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What is a Thin Client?

IGEL Thin Clients
A Thin Client is a lightweight, fan-less computer that doesn’t have a hard drive, but connects to a server to perform its computing. Thin Clients access hard drives in the data center by running Remote Desktop Protocols (RDP), like Citrix XenDesktop or Citrix Secure Access Gateway which allow virtualized Windows desktops and applications to be delivered as on-demand services.

Because all applications, sensitive data, memory and programs are stored in the data center instead of on the device itself, Thin Client computing is considered a virtual desktop computing model (VDI). Centralized computing in general- and Thin Clients in particular- are better than PCs at protecting organizations from the havoc of malware. This is because even if a user does accidentally click on a malicious link, the Thin Client will not be able to spread the virus to other Thin Clients. In addition, Thin Clients that run on a Linux operating system and automatically receive recommended security updates are nearly impossible to manipulate.


Virtual Desktop Interfaces (VDI) Use Thin Clients

Businesses that use virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) need to combine Thin Clients with an Endpoint Management System so that IT can remotely manage and administer the Thin Clients. When using IGEL’s Universal Desktop Converter, companies can continue to use PC and other assets by converting them into software Thin Clients. Once converted by the UDC, these software Thin Clients will run on and by managed by the same endpoint management system as any new hardware Thin Clients.

Deploying Thin Clients is more cost effective than outfitting each user with a PC. In addition to reduced costs per device, Thin Clients allow IT to more efficiently manage remote endpoints. However, it’s not the Thin Clients themselves that optimize the benefits of VDI: it’s the endpoint management software that actually has the greatest impact on the efficiency, scalability and security of Thin Client computing. Each of IGEL’s Thin Clients comes bundled with a Universal Management System that runs on Linux OS and provides.


Citrix XenDesktop VDI Use Thin Clients

Most Thin Clients support Citrix XenDesktop; the best Thin Clients ensure constant compatibility through a robust support that automatically updates the latest versions of ICA. All IGEL Thin Clients, including those converted by UDC, are Citrix XenDesktop compatible, support Citrix Receiver and are certified for HDX Ready. IGEL Thin Clients constantly have the latest versions of ICA clients and offer full integration of Citrix features, such as the Secure Access Gateway client and Citrix Secure Access Gateway.