Thin Client and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

A thin client has nothing to do with a person’s body image and everything to do with controlling IT costs and data flow.  A vitual desktop infrastructure (VDI) starts with a server in the computer room. This server is actually running 5- 10 (or more) “computers” on that one physical piece of hardware. Then with a Thin Client, which is a device which you connect to a keyboard, mouse and monitor, the device connects to the server and it appears that you are running a desktop computer. Each person appears to have a full desktop computer, but they actually only have access to the single shared server.  That’s why it’s called a “virtual desktop.”  It is a way to lock down the infrastructure and cut equipment costs to save time and money. The end-user has no hard drive and no flash drive, which prevents employees from inappropriate access to or removal of any data.  The level of access to data is determined by the customized security settings.  Employees are still working on what appears to be a normal desktop computer, but everything goes back and forth across the network connection, making it more secure. 

Another advantage is that only the server in the computer room needs to be backed up, effectively creating a back-up for up to 10 user workstations at once.  Restoring systems can be just as simple.