10 Dec 2019

Zero Clients Eliminate Most Security, Hardware and Maintenance Issues

Today’s working environments typically deploy a fleet of PCs, each containing a hard drive, memory, sometimes video cards and more importantly either a Windows or Mac OS X operating system. The very nature of this setup introduces vulnerabilities in security with risk of hacking or device theft, plus ongoing management and maintenance requirements for both software and hardware, and generally high power consumption. Chasing problems from PC to PC is both inefficient and frustrating. Isolated issues can quickly pile up while company personnel sit and wait to get back to work.

 

 

Today, deploying Zero Client devices throughout the company can virtually eliminate security problems, most hardware problems and maintenance issues. A Zero Client contains no hard drive, no moving parts and no operating system—it is a simple, secure, stateless endpoint that gets everything it, and you, need from the cloud. LG Zero Client cloud endpoints connect to a server in the cloud (self-hosted or a subscription service), such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or VMware®, to deploy desktop functions from the cloud.

To the end user the Zero Client experience looks and functions nearly identically to that of a PC, because a Zero Client will typically bring up a windows session. But Zero Clients have many advantages over traditional PCs, laptops and tablets, especially with security. Security pervades all vertical market sectors, each of which has compliance and regulatory issues to contend with. This is the reason federal government, healthcare institutions, financial services, education, and others favor Zero Client devices. There is nothing installed on a local drive—customer data and other sensitive information are all stored in the cloud. Should the device be stolen, the only loss is the cost of the hardware.

LG Zero Clients run on PC-over-IP (PCoIP®). LG Zero Client cloud endpoints use a Teradici® processor and Teradici management software and support the PCoIP protocol in VMware View, Teradici CAS, Azure Support and Amazon WorkSpaces.

PCoIP is a patented remote display protocol developed by Teradici that renders encrypted pixels (not data) to the endpoint. Simply connect a CAT 5 cable, power cable, keyboard and mouse to the Zero Client. Easy to deploy, manage and operate, Zero Clients decode PCoIP transmissions and output pixels on the screen without transmitting the data. PCoIP delivers the most accurate and distortion-free experience regardless of network conditions.

PCoIP benefits

  • Customers choose PCoIP solutions for lossless reproduction, color accuracy and the highest level of security
  • Specifically designed to deliver interactive applications
  • Users enjoy a secure, rich virtual computing experience
  • Simplifies the provisioning and management of computing services
  • Powers next generation local, remote and mobile work styles
  • Allows IT departments to deliver a secure, right-sized computing experience to everyone

Routine service and maintenance costs are greatly reduced, as with no moving parts there is little that can break. Zero Clients run cooler than PCs and use less energy. In most cases, electricity consumption typically plummets from a PC’s 150 watts down to 30 watts or less with a Zero Client. Operating systems, software and apps are installed and updated by the IT administrator from a central location, and IT always knows exactly what is on their network.

LG is a leading manufacturer of Zero Clients, and offers the Tera2 V Series Cloud Box, and All-in-One Zero Client FHD (1920 x 1080) displays in 23” and 24” class. The displays feature six USB 2.0 ports, support a second monitor and contain built-in speakers. LG Zero Client displays feature IPS panels for optimum image quality with a true 178-degree wide viewing angle, and are TAA compliant. All LG Zero Clients include a free 3-year subscription to Teradici Desktop Access—all the elements administrators need to efficiently manage and maintain their PCoIP Zero Client deployment.

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