Six thin clients reviewed

Summary:In the first instalment of a two-part review on thin clients, we look at thin-client terminals.

Ipex WBT 370CE
MaxTerm 8300B
Sun Ray 170
VXL Itona
Wyse S30
Asterisk PC reviver
What to look out for
Sample scenario
Editor's choice
About RMIT

Sample scenario

This medium-sized enterprise is moving premises and wants to replace 80 percent of its existing dated Desktop PC fleet and migrate the users to a thin-client architecture.

Approximate budget: As cost effective as possible.

Requires: 60 thin-client terminals.

Concerns: The clients need the ability to access a variety of different content sources, however as they are moving into a new building all the servers, network cabling and switching/routing infrastructure is new and designed to run their Thin Client applications. The terminals need to fit perfectly with this new facility. Each employee's workspace has also been evaluated and re-designed with space saving in mind, therefore physical desktop space is also at a premium.

Winner: The scenario winner this month goes to the Wyse S30 terminal. Its features and size make it perfect to use in conjunction with a LCD panel display of choice for the client. And it is well priced too.

Final Words

I would like to say a quick thank you to Citrix for providing one of their engineers, Ashley Willis, to supply the Labs with the latest version of its MetaFrame application, and for his assistance in setting it up on one of our servers to enable us to test the devices' ICA connections in a Citrix environment. The devices were also connected to several Microsoft Windows terminal servers as well during the making of this review.

If your desktop SOE is fairly light or you see your enterprise moving more towards browser-based applications then now is the time to consider and evaluate a thin-client environment.

Remember the keys to successful thin-client deployments: a strong glitch-free network, powerful and redundant servers, smooth application transition, and user acceptance -- training, training, and training. It also moves some of the security headaches away from the desktop and back to the server room.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Innovation

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