Users can access virtual desktops from traditional PCs, thin clients, zero clients and even mobile devices using an HTML5 browser, but not all endpoints are created equal, particularly in terms of price.
A fully functional PC armed to the teeth with features, for example, costs a lot more than a zero client, which is little more than a keyboard, mouse and Ethernet connection. Or IT can choose the middle ground and use cheap thin clients such as Raspberry Pis and Google Chromebooks. In addition to the initial hardware savings, these low-cost VDI thin clients are also simple to manage, include security features and are easy to replace, so organizations won't rack up any big expenses down the line, either.
Take a closer look at the options for cheap thin clients, discover what to look for in a quality VDI client and learn what's preventing Chromebook laptops and Raspberry Pis from more widespread adoption.
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Explore cheap VDI client options
It can be a challenge for VDI shops to pick the right set of client devices for users to work from. Traditional PCs offer the best performance and the most features, but they're pricy and not entirely necessary for users who only work with virtual desktops and applications. That opens the door for the large number of cheap thin clients and zero clients to enter the picture. Find out more about setting up VDI thin clients in-house, why zero clients are also a strong alternative and how low-cost PCs are digging into the thin client computing market share.
Raspberry Pi devices come cheap
One of the cheapest VDI thin clients on the market is the Raspberry Pi single-board computer, starting at a modest $35 each. They run Linux and because Raspberry Pis are such basic computing devices, they are often easier for IT to manage than more expensive VDI clients. See what Citrix is doing to push the Raspberry Pi 3 closer to widespread enterprise adoption and learn how IT administrators should prepare for these cheap thin clients.
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Google Chromebooks make their case
Google's Chromebook laptops are another cheap thin client option -- and viable for VDI. The Chromebook is as secure as many traditional PCs, performing a verified boot upon each login to check if anything on the device is compromised. If the device notices a problem, it automatically resets itself. Uncover some of the reasons why Google Chromebooks haven't caught on yet in the enterprise, how to make them more business-friendly and what the future holds.
IT can save cash by using Google Chromebooks for VDI in certain groups of workers, but they must weigh all the pros and cons before deployment. Continue Reading
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Key VDI client terms to know
A list of important terminology IT should know about cheap thin clients.