Traditional PCs are often used at schools or companies where CPUs have a capability to generate increased power consumption, to let a difficulty in accessing numerous software applications to arise, to cause a lot of money to be put to waste, and to let equipment deteriorate to poor quality.
What could possibly help a company switch to zero clients from using traditional PCs?
Before we tackle the reasons, what is a zero client? Zero client is a server-based computing terminal in which the end user’s computing device has no local storage. Basically, when you use one, computers of multiple users don’t need a CPU anymore.
Here are the reasons why switching to zero client is a good choice for you:
- Reduce overall costs
A school or company can save in various ways by using zero clients. First, initial acquisition costs on hardware are saved since zero clients which costs half the price of entry-level PCs. Second, since there are no failure-prone moving parts inside the zero clients, costs on repairs and maintenance are also minimized. Third, compare to the 110 watts consumed by a typical PC, zero clients only use 5 watts and produce much less heat, providing at least 80% savings in energy consumption. Lastly, since there are no moving parts inside zero clients, life spans are longer even in harsh environments like public spaces, warehouses, manufacturing plants, etc. The obsolescence-free feature also proves longer desktop refresh cycles, which saves refresh budgets and refresh time.
- Increase productivity
For a student or an employee to be motivated and increase the quality of their work performance, zero clients enable them to have an optimum desktop experience. They can also get to work fast because the deployment of workstations through a server software installation included in the zero client will take just a few hours, compared to the days and weeks with traditional PCs. Sharing computing is just simply adding multiple users and plugging in the Ethernet cable, mouse, keyboard, and monitor, so that users are ready to work, taking a new user/workstation for only about a second to setup.
Meanwhile, for IT staffs that probably configure to handle 5 times as many devices and users compared to PCs, there is nothing to configure, manage, or update at the endpoint as all the installations, patches and updates are made on a single host. Provide them to fix problems right from their own desks by way of controlling and monitoring over user desktops corresponding costs and delays and the need to travel to remote user locations.
- Improve efficiency
Efficiency is producing a desired result and at the same time, one does not waste cost, time and efforts. With no failure-prone parts and desktop-related problems unplanned endpoint downtime is completely reduced. Zero client can be placed, helping the user back to work in seconds. In rapid roaming from any client, a simple log-off and then log-in from any zero client, the user’s back at his desktop with all open applications and files in place without living through waiting on moving heavy laptop or rebooting the system. Finally, no need to copy or transfer between desktops for the reason that with some disks configure visible to all, users can be able to share and store files easily through file sharing/public disks.
- Enhance security
Zero client have safety measures in order to provide adequate security to the company’s data, with no resident OS or storage capable of running software, the zero client be responsible for a completely secure endpoint that is immune to viruses and other malware which eliminates virus infection.
Its server software allows IT staffs to apply security policies and monitoring, thus remotely disable any end user from logging in or lock-down locally connected USB peripherals and from copying confidential data to removable storage. Since the zero client cannot store any data locally, it has no risk of data lost and users are worry-free about data loss stemming from hardware failure or laptop/PC theft.
- Protect the environment
As mentioned from the advantages/strength above, zero client is only cellphone-size and can be mounted on the back of the monitor to save valuable space on the desktop. When the zero client is being used or running without any storage and fan around, it does not make noise leading to consuming much less energy because zero client produces much less heat and e-waste when compared to standard PCs