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Why move your workload from a PC to a server?

Why move your workload from a PC to a server?

June 2014

Today’s workers need seamless access to their data and applications, whether they’re in the office or on the road. But what happens if you’re travelling, maybe for a big business meeting, and you misplace the notebook PC you use to access those files? This could mean big trouble if the files on the notebook aren’t encrypted, right? Not necessarily.

Thin clients have quickly become the future of reducing costs and security risks for remote workers and the businesses that support them. By moving the workload from a PC to a server, data and files are secure and accessible anytime, anywhere. With a thin client, many an IT admin’s priorities become simplified: via the way data is stored and managed, the way information is distributed, and the way businesses are protected overall.

Here are four reasons to consider a thin client for your business needs:

Top-notch security
Going back to the aforementioned lost or stolen notebook, confidential records and data may be encrypted on your PC, but they can still be compromised by a savvy hacker. With a thin client, you can keep secure data storage and applications on your server. In the event that a thin client is ever lost, stolen, or damaged, it’s easy to replace because it doesn’t store data locally.

Increased productivity
Many businesses have IT policies that restrict sending large file attachments. In a thin client environment, users actually edit the original file on a share server, eliminating the need for emailing files back and forth. It also makes it possible to track all changes and store only a single archival copy as a reference.

Keep moving
Secure, mobile thin client solutions are no longer a myth. Now you can hit the road with tools like the HP mt41 Thin Client and have reliable security wherever you have access to the cloud. The lightweight design still manages to feature an enterprise-class chassis that makes quick work of backup and restoration, so on-the-go collaboration is a breeze. You can also be sure you can experience quick access to critical data thanks to optional WWAN 3G/4G LTE connectivity [1].

Simplified management
Manageability and deployment are both huge advantages of a thin client. Since management is typically centralized at the server in the datacenter, it’s less likely to fail and less susceptible to viruses and attacks. As far as deployment is concerned, it’s incredibly easy to set up and configure, too. Software and hardware upgrades, application updates, security policies, etc., can be made right in the data center. This means less downtime and centralized backup of desktops, laptops and other client access devices.

With a thin client, a business has greater control over the applications and websites that the user can access. Additionally, you can configure your deployment to provide a powerful, seamless desktop experience for the end-user without exceeding your budget. In the long run, a thin client may present the best option in terms of security, ease of management, and overall cost effectiveness.

Related products
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[1] WWAN is an optional feature and requires factory configuration and separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions, and other factors.

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