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What are we doing in this jungle?

Posted by SecMaker, filed under Blog.

It may seem easier to walk, climb and paddle through the Amazon jungle than to give a straight answer to which thin client would be the most suitable for you.

Daily I get questions regarding which thin client I would recommend, which operating system to be used, and what solutions can or can not be made between them. It’s not an easy question to answer, but I will try to share some of my thoughts about this.

In the public sector, especially hospitals, the reality is very different from ten years ago. We no longer have time or can afford to mess with locked computers, waiting for long logins or go back to where we last closed down.

Today we demand to quickly be able to activate our session, secure and easy both for the staff and the patient. Hospital staff need to be able to move with their work between departments and units. They should be able to share a computer and effectively switch user without having to navigate back in complicated systems. These tough requirements hinges on IT departments out there, and if they do not act, the patient’s security may be threatened.

There is a solution that achieves the high requirements: virtualized platforms, published applications and thin clients with session roaming and smart cards.

Which thin client should be used depends on the VDI platform the customer choose to use. The trend today is that the client no longer is so thin, it delivers a wide range of clients with good performance and potential hardware.

Many solutions today make higher demands on the device’s operating system to meet the desired functionality. This makes it almost impossible for me to answer the question:

Which thin client is the best one?

Experience shows that which thin client and operating system to choose, depends on which VDI technology you choose and especially which interface against its VDI you want to present.

”A thin client is a computer or a computer program that depends heavily on some other computer (its server) to fulfill its computational roles. This is different from the traditional fat client, which is a computer designed to take on these roles by itself. The specific roles assumed by the server may vary, from providing data persistence (for example, for diskles nodes) to actual information processing on the client’s behalf.”

Source: Wikipedia

We can probably agree that in the public sector the personal computer will soon retire, especially in hospitals. But that it should be replaced by a unit without a hard drive, operating system and low working memory is simply not true. It’s not that simple.

Are you dealing with this issue, please contact us. We will listen to you and happily share information on successful projects where the combination VDI, right thin client and smart cards has made the reality not only easier for IT departments, but above all safer for the patient.

Ronnie Johansson

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