Selecting the right zero client

Posted by igelclient on July 29th, 2015

The advantage of a zero client compared to a more complex thin client lies in the fact that management is easier.

Optimized access to virtual desktops


A zero client is optimized for access to virtual desktops. In most cases, the zero client therefore supports just one solution, for example Citrix XenDesktop, VMware Horizon or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Additional connection software is usually not installed on the zero client. With their integrated browser, IGEL zero clients are an exception here. Thanks to this browser, even direct access to web portals and cloud services is possible, for example for emergency scenarios or kiosk operation of the zero client in conjunction with a web application.

Zero client configuration and management


In most cases, zero client workstations are managed on the server. The virtual desktops accessed by the zero client are configured here. However, zero client management software is required in order to make device-specific changes such as the screen resolution efficiently. A profile-based solution such as the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) via which regular firmware updates can be transferred to the zero client is particularly efficient.

Zero clients and future-proofing – In most cases, these two words fit in with each other only to a certain extent. Unlike with a multiprotocol thin client such as the IGEL UD3, a zero client by definition supports only a very limited range of IT provision solutions. If the IT strategy is to be changed, the entire client hardware must be changed at the same time. In view of this fact, the German market leader for thin clients, zero clients and software thin clients has decided to offer an upgrade path for its IZ2 and IZ3 IGEL Zero models  to the UD2 and UD3 Universal Desktop models.

Regular firmware updates


The upgrade to the multiprotocol firmware can be carried out easily via the IGEL UMS. Regardless of the upgrade option, IGEL maximizes the operating life of its zero clients with its regular firmware updates. After all, new functions offered by the server solution can only be used if the client software is kept up to date.

Not every zero client is the same


Anyone who is evaluating a zero client should always bear in mind the issue of future-proofing. If there is no guarantee that the server solution and user scenarios will remain the same for a reasonable time, importance should be attached to an upgrade or at least an update option when choosing a specific zero client.

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