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February 2014

Zero-client computing

The zero-client computing e-book series delves into essential aspects of how virtual desktop services can be provided with as little configuration as possible. Many vendors sell zero clients that do not in fact require zero configuration, so definitions tend to be fluid. These chapters will counter that vagueness with specifics on the distinctions between zero clients and thin clients, as well as guidance on how best to implement and manage zero clients.

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Alastair Cooke

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  • More than nothing, a zero client simplifies the desktop

    This chapter provides a detailed examination of what zero clients are, how they work, what their primary benefits might be and where their key limitations are to be found. An important part of this chapter’s discussion is how zero clients differ from thin clients. Media Group: Data Center and Virtualization

  • What it takes to make zero clients add up

    This chapter looks at the major considerations in making a final decision on whether to move an organization's desktops to zero clients. Cost, return on investment and vendor choice are among the most essential factors to be weighed. The chapter also discusses the complexity of a shift to a zero-client model.

  • With zero clients, exceptions shouldn't be the rule

    Chapter 3 explores the post-rollout steps for an organization that has adopted zero clients. Once they are in place, IT needs to know how to manage and monitor desktops effectively from the data center. Though minimal maintenance is necessary, admin concerns and software updates must be addressed in a timely manner. By understanding the best practices for managing zero clients, IT can truly maximize ROI and make sure employees have the tools to do their jobs without disruption.


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