After the retirement of Bill Gates it is time to say goodbye to the fat client.
Despite all the efforts of IT management to standardize the IT infrastructure the Personal Computer, introduced in the 80’s of the last century, is still part of the standards of almost all companies. A lot of IT managers don’t realize that the TCO of a Personal Computer is more than 70 percent higher than the TCO of a Virtual display station.
A Virtual display station?
I bet that many IT managers don’t have a good idea what a virtual display station is. I bet that many people never have seen a virtual display station. It is just a screen connected to the network, without an operating system and without a hard disk at the workplace. That is the reason that the virtual display station doesn’t make any noise and hardly use energy, only 4 Watt, approximately five percent of the power consumed by a typical PC system.
As user you don’t realize that you work with a virtual display station. You still have your screen and your keyboard, you still have all your applications, the workplace is less warm and you hear the ticking of your quartz watch. Sounds good? It even becomes better.