Finding a Thin Client
Although increasing in popularity, thin client computers rarely appear in a consumer-oriented electronics store. However, major computer manufacturers offer thin client solutions either directly from their web sites or through online superstores.
A pioneer of the so-called "dumb" terminals of the past, Wyse has unique credentials in the thin client arena. These units run various operating systems including Wyse ThinOS, Windows CE, Linux, Windows XPe, Windows Embedded 2009, and Windows Embedded 7. Wyse also sells its "zero client" solution which consists of thin client designs for a single, specific environment.
Like other thin client vendors, Wyse has several ultra mobile laptop thin clients that help extend the benefits of the thin client to workers who travel a lot.
Zero clients, flexible thin clients and traditional thin clients from HP offer solutions for companies operating in virtual environments. These computers run HP's own ThinPro OS or a variety of Microsoft operating systems. HP offers three separate tiers of thin clients, helping IT professionals to match the power and flexibility of their thin clients to their company needs.
HP offers a mobile thin client that provides high security and mobility for workers who travel a lot or telecommute. The HP mobile thin client looks like a standard laptop, but comes with a very low total cost of ownership. It runs either Windows 2009 Embedded Standard or Windows Embedded Standard 7 to boot and connect to server resources.
Dell has two OptiPlex thin client products that are fully customizable from the factory. These units come equipped with the Dell thin client OS or with Microsoft or Linux operating systems. Dell also offers a 13" Latitude thin client notebook computer that is perfect for mobile and remote workers.
Thin client emulation
Software applications and third party thin client kits help computer owners use traditional computers as thin clients. Although this approach to thin client computing sacrifices most thin client benefits, such applications introduce important flexibility into the workplace.