thin client


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A ‘stripped’ personal computer designed specifically to be a client in a client/server network—which holds minimal software and data locally, and obtains software and data as needed from servers

thin client

A computer linked to others within a network that does not have its own disc drive and relies heavily for its function on a central server.
See: fat client
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The thin client field is growing, and now you can get hardware and software from multiple vendors:
Key to every thin client operation, however, is the software itself: the engine that keeps the system running.
Thin clients are low cost, centrally managed computers with key applications and data housed on servers rather than on the desktop, providing individual users and organizations with enhanced security, space savings and cost efficiency.
Rather than using networked PCs to provide connectivity, thin client systems allow for fast application deployment, centralized management, and a lower total cost of ownership.