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Five VDI thin clients worthy of enterprise consideration


Choosing the best VDI clients is critical

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Why shell out a fortune on high-end PCs for users who just need to access a single app for something as simple as data entry? Instead, organizations can turn to thin clients, which are generally less expensive than full-fledged PCs and can get the job done when implemented correctly.

To execute a successful VDI deployment, end users have to buy in. That's why picking the right VDI clients for users is one of the most important aspects of VDI. But user experience isn't the only thing to consider. VDI shops must keep in mind cost, performance capabilities and compatibility, among other considerations.

Take some time to explore five of the top VDI thin clients and device series on the market, including thin clients from Dell, HP Inc., Raspberry Pi devices, Google's Chromebooks, NComputing's N-series and more.

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What is the ideal use case for VDI thin clients?
I know it's an old post but I think some of the ideal use cases for a basic VDI thin client revolve around office pool workers such as a call center or other productivity app workers. 

Overall, there's nothing that says a thin client can't be used as a replacement for a high-end workstation as well since all of the computing would happen on the backend anyway. Toss a couple of nVidia GPUs into a server and you'll have no issue running intensive CAD-type applications and pushing them out to a thin client endpoint.

Remote workers can benefit as well, as it's less hardware to send home and get broken especially as devices such as writing tablets, scanners, printers, and multiple monitors can all be addressed easily by a product such as XenApp/XenDesktop.

Don't forget that an interim solution such as Recevier Desktop Lock from Citrix, an MSGina replacement for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/7 TPC, can be used to repurpose slightly older "fat" clients that fit the hardware requirements as you decide what Thin Client model to move towards.
I'm looking at 700-1000 end points and I am just in the process of comparing compute sticks, net-tops, zero clients, low end PCs, as anyone else come up with a budget / power sweet spot?