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What to Look for in a Mobile Thin Client

Mobile thin clients represent another breakthrough in simple, secure and user-friendly cloud access devices. With a mobile thin client, users have access to their virtual desktops wherever they are located as long as they have an Internet or network connection. Mobile thin clients are versatile enough to deliver a rich and secure user experience whether users are working from a corporate office or on the go.

“Any organization that works with highly sensitive data or must meet strict compliance guidelines should consider using mobile thin clients because they allow users to securely access resources from any location,” according to the TechTarget website SearchVirtualDesktop.com.

Mobile thin client benefits
Mobile thin clients deliver lower lifecycle costs and lower operational costs because they are sleek, energy-efficient and durable and not overloaded with unnecessary features or functions. 

In addition to the potential for lower total cost of ownership, key benefits of mobile thin clients, per SearchVirtualDesktop.com, include:

  • Simplicity: IT can deliver a fully locked-down operating system to mobile thin clients and manage them from a central console.
  • Security: Because no data lives on the mobile thin clients themselves, IT only has to worry about securing the devices and the network.
  • Mobility and agility: Users only need an Internet connection to access whatever data and applications they need at any time, from any location.
  • Performance and user experience: Mobile thin clients can access more power and capabilities than tablets or other mobile devices, thus enabling resource-intensive applications to function better.

Mobile thin client features
As with any important technology advance, not all mobile thin client solutions can deliver all of these potential benefits to end users, IT decision-makers and the overall business. When evaluating which mobile thin clients to consider for your organization, these are the key features you should demand:

  • Remote management that enables IT admins to centrally shut down a device or wipe it remotely. This reduces security risks in case the device is lost or stolen.
  • A rich user experience in a package that is lightweight, thin, durable and energy efficient. A stylish design is not necessarily a functional requirement but can add significant value by generating user enthusiasm and support.
  • Flexibility to boost performance with advanced processors for video, graphics, streaming and other multimedia uses that can match the experience users expect from fully loaded PCs or laptops.
  • Availability of modern collaboration features including noise cancellation, loud speakers, a world-facing third microphone and collaboration keys.
  • Advanced security capabilities, including multifactor fingerprint authentication, an integrated privacy screen, BIOS protection and a secure, virus-resistance Linux operating system.
  • Sufficient ports for all of users’ potential needs, including USB, USB Type-C, HDMI and Ethernet, as well as a SIM card slot and audio combo jack.
  • A broad partner ecosystem so users can leverage a wide range of value-added software as well as Windows, Citrix, and VMware virtual environments.

Taking the next step
As IT teams look to reduce complexity, improve security and centralize management of their cloud environments, mobile thin clients represent a new opportunity to increase efficiencies through a mobile and collaborative experience for users who need to work in the office or on the go, whether sometimes, often or always.

Thin clients from HP Inc. offer IT decision-makers a range of features and capabilities that other vendors are hard-pressed to match, backed by a broad ecosystem of ISV partners to help deliver simple, secure and robust cloud access. 

For more information on how mobile thin clients can support your organization’s cloud journey, please visit HP.

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