Remove the Client from Your Thin-Client (Sort of)

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is certainly nothing new but it is becoming more and more common in the market place.  There are very good solutions from all the major technology players like Microsoft, Citrix and VMware.  With VDI you are essentially moving your “desktop” to the datacenter and basically controlling your desktop as a remote session.  To do this you still need some sort of “client” to enable you to connect to that session.  There are lots of options out there but most have traditionally been small, dumb, “Thin Clients” with very little memory, no hard drive and keyboard, mouse and monitor connections.  There are other options like converting your desktop to a thin client or using something like an iPad but for the most part the dumb little thin client box is the most common.  The thin client has little or no moving parts and draws very little energy compared to a traditional desktop.  I would say they’re “cheap” but that could be argued either way with the falling costs of desktops and laptops.  Lets just say they are, for the most part, “more cost effective”.

Looking at the biggest players in the thin client market you’ll probably come up with Wyse and HP as the largest and then serveral other smaller companies like ChipPC, Pano Logic and several others.  One you probably wouldn’t think of is Samsung.  For awesome flat screen tv’s, absolutely, but thin clients?  Samsung came up with a very attactive option for thin computing – just a monitor.  I’d heard of these a few months back but really never had any first hand feed back on how well they worked until recently. The idea is simple, build the thin client right into the monitor itself.  Let’s face it the monitor is the one thing you just can’t get rid of no matter what your solution.  So I talked to one of our clients last week that recently implemented a few of these new thin client and they have been real happy with it.  It is a very clean solution.  No little boxes with cables coming out all over the place – just a monitor with a keyboard and mouse hooked up and one power cord.

The TC240 is a  24” LCD monitor with full feature thin-client.  It is capable of at least 1280 x 1024 resolution, have 256MB of RAM a 1Gb ethernet connection and a USB hub built in.  The thin client OS is Windows XPe to give you great flexibility and power.  You can find full specs for the TC240 here:

http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/office/monitors/lcd/LF24MGSLBM/ZA/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail

Looking for a PCoIP solution in a smaller monitor – they have that too.  Take a look at the 19” NC190 here:  http://www.samsung.com/us/business/monitors/LF19PPBCBNA/ZA

I really like these Samsung monitor/thin clients as a VDI option just due to their pure simplicity.  Slap a monitor on the desk and hook it into your Citrix XenDesktop or VMware View environment and your good to go.  The only downside I have noted is there isn’t a model with built in wireless available.

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One Response to “Remove the Client from Your Thin-Client (Sort of)”

  1. Andrew Miller Says:

    One other small catch is that the NC series is USB 1.1 only right now (more an attribute of the Teradici board inside….same issue with the Wyse P20, 10 Zig V9000, etc.).

    I haven’t seen that be a practical issue for many people though.

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