Network Computers: Thin Clients
Understanding the Hype and Reality

Program Overview:
Today there are two computing alternatives available at the desktop: a terminal connected to a multi-user computer, or a personal computer. Soon there will be an attractive new choice - the network computer or "thin client" ­ which combines the simplicity and low cost of terminals with leading-edge application technologies.

Through its selectable network connections, the network computer will attach to any type of server and will be ideal for multi-platform computing environments. Network computers will have access to all kinds of applications running on one server or many servers, to the worldwide resources of the Internet or a private Intranet, and to the fast-emerging world of Java applications downloaded on demand from Internet or Intranet servers.

The "Hype"
Zero-Administration at the desktop -- No local hardware/ software configuration -- Improved Security -- Absence of local information improves overall security -- Better economics -- PC annual cost of ownership - $ 12,000, Thin-Client $2,500. Simplified application distribution -- Centralization of applications and data.

The "Reality"
Will your existing network support the thin client architecture? Will end-users and departments give up their PC's and their independence? Truly robust applications are still theoretical. X terminals - Why will NC's succeed where X terminals failed?

Who Should Attend?
This seminar is a must attend for CIO's, IT management, system architects/analysts, software programmers and software developers, systems integrators, and any IT professional considering a network computer strategy.


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The Thick and Thin of Network Computers


* Will thin clients be the next step forward in distributed computing, or are they taking us two steps back to the days of mainframes and dumb terminals?

* Will the savings claimed by thin client proponents be worth the loss of individuality, functionality, and productivity feared by advocates of networked (Fat) PCs?

A Gartner Group study estimates the annual cost of running "Fat" PC clients at $11,900 per year, per seat. The same study estimates the cost for running "Thin" network computers at just $2,500 per year, per seat.

* Are these the true costs of ownership?
* Can your company take advantage of these savings?
* Will your organization really save money in the long run?

* What about X terminals, how do they differ from thin clients, and when should they be implemented?
* What applications are best for a network computer environment?

* Will thin clients really simplify application distribution, or will they simply create a demand that will destroy the network?

* If you take data and software off your desktop and put it on the network, what happens to security?

Should you act now, or wait and see? What are the risks? What are the rewards?


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