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If you store most or all the data you need in a data center or backup system but still require many other features of a traditional desktop computer, including applications and memory, consider adding a thin client to your computer network. These stateless, fan-free desktop computers rely on other computers or servers to fulfill their computing functions and can be highly effective in networking environments where multiple clients share computations with the same server. Keep an eye out for data encryption features that help keep your information secure.
Thin clients offer many of the benefits of a standard desktop computer, including an operating system, memory and limited applications, but they do not feature a hard disk drive or offer any independent or internal storage. That's where your data center's server network steps in. While a zero client offers operational benefits, the bulk of computation occurs via a server. With a lower number of moving parts, thin clients are often easy to maintain. For traditional desktop computers that feature an internal hard disk or flash storage, browse desktop PCs.
Many thin and zero clients offer multiple, easy connection options, including multiple USB ports for fast, simple connections to external servers, PCs and other machines, and RJ-45 connectors for Ethernet connections, including Gigabit Ethernet connections that enable fast data transfer. A variety of inputs, including audio and DVI inputs, offer enhanced functionality.
We know it's important to you to keep your data secure. While thin clients are known for limited functionality, some may offer moderate security benefits, such as data encryption, that help maintain the integrity of your network. However, high-security data centers will probably find it necessary to supplement or substitute security measures via the backup server or networking equipment connected to the thin client. To find a server that suits high-complexity data applications, consider x86-based servers.