Types of Thin Computing

The most common type of thin computing is where PC applications are stored and run from a central server.

Another type that can work for some organisations instead of using PC applications is where access to applications and information can be made via a web browser like Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla. Companies such as Google, Microsoft, Salesforce.com and Sage have versions of their software that can be accessed in a web page.

The server (or servers) required for a thin client system can be located in an office or in a dedicated data centre.

If you have skilled IT staff they can manage the server, or your IT supplier could do this. Also, some suppliers now offer a service whereby a computer can be rented on a monthly basis. In this situation the supplier will host your applications and records in a secure data centre, and provide the thin computing terminals.