Goldring, Chief Executive Officer, VXL Instruments Limited,
a company manufacturing thin clients, sees increase
of use of thin clients in enterprises. To understand
the reasons why, he stresses the need to understand
the difference between information and data in context
of daily use.
information, and not data. A bank worker who has to
input figures on a financial package front-end and make
certain calculations, needs information. A factory shop
floor worker needs to type in shipment release and delivery
dates on the application front-end. It isn't necessary
to provide the latest PC model with a 1.5 Ghz processor,
40 GB hard drive, 128 MB RAM, and a sound card," said
"When you give
users the scope to handle data they need to have responsibility.
In such a scenario, the more you simplify the desktop
client for a user, the more productive they can become."
Not all users need to perform client-side resource intensive
tasks like editing freeze frame video, or CAD to design
hotels and bridges. So, no matter what kind of company,
it should see whether it needs to use data. Accordingly,
it needs to ask whether it's necessary to provide a
floppy drive and a CD-ROM, since the user needs only
Tim feels that
most enterprise servers today are capable of handling
very high loads and have high amounts of processing
power. And, most enterprise applications do not need
too much client-side processing. In such a scenario,
it makes more sense to offer a thin client on the desktop
and let servers do the resource-intensive tasks. This
way, a company can drive down the average cost per desktop.
"A CIO also has to be rational about managing the large
number of desktops typically present in an organization.
A company doesn't want the IT team to be busy troubleshooting
desktops all day. The team should be able to devote
more time to important tasks like managing servers,
storage, and security," explained Tim.