware your virtual desktops will run on.

 To host virtual desktops, you have a lot of choices: thin clients, zero clients and smart clients -- not to mention tablets and mobile devices. Thin clients and other slimmed-down devices rely on a network connection to a central server for full computing and don't do much processing on the hardware itself. Those differ from thick clients -- basically traditional PCs -- that handle all the functionality of a server on the desktop itself.

 Understanding the benefits, challenges and cost implications of all these VDI hardware options will help you make the right choice. Let's get this straight:

Thick clients

It's possible to use thick clients for desktop virtualization, but many organizations don't because it doesn't cut down on overall hardware and requires all local software. If you use traditional PCs to connect to virtual desktops, you don't get many of the benefits of VDI, such as reduced power consumption, central management and increased security.

 How thick clients compare to thin

Since a thick client is basically a PC running thin client software, it is usually more costly than a thin client device. Plus, thick clients have hard drives and media ports, making them less secure than thin clients. Finally, thin clients tend to require less maintenance than thick ones, although thin client hardware problems can sometimes lead to having to replace the entire device.

 Thin clients

With thin client hardware, virtual desktops are hosted in the data center and the thin client simply serves as a terminal to the back-end server. Thin clients are generally easy to install, make application access simpler, improve security and reduce hardware needs by allowing admins to repurpose old PCs.

 

What to look for in thin client devices

Thin clients are meant to be small and simple, so the more advanced features you add, the more expensive they get. As you choose thin client devices, consider whether you need capabilities such as video conferencing and multi-monitor support. You should also take into account your remote display protocol and how much display processing your back end can supply.

 Aside from being cheap and uncomplicated, thin clients should also offer centralized management. For instance, you can automatically apply profile policies to groups of thin clients with similar configurations. That tends to be easier than individual manual management. Plus, you want your VDI hardware to be simple enough for nonveteran IT staff or those at remote branch offices to be able to deploy.

 Zero clients

Zero clients are gaining ground in the VDI market because they're even slimmer and more cost-effective than thin clients. These are client devices that require no configuration and have nothing stored on them. Vendors including Dell Wyse, Fujitsu, and SUNDE offer zero client hardware.

 Pros and cons of zero clientsSo what are the benefits of this kind of VDI hardware? First off, zero clients can be less expensive than thick and thin clients. Plus, they use less power and can simplify client device licensing.

 Still, there's a catch: Vendors often market zero clients as requiring no management or maintenance, which isn't always true. Some products do require software or memory and other resources. In addition, zero clients tend to be proprietary, so organizations could run into vendor lock-in.

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vCloudPoint zero clients, combined with vMatrix software, provides an innovative way of desktop computing — Sharing Computing, which delivers the same PC experience desktops to users at a fraction of the cost of a typical PC solution, while still offering a variety of benefits over PCs

An Innovative Way of Desktop Computing

Discover the benefits from replacing desktops with vCloudPoint Zero Clients

 

  • Reducing costs

     

    • Reducing initial acquisition costs— The initial acquisition costs are saved when replacing PCs with vCloudPoint zero clients which cost less than half the price of entry-level PCs.
    • Better leverage of IT budgets— Sharing resources on a centralized PC improves leverage of hardware upgrade budgets and software licensing.
    • Minimizing endpoint maintenance— With no failure -prone moving parts, repairs on the zero clients are rare and your maintenance costs are minimized to just on the shared computer.
    • Greater energy saving— Compare to the 110 watts or more by a typical PC, the vCloudPoint zero clients consume only 5 watts and produce much less heat, providing at least an 80% savings in energy consumption and air conditioning over PCs.
    • Longer desktop refresh cycles— Lack of moving parts improves life spans in harsh environments like restaurants, public spaces, warehousing and manufacturing. The obsolescence-free feature also proves longer desktop refresh cycles, saving both refresh budgets and cutting the time for the refresh from weeks to hours.
    • Easy provisioning— Deploying hundreds of workstations can be a few hours compared to days or weeks with PCs. Install the vMatrix Server software on the shared PC, add multiple users, plug in Ethernet cable, mouse, keyboard, and monitor, and users are ready to work. A new workstation can be setup in seconds.
    • Centralized management.— There is nothing for IT to configure, manage, or update at the endpoint. All installations, patches & updates are done on a single host. One IT staff can handle 5 times as many devices and users compared to PCs.
    • Remote technical support— IT and support staff can provide support or fix problems right from their desks through monitoring and controlling over user desktops, eliminating the costs and delays of having to travel to remote user locations.
  • Increasing productivity

     

  • Improving efficiency

     

    • Reducing unplanned downtime— With no failure-prone parts and desktop-related problems unplanned endpoint downtime is greatly reduced. Even when turn faulty, the vCloudPoint zero client can be placed, helping the user back to work in seconds.
    • Rapid roaming from any client— No time is wasted on moving a heavy laptop or rebooting the system. With a simple log-off and then log-in from any vCloudPoint zero client, the user’s back at his desktop with all open applications and files still in place.
    • Enabling file sharing— With some disks configured visible to all, users can share and store files easily on these public disks without the need to copy or transfer between desktops.
    • Eliminating virus infection— With no resident OS or storage capable of running software, the vCloudPoint zero client provides a completely secure endpoint that is immune to viruses and other malware.
    • Security policies and monitoring— vMatrix allows IT staff to apply security policies, monitor, and remotely disable any end user from logging in or lock-down locally connected USB peripherals, preventing users from copying confidential data to removable storage.
    • No risk of data lost— Since the vCloudPoint zero clients cannot store any data locally, users are free of worrying about data loss stemming from hardware failure or laptop/PC theft.
  • Enhancing security

     

  • Protecting Environment

    • Freeing desktop footprint— The vCloudPoint zero client is only a cellphone size and can be mounted on the back of the monitor to save valuable space on the desktop.
    • No Noise on working— Without any storage and fan, the vCloudPoint zero client makes no noise when running.
    • Less heat and e-waste— Consuming much less energy meaning the vCloudPoint zero client produces much less heat and e-waste when compared to standard PCs.

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zero client - definition - English

Example sentences with "zero client", translation memory

tmClassComputer hardware and computer peripherals, namely, computers and computer peripherals in the nature of desktop computers, thin and zero clients, notebook computers, notebook thin and zero clients, video display terminals, monitors, keyboards, cathode ray displays, adapters, cables and memorypatents-wipoThe disclosure relates to a portable computing device configured to selectably switch between a wired zero client mode in which the portable computing device operates as a terminal for a host computer via a wired communication channel, a wireless zero client mode in which the portable computing device operates as a terminal for the host computer via a wireless communication channel, and a local mode in which the portable computing device operates independently from the host computer.patents-wipoThe portable computing device may include one or more zero client processors that facilitate operation in the wired or wireless zero client mode and one or more local control processors that facilitate operation in the local mode.patents-wipoThe portable computing device may include input devices used to receive inputs for the host computer during the wireless or wired zero client modes or for the local control processors during the local mode.patents-wipoSystems and methods providing a mobile zero clienttmClassSetting up, providing and administration of clients (thin clients, zero clients) with operating systems and/or software for accessing software applications on central serverstmClassComputer operating system software, namely, thin and zero client operating system softwareEurLex-2Thin clients, ultra-thin clients, or zero clients.tmClassClients (thin clients, zero clients) with operating systems and/or software for accessing software applications on central serverstmClassProviding access to clients (thin clients, zero clients) with operating systems and/or software for accessing software applications on central serversCommon crawlThe Palo Pivot is a zero installation client and does not need any software installation on the client except an internet browser.UN-2Evaluation and implementation of three regional projects in alignment with the Information and Communications Technology Division strategy of centralization, mobility, and near-zero footprint in client missionsUN-2Evaluation and implementation of three regional projects in alignment with the Information and Communications Technology Division strategy of centralization, mobility and near-zero footprint in client missionsGiga-frenPolicy The First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care Program has a strict policy of zero tolerance for client abuse by health care workers.UN-2Evaluation and implementation of 3 regional projects in alignment with the information and communications technology division strategy of centralization, mobility and near-zero footprint in client missionsUN-2Evaluation and implementation of 3 regional projects in alignment with the Information and Communications Technology Division strategy of centralization, mobility and near-zero footprint in client missionsUN-2Evaluation and implementation of three regional projects in alignment with the information and communications technology division strategy of centralization, mobility and near-zero footprint in client missionsUN-2Evaluation and implementation of three regional projects in alignment with the strategy of the Information and Communications Technology Division of centralization, mobility and near-zero footprint in client missionsUN-2· cost avoidance in physical distribution compared to paper publications where each additional copy incurs costs for printing, order processing, shipping, billing, etc; on Internet, the marginal costs for having an additional client access an existing piece of information is close to zero for both the client and the NSO.

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