Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What Is Server-Based Computing?
A: Server-based computing is a logical, efficient evolution of today's networking environments that gives organisations a way to extend resources, simplify application deployment and administration, and lower the total cost of application ownership.
With server-based computing, applications are deployed, managed, supported, and executed completely on a server. Client devices, whether "fat" or "thin," have instant access to business applications on the server without needing to be downloaded or re-written. Server-based computing is rapidly becoming the most reliable way to reduce the complexity and total cost of maintaining enterprise computing systems because it works within the current computing infrastructure and standards.
Q: Why Server Based Computing?
A: Server-based, or "Thin Client", Computing overcomes the problems associated with providing information access to multiple users effectively in terms of time and cost, whatever their location. The benefits of Thin Client technology are numerous - reduced hardware and software acquisition and support costs; faster application deployment; and improved security just to name a few. The simplicity and increased control created by the technology allows systems administrators to focus on what they do best - ensuring the stability of your IT infrastructure and continuity of service to your users.
Q: What do you need?
A: Server-based computing relies on three critical components:
1. A multi-user operating system that allows multiple concurrent users to log on and run applications in separate, protected sessions on a single server.
2. A remote presentation services architecture capable of separating the application's logic from its user interface, so that only keystrokes, mouse clicks, and screen updates travel the network.
3. Centralised application and client management, which enables enterprises to overcome the challenges of deploying their critical applications including management, access, performance, and security.
Q: What are the benefits to end-users?
A: The key benefits to an end-user are a more robust working environment and improved desktop performance. A more robust working environment with better performing desktops translates into greater efficiency, reduced desktop down time and greatly improved resources, even for remote users.
Q: What are the benefits for Systems Administrators?
A: For the administrator, server-based computing translates into centralised management. Centralised management means better use of time. No longer will your administrators have to waste time visiting user desktops simply to replace a hard drive or re-install the O/S.
Due to the reduced time spent fire-fighting network problems, your administrators will have more time to develop IT strategies for other areas of the network. With applications being deployed centrally, software upgrades can carried out in hours rather than days.