What Are Thin Clients?
A thin client is a lightweight endpoint computing device that depends on a server for its computational role. In fact, the server performs most of the work, which can include running applications and storing information for the thin client. This is opposed to conventional PC systems, which do most of the work while still being able to run programs on a server. Thin-client hardware generally consists of a device which provides input/output for a keyboard, mouse, monitor, sound jacks, and open ports for USB devices.
Thin Clients That Parallels RAS Supports
How Do Thin Clients Work?
While thin clients run an operating system locally, they usually carry flash memory instead of a hard disk. Because they have no hard drive or local storage, all applications and data are stored on central servers. Thin clients depend on network computing to allow local printing, audio, video, web browsing, and terminal emulation.
Understanding Windows Thin Clients
"A Windows thin client is an efficient, cost-effective endpoint device that is able to offset many of its computational processes to a server. These devices achieve their computing needs through a network connection to a central server."
-By Alex Hunter
How Thin Clients Work with Parallels RAS
Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) connects the server-hosted applications, data, and desktops to thin-client machines through Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). Parallels RAS works with Microsoft RDS, Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenApp, Nutanix Acropolis, and KVM, providing impressive technology flexibility.
Parallels RAS works seamlessly with the major thin-client vendors, including IGEL Technology, 10ZiG, Atrust, Centerm, and VXL. The Parallels Client, which enables the connection between the thin client and Parallels RAS, has been developed in collaboration with each thin-client vendor to ensure an optimized user experience. The Parallels Client allows users to have a local desktop–like experience, with instant access to applications, desktops, and data.
Benefits of RAS Virtualization on Thin-Client Devices
Take advantage of superior audio and video performance with Microsoft RemoteFX graphic improvement, dual-monitor support, and robust redirection capabilities.
Increase data protection with SSL encryption, advanced filtering access, two-factor authentication, and smart card authentication.
USB Drive and Printing
Local printer or USB drives are instantly enabled, providing users with a local desktop–like experience.
Parallels RAS and 10ZiG
Combined with 10ZiG Zero Clients, Parallels RAS offers a first-rate user experience, with lightning-quick start-up times, centralized management made easy through intuitive controls, and extremely low energy consumption.
Parallels RAS and IGEL Technology
This article outlines some of the exciting benefits of the Parallels RAS partnership with leading thin-client manufacturer IGEL Technology, and explains how embracing this partnership could lead businesses to an even more efficient and cost-effective server solution.
Parallels RAS and HP Inc Thin Clients
When integrating with HP thin client devices, Parallels RAS offers an exceptionally powerful automated virtualization solution. Not only that, but the combined solution is offered at the most reasonable price point possible.