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 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. Next page: WYSE product news.
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.