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I produced this presentation about the viability of thin clients in a domestic setting during my year 12 work experience at BT.

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Thin Client

  1. 1. Thin ClientsA viable replacement for Desktop PCs?
  2. 2. What is a thin client True Thin Client Hybrid (lean) Client Ultra Thin Client Managed PC Legacy Thin Client Zero Clients
  3. 3. Initial Advantages Better Security Lower Power consumption Greater Productivity Cheaper Quieter and Cooler Less maintenance Less desirable for theft Longer Life span
  4. 4. Suppliers Wyse HP IGEL ThinSpace VXL Sun Microsystems SafeDesk N-computing Recycling Legacy PCs
  5. 5. Operating Systems/Platforms Windows CE Windows XPe Linux ThinOSVirtualisation allows Running of virtually any operating system remotely on a server.
  6. 6. Sun Ray 2 Ultra/True Thin Client 4Watts Costs around £190 Virtual Windows Desktop
  7. 7. SafeDesk MiniPC Managed PC / Lean Client ~20Watts Costs around £140 Modified Ubuntu Desktop
  8. 8. Dell Optiplex Desktop PC (low range) ~80Watts (processor alone uses 65W) Costs around £250 Windows XP Desktop
  9. 9. Overview of Tech Specs Thin Client Managed Pc (Lean) Desktop Pc (Compact) Hardware SpecificationsSupplier Sun Microsystems SafeDesk DellModel Sunray 2 SafeDesk MiniPC Optiplex 755Cost £192.39 £140 ~£250CPU Frequency 500 MHz 1.6 GHz (HT) 2 x 1.8GHzCPU Power 500mW 4W 65 WMemory 0 MB 1024 MB 1024 MBUnit Dimensions 28mm x 122mm x 205mm 65mm x 205mm x 210mm 90mm x 250 mm x 250mm
  10. 10. Performance In the Office Thin Client Managed Pc (Lean) Desktop Pc (Compact) Office Work PerformanceBoot up time ~0.5 sec ~ 6-7 min ~ 35 secLogin time ~ 4 sec ~ 45 sec ~ 5 secLoad word processor ~ 2 sec ~ 5 sec ~ 1 secLoad spread sheet ~ 2 sec ~ 3 sec ~ 3 secTyping lag None None NoneCell dragging lag Jittery Slow None
  11. 11. File Handling Thin Client Managed Pc (Lean) Desktop Pc (Compact) File HandlingSmall file (44KB) ~ 0.5 sec ~ 6 sec ~ 0.5 secLarge file (152MB) ~ 2.5 sec ~ 37 min ~ 5 secSeveral files (50 x 44KB) ~0.5 sec ~2mins ~ 0.5 secMany files (1000 x 44KB) ~4.5 sec ~35 min ~ 7.5 sec
  12. 12. Video Performance Thin Client Managed Pc (Lean) Desktop Pc (Compact) Streaming Video PerformanceLoading YouTube video ~ 3 sec ~ 6 sec ~4 secHD playback stutters Unbearable A few NoneFull screen iPlayer Unbearable Poor GoodSports Play Back Mediocre Good GoodComments Video loads quickly and Low resolution video play All video playback is excellent plays at the correct back is fine with very and smooth. Stutters are rate, but refreshes in few stutters. very rare. dirty rectangles and is Struggles on higher not at all watch able. resolution video, stutters a lot.
  13. 13. Casual Gaming Thin Client Managed Pc (Lean) Desktop Pc (Compact) Casual Gaming PerformanceFlashYeti Sports Flamingo 8/10 5/10 10/10Yeti Sports Pingu Throw 8/10 7/10 10/10Super Flash Sonic 3/10 4/10 10/10Car Crushin’ 9/10 10/10 10/10Magic Pen 2 8/10 10/10 10/10JavaRuneScape 0/10 6/10 10/10Scared 3d 1/10 9/10 10/10Futuristic arenas 0/10 8/10 10/10
  14. 14. Network Usage
  15. 15. Conclusion PCs are still best for home users SafeDesk could become viable for inexperienced users Sun Ray 2 is acceptable for business use Safedesk or Sun Ray 2 could potentially be used in schools

I produced this presentation about the viability of thin clients in a domestic setting during my year 12 work experience at BT.

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