Andy Bevan at Pulsant on the new generation of thin client technology

Thin client solutions have waxed and waned in popularity over the years, but with the ubiquity of good-quality networking and the continuing evolution of business requirements promoting mobility and enhanced security, thin client delivery can have real advantages.

What is it about the new generation of thin client technology that has led to it becoming an increasingly sought-after IT delivery mechanism in the legal sector?

Our clients see convenience – anytime, any location, any device – as a key benefit, followed by security and cost-effectiveness. With a thin client, all software except for the core operating system is stored on the server, and the desktop is connected to the datacentre. This means that software installation and patch management can be achieved quickly and easily without making changes to each client computer - a major advantage for small in-house IT teams or widely distributed offices.

In a sector where confidentiality is critical, the protection of business data is further enhanced by this technology. Thin client endpoints are inherently more secure since all data is stored centrally on a server, rather than on a device’s hard drive. Minimising the risk of data leakage further, it’s also possible to prevent users saving files to local drives, as well as restrict the use of removable media, improving the ability of a business to manage its compliance posture.

This article was first published in LPM's February issue 'Connecting Clients', click here to read the full article.

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