What Is an RDP Thin Client and Why Use it? | Parallels Explains

A thin client is a hard-drive-free desktop computer that is powered by a thin client operating system instead of other operating systems like Windows or Linux. These fan-less computers do not store sensitive data and applications locally but instead, store them on-premises or in the cloud. They remove extra space needs, cost demands, noise and power consumption, making them highly secure and hassle-free computing solutions.

RDP Thin Client: Benefits Galore!

The benefits of Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) thin client computing include:

Any Cause for Concern? 

RDP thin clients depend on the centralized server for computing power. If the server goes down, all clients that connect to it are affected. Nevertheless, a good backup strategy might counter such possibilities. Also, any substantial feature limitation of RDP will impact the functioning of an RDP thin client.  

Resource monitoring is another area where an RDP thin client has yet to offer something helpful. Network reliability is also a genuine concern for all kinds of thin clients since all the resources and computing power reside on the server-side. 

Parallels RAS is the Answer 

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) connects server-hosted applications, data, and desktops to thin-client machines or Windows 10 kiosk mode through RDP. Parallels Clients—which enable the connection between the thin client and the Parallels RAS Farm—are developed in collaboration with thin-client vendors to ensure an optimized user experience.

Parallels RAS is an asset for organizations, as it can transform any thin client into a fully functional workstation. These thin clients can provide any published application and desktop to end-users, helping your organization to save on new investment costs.

Moreover, Parallels RAS supports a shadowing feature that allows administrators to view an individual session when troubleshooting problems in thin clients as well as management of the client through policies.

The Parallels Client is also available for Linux, so it is suitable for any thin–client device, many of which are Linux-based.

Download the Parallels RAS trial and fully utilize your thin clients today.