Streamling support

By Michael Krieger  |  Posted 2004-06-08 Print this article Print

In addition to slashing hardware costs, thin clients reduce and centralize support while increasing end-user efficiency by making it easier for employees to concentrate on applications and data, as opposed to their desktop devices. Moreover, thin client environments are more conducive to data backup and security, disaster recovery and virus immunity.

Because thin-client computing guarantees that the maximum amount of corporate data is always available on a centralized basis, SANs and NAS are able to exploit the full value of that data by efficiently transmitting it in file form (NAS) or block form (SANs) between users across LANs (via Ethernet) and WAN (via wide bandwidth, Fibre Channel links). This creates a cascading effect that begins when designated end users are able to access any data, any time.

The cascade effect continues because this high-speed, highly organized approach to secure data access further enables the creation of policy-based computing and departmental chargeback schemes. These schemes capitalize on the efficient nature of thin clients, SAN and NAS by automating labor-intensive storage management tasks such as storage provisioning and information lifecycle management.

The massive influx of corporate data has caused many savvy end-user organizations to react strategically. Their strategies are based on optimizing corporate data by ensuring it is always used to maximum benefit. That benefit is best achieved by the integration of secure access devices like thin clients with fabric-attached storage solutions like SAN and NAS.

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Michael has been involved in various disciplines in the information technology field for more than 25 years. His background and experience in product development, marketing and sales give him a unique perspective on how and why companies succeed in the technology marketplace. Before joining Ziff Davis Market Experts, he was a senior VP for marketing at FutureLink, a large ASP based in Southern California. He previously was VP of marketing for Hitachi Data SystemsÔÇÖ server product line, and also was a senior product manager for AST Research's server and data communications product lines.

His entrepreneurial experience includes founding Solution Business Systems, a developer of manufacturing software for IBM midrange systems. He was also VP of product development at Techland Systems, one of the industry's first creators of micro-to-mainframe emulators.

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