With the prices of electricity climbing, there more and more users going for a thin client solution. Thin client is what. It’s a terminal without hard disk which enables you to connect via terminal server session onto the server to work on your files. In general there is a USB, paralel, and com1 ports availables on the device.
The main advantage is the electricity consumption. Thin clients consume far less electricity than conventional desktops. It might consume 4 to 8 watts of power. That’s because most of the heavy computation is performed by a server. (An individual server – Terminal Server can handle 10 to 50 thin clients, depending on the application they are being used for.) By contrast, a desktop might consume 200 to 250 watts of power.
PC makers might say that the user would always prefer a desktop to work with, because of the internal hard disk drive. So one can save his stuff on it (family photos, his preffered erotic story….. just kidding). But anyway, PCs invariably are going to consume a substantially larger amount of power. Also for the support stuff there is much less work. There is no moving parts in the thin client (no fan on the processor to break down, no hard disk failure).
In the past, people really haven’t factored in power in TCO (total cost of ownership) calculations. But this parameter we gonna have to take into the consideration seriously. Thin clients also last longer. You only have to replace it every 80 years. Howewer the PC’s continue to come down in price, eroding the appeal of alternatives.