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Bill gates once said, "If you give people tools, and they use their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in a way that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected." In 1946, the world was introduced to the "Giant Brain", or ENIAC, the world's first computer. 28 years later, the first desktop computer was introduced by Micro Instrumentation Telemetry Systems, they called it Altair. Two years later, Apple I was created by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, proving that computing could become personal.
The shift from the idea of a computer taking up an entire room to just a spot on a desk was radical at the time, but in 1981, IBM introduced the IBM PC, proving that personal computing was more than just a fad.
Skip ahead to 2010, where another shift is happening. While not as radical as a shift from a super-computer to a desktop computer, thin client computing is starting to become more and more popular among businesses and corporations. Thin clients can benefit companies in various ways, including reducing cost, power consumption and increased security.
A leader in thin-client technology, Wyse Technology offers both hardware and software for thin client solutions. Companies such as Sears, Petsmart, Verizon and Citi are using Wyse thin clients. Both public and private organizations are starting to integrate thin clients into their businesses every day. Wyse describes their technology as Cloud Client Computing. "Cloud Client Computing is the ultimate client computing solution for our time. It replaces the outdated computing model of the unsecure, unreliable, un-green and expensive PC. It delivers the most optimized security, reliability, total cost of ownership, and user experience with the lowest energy usage. It simply connects all the dots: Thin and zero client computing, unified communications, desktop virtualization and the web for users to reach the clouds – in a private, public, government or hybrid cloud."
Is your firm thinking about adopting thin client technology, or are you curious to see how it works? Wyse has donated several thin clients to Platform Lab for testing and demonstration purposes. We are very excited to have these demo units available to our client base as we ramp up our newest offering, virtual desktop infrastructure.