How LA Distributors Save Money Utilizing Thin Clients

Craig Pollack | Jan 07, 2016

How-LA-RIAs-Save-Money-Utilizing-Thin-ClientsA thin client is basically a throwback to the old client/server days of computing - although a lot prettier.  It's a desktop terminal that has no hard drive and for all intents and purposes, no computing power. Applications, files, memory, and other features normally found on a computer are accessed on the remote server.

Thin clients allow Los Angeles Distributors to instantly access any virtual desktop or application, providing their business with a cost-effective method of delivering desktops via VDI's (virtual desktop infrastructure).

Some distribuition companies have begun replacing the standard workstation in favor of thin clients because of the benefits they deliver. These benefits include:

  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Centralized computer resources
  • Better security
  • Scalability
  • Ability to login from anywhere

In this article, let’s review a few ways utilizing thin clients can save money.

Increased Data Protection

Sensitive company data is always stored safely on the central server, so nothing is lost if an end user machine fails or breaks down. Viruses, malware, and ransomeware have no effect on ThinClients. So, there’s no need for local data backup. Ultimately, expensive downtime is significantly reduced or avoided all together.

Workstations Become Interchangeable

Thin clients allow end-user specific office workstations now to become interchangeable. If one breaks down, the end user simply logs into another machine that’s connected to the VDI server. Downtime, data recovery, reinstallation, and other costly recovery procedures are completely bypassed.

Since thin clients require very minimal setup or configuration, it’s easy and relatively inexpensive to replace a broken or damaged machine (as opposed to dealing with a end-user custom configured machine.

Simplified Upgrade Process

Because all programs and applications are stored on the server, it’s the only machine that requires upgrading. No more replacing or upgrading individual workstations on a rotating basis, saving both time and money.

Improved Productivity

The end user will be working off of a fast server instead of local PC with more limited memory and processing speed. Those who work at home or on the road can access their desktops from anywhere, extending customer service hours and maximizing company profit.

Simplified IT Support

The company's IT support staff can now access desktops requiring support without having to physically visit their workplace. Broken hardware will still have to be replaced in person, but more instances of technical support can be phone-based. Lead times for support drop dramatically, keeping productivity levels high.

Larger companies benefit from a centralized system because IT staff can troubleshoot issues without having to be on site, allowing them to serve more employees with less effort. Smaller companies can even look at outsourcing their IT requirements, saving on staffing costs and keeping the existing staff dedicated to the core business.

Bottom Line

In terms of company expenditures, thin client deployment can be more cost-effective than the overall TCO for desktop PCs. Some manufacturers and distributors who have made the switch are reporting cost savings as well as improved reliability, security, and productivity.

Do you think thin clients are advantageous for your manufacturing or distributing company? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments box below.


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Craig Pollack

Craig Pollack

Craig is the Founder & CEO of FPA Technology Services, Inc. Craig provides the strategy and direction for FPA, ensuring its clients, business owners, and key decision makers leverage technology as efficiently and effectively as possible. With over 25 years of experience building the preeminent IT Service Provider in the Southern California area, Craig is one of the area’s leading authorities on how small to mid-sized businesses can best secure and leverage their technology to achieve their business objectives.