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Guide to choosing and managing VDI thin clients

Last updated:May 2015

Editor's note

Thin clients make the VDI world go round. A thin client is a slimmed-down endpoint device that doesn't do any of the computing processing on the device itself; it relies on a network connection to the data center, where the virtual desktop is hosted.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to thin clients: What features do you need? How will you manage them? Do you need thin client devices in the first place? They are a great way to provide slim, manageable endpoints for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) users, but there are other options for VDI hardware, too.

In this guide, learn about the benefits of VDI thin clients, how to choose the right ones for your environment and how these endpoints compare to thick and zero clients.

1Choosing VDI thin clients

The purpose of thin clients is that they make management easier, so it's important to make sure you choose the right hardware. The wrong product or features can actually complicate management, so stick to only the features you need and make sure to weigh your options before you buy.

2How thin clients compare to other VDI hardware

Are thin clients truly the right choice for your organization? Before you take the plunge, it's a good idea to consider your other options, including thin clients, zero clients and even Android thin clients. Each one has pros and cons, and knowing which one fits your needs will help make management and deployment easier.

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