Industrial users have long realized the benefits of replacing PCs on the plant floor with Thin Clients even on a small scale. A large number of ACP's customers who are using ThinManager with industrial Thin Clients are actually running five or fewer terminals.
The term Zero Client came about because the line between Thin Clients and PCs has become increasingly difficult to determine – and companies who produce the thinnest clients needed a way to differentiate themselves.
If you can install and run all your applications on a Windows Server (think ‘mainframe’) then to view them remotely you only need a basic CPU, VGA driver, network I/O, keyboard and mouse – a Windows Terminal.
However today you can find “Thin Clients” with local storage, XP operating systems, and a host of local applications. In my opinion this has crossed the line and has become a PC.
As best I can tell, Tim Negris is the man who coined the term Thin Client when he was with Oracle. It originally described scaled down applications that ran in conjunction with a full version of an application that was loaded on a server.
When Windows OS versions that allowed multiple users came on the scene, one of the first hardware companies to start selling client hardware was Wyse with the introduction of their WinTerm in 1995. This made sense – Wyse was already a huge seller of “dumb” terminals for mainframes and providing a Windows Terminal was logical.
Since its introduction in 1999 ThinManager has undergone a number of improvements. But the most significant changes have come with the latest releases.
Here is a look at the most important features added and enhanced since ThinManager 2.3.
Introduced in ThinManager 2.4
A few days ago a company called Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBSN) announced the results of the company’s seventh annual IT Decision-Maker Web@Work study.
Some of the threats they explored:
Spyware – Hacker software that runs undetected on a PC and is usually designed to monitor and report back any data the criminal thinks will be to his advantage.
Keyloggers – Spyware that has the ability to record keystrokes and screen shots.
Bots – (short for robot) – Software unknowingly installed on an end-user’s PC and can communicate with other computers on the outside of the company.
Here is the Elevator Pitch – the 15 second version of our product that you could lay out during an elevator ride:
ACP provides management tools and software for Thin Clients and Terminal Servers. Thin Clients allow you to run standard Windows applications like a mainframe, with multiple users running at the same time on a single server, dramatically reducing costs.
If the person is interested, I normally hear a number of follow-up questions. Here are some of the most common ones with my answers: