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Why Should You Switch from a Desktop to a Zero Client?

In today's digital era, efficiency, security, and flexibility are key elements for business success. With the constant evolution of technology, it's crucial for companies to adopt solutions that allow them to stay agile and competitive in a constantly changing market. One of these innovative solutions is the migration from traditional desktops to Zero Clients. What are Zero Clients? Zero Clients are lightweight and efficient computing devices designed to access computing resources hosted in the cloud or on a centralized computer or server. Unlike conventional desktops, Zero Clients lack internal components such as processors, storage units, or local operating systems. Instead, they rely entirely on the computer or server infrastructure to run applications and process data. Advantages of Switching to Zero Clients: Enhanced Security: By eliminating local data storage and processing, Zero Clients significantly reduce the risk of loss or theft of confidential information. Furthermore, by centralizing security management on the server, updates and security patches can be implemented more efficiently, ensuring optimal protection against cyber threats. Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): Zero Clients are more cost-effective to acquire and maintain compared to traditional desktops. With a longer lifespan and less maintenance required, Zero Clients offer a lower TCO over time, translating into significant savings for businesses. Greater Flexibility and Mobility: With Zero Clients, users can access their virtual desktops from anywhere and at any time, as long as they have an internet connection. This enables more efficient remote work, facilitates collaboration among geographically dispersed teams, and improves business continuity in emergency situations. Ease of Management: Centralized management of virtual desktops simplifies tasks such as deployment, updating, and software maintenance. IT administrators can remotely manage multiple Zero Clients from a single console, reducing workload and improving operational efficiency. vCloudPoint: Your Partner in Transitioning to Zero Clients In the Zero Clients market, vCloudPoint stands out as a leading product offering innovative and reliable solutions for businesses of all sizes and sectors. With a wide range of solutions designed to meet the specific needs of each client, vCloudPoint is committed to delivering unparalleled performance, security, and cost-effectiveness. In summary, transitioning from traditional desktops to Zero Clients is a strategic decision that can greatly benefit your company or institution. With vCloudPoint as your partner in this transition, you can be confident that you are taking a step towards the future of enterprise computing.

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vCloudPoint for Small and Midsize Businesses: Empowering Efficiency and Cost Savings

Staying up-to-date with hardware and technology can be a significant challenge, especially for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) operating on limited budgets and resources. Traditional computing solutions often prove complex, expensive, and require multiple costly software components. However, vCloudPoint presents an innovative solution that addresses these challenges and establishes a strong technological backbone, enabling SMBs to grow without overwhelming their infrastructure. In this blog post, we will explore the diverse applications of vCloudPoint and how it revolutionizes IT management for SMBs. About vCloudPoint and CyberGlobalNet: CyberGlobalNet, operating in the United States since 2003, proudly serves as the exclusive distributor of the vCloudPoint solution in the North American commercial IT market. We specialize in providing innovative IT solutions that enhance business value and services for companies, institutions, and organizations. Our aim is to help clients maximize their IT investments by transitioning from traditional infrastructure to a centralized, efficient, and versatile model offered by vCloudPoint. What is vCloudPoint and Zero Client Technology? At its core, vCloudPoint is a Zero Client device. This unique design eliminates the need for traditional components like processors, hard drives, and RAM. Instead, the Zero Client device allows up to 99 devices to be connected to a single Windows computer. This innovative approach not only saves costs but also simplifies hardware and software management, enabling organizations to streamline their IT operations effectively. Applications of vCloudPoint for SMBs: Cost-Effective Workstations: By deploying vCloudPoint's Zero Client devices, SMBs can significantly reduce hardware costs. Each device acts as a simple endpoint, relying on the central Windows computer for processing power and storage. This approach eliminates the need for expensive individual workstations, reducing both upfront and ongoing expenses. Efficient IT Management: Managing multiple workstations in an SMB environment can be time-consuming and challenging. However, vCloudPoint simplifies IT management by centralizing software updates, security patches, and system configurations. With a single point of control, IT staff can efficiently monitor and maintain the entire network, ensuring consistent performance and minimizing downtime. Enhanced Security: Data security is a critical concern for SMBs. With vCloudPoint, sensitive information is stored and processed centrally on the server, reducing the risk of data breaches or unauthorized access through individual devices. Additionally, the absence of local storage on the Zero Client devices minimizes the chances of data loss or theft, enhancing overall data security. Scalable Growth: vCloudPoint is designed to accommodate the needs of SMBs as they grow. As the workforce expands, additional Zero Client devices can be easily integrated into the existing infrastructure, without the need for significant hardware upgrades or additional software licenses. This scalability ensures that the IT infrastructure can keep pace with the organization's evolving demands without disruption. Streamlined Collaboration: vCloudPoint enables seamless collaboration among employees by providing shared access to resources and applications. Multiple users can simultaneously work on the same Windows computer, fostering teamwork and productivity. This collaborative environment is particularly beneficial for SMBs that rely on close-knit teams working on shared projects. vCloudPoint's Zero Client technology offers an innovative and cost-effective solution for small and midsize businesses. By eliminating the complexities and expenses associated with traditional computing, vCloudPoint empowers SMBs to optimize their IT investments and create a scalable and efficient infrastructure. From cost savings to streamlined IT management and enhanced security, vCloudPoint provides a comprehensive solution tailored to the unique needs of SMBs.

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Q&A: The new face of security – Thin & zero clients

The first thin client was introduced more than 20 years ago to address the cost, complexity and security challenges of non-traditional work environments. Today, the use cases for thin clients are only growing, as IT teams struggle to simplify their management processes, and companies place more focus on security than ever before. Thin clients remain the most reliable, easiest-to-manage, most energy-efficient and highest-security endpoint option available and are the driving force behind virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), a common enabler of today’s mobile workforce. To make this technology even more appealing and accessible, the cost of VDI is dropping. All of these conditions have led to a growing adoption of thin clients among industries that might never have considered this technology, or been able to afford it, in the past. 1. What key benefits can businesses expect from deploying thin clients? Thin clients are typically implemented to address organisations’ growing need for security and to control data centrally without creating more complexity for IT teams. As no data resides on the endpoint, thin clients are inherently secure as end users can access and use the data while it resides securely in the data centre. It is also easy for IT to manage and deploy thin clients. The image can be deployed to hundreds or even thousands of thin clients through a centralised management pane, as opposed to traditional endpoints that have to be imaged and deployed individually. Finally, thin clients are cost-effective for organizations. Because thin clients have limited components and no moving parts, they have a long lifecycle – about six to eight years on average – and a less than one per cent failure rate, which is about four times better than other options. They are also very power efficient. Wyse zero clients use about 90 per cent less energy than a standard PC, while traditional thin clients use as little as one-seventh the power of a standard PC. 2. Are there specific industries that are adopting thin or zero clients over others? The use cases for thin and zero clients are expanding due to a variety of factors: the workplace is evolving – people are working on multiple devices from multiple locations, and at the same time, security has never been more important as cyber threats continue to grow. The cost and complexity of VDI has been decreasing steadily, while the performance and positive user experience has been progressively increasing. With the lower costs of thin clients, many industries that need to provide additional mobility to their workers find that they can provide a thin client and a tablet device at the same cost as a new desktop. VDI adoption has traditionally been the domain of highly regulated industries, and one sector where we’re seeing rapid adoption is healthcare. Doctors are using their own devices to access electronic medical records (EMR), whether they’re in hospitals or medical offices or on call. The nursing and clinical staff need to access these EMRs as well, so there is a need to maintain data integrity, security, and the flexibility for a number of healthcare workers to access the same file from multiple locations. Compliance regulations such as HIPAA require that the right controls are in place to ensure patient confidentiality and the security of those files. VDI is a particularly powerful solution in this environment because, in essence, it turns user devices into simple screens and keyboards for the server-based applications, keeping the data in one centralized location. A prime example is the Watershed Addiction Treatment program, which used its private cloud and VDI technology to provide six-second access to EMRs. This helps medical staff collaborate across multiple locations as expeditiously as if they were at the same site. While Watershed’s old system was slow and unreliable, employees can now work securely and productively from various locations on a variety of devices. 3. Do you see security playing a larger role in thin client adoption? Absolutely. The desire to ensure the highest level of security, while simultaneously alleviating the burden on IT departments, is making thin clients an appealing option for many organizations, not just those in highly regulated industries. Recent research from Freeform Dynamics highlighted the growing appetite for the inherent security of thin clients, demonstrating that businesses are beginning to integrate thin and zero client solutions more widely into their overall IT strategies. The report showed that 69 per cent of business leaders believe the improved security associated with thin and zero clients is a significant benefit to their organization, while 70 per cent say these solutions have a natural role to play in a modern corporate environment. Further, businesses are looking for solutions that don’t burden finite IT resources, and are increasingly investing in solutions that can remain completely secure throughout their lifespan without the need for constant updates. 4. What makes thin and zero clients more secure than traditional PCs or laptops? The difference between a thin or zero client and a traditional PC or laptop is that with thin and zero clients, no data resides on the endpoint. Today, 95 per cent of all security breaches start on just one endpoint, so a virtual desktop environment where the apps and data reside centrally in the server can significantly reduce the risk of data loss or theft, malware and ransomware attacks. 5. How do thin and zero clients maintain data integrity without compromising IT control and security? Thin and zero clients are inherently secure. They enable IT departments to centrally control and manage the data, as it resides in the datacenter and is accessed remotely on the endpoint but does not ever reside there. This also helps maintain data integrity as the data itself stays in one place, even when accessed remotely by several people. Issues like version control when multiple people in remote locations are accessing files, for example an engineering firm with employees in the field, are therefore mitigated. Work from home becomes easier as well, since workers can use a thin client for work, while the family shares the PC for personal activities. This prevents the need to share a single device, and ensures that software loaded onto the PC by family members does not affect the security of the work activities. 6. Why do zero clients provide a superior level of security, and what does a zero attack surface mean? Zero clients give customers an even higher level of security because nothing is stored on the device itself, and the brains of the device is simpler and easier to protect. Whereas traditional PCs maintain surfaces where threats can take hold – for example operating systems, CPU or memory – zero clients don’t include common target operating systems like Linux or Windows, making the endpoint virtually impenetrable to device or network-borne attacks. This is what is meant by the term zero attack surface – there is nothing for malware to attack. Valuable data is instead securely stored in the datacenter and is streamlined to users through encrypted protocols. 7. With cybercriminals becoming more sophisticated, is it safe to assume that thin clients will become a bigger target? Thin clients offer far fewer opportunities for cyber criminals, but that does not mean that they’re 100 per cent immune from those determined to get in. Although data does not reside on the edge with a VDI solution, it is still possible for malware to infiltrate a network through a locally accessed web browser, USB stick or other locally connected peripheral devices. To prevent security attacks, organizations should ensure that all endpoints, especially those with a popular and well understood OS like Windows or derivatives, incorporate specific security solutions that offer advanced threat protection capabilities – some effective solutions have recently become available. That said, the majority of cybercriminals will look for the path of least resistance – the unpatched software, the employee who falls for a phishing scam – and thin clients provide much greater protection, and therefore are in themselves a deterrent from the crimes of opportunity. 8. Where do you see the thin client market heading in the next five years? We expect to see increased adoption of thin clients and VDI outside of regulated industries, particularly in the mid-markets. The greater accessibility and ease-of-use of VDI appliances will help mid-size businesses adopt VDI in a way that is easy to deploy and can scale cost-effectively from 75 to 5,000 seats. We also see use cases for the thin client concept emerging as IoT display devices – more on this to come. There’s no doubt that companies will also continue to put greater emphasis on security and simplicity in order to support business initiatives, and VDI is poised to meet those needs in a manageable and affordable way.  

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What is Zero Client Computing for Desktop Virtualization?

What is Zero Client Computing for Virtual Desktops? Desktop Virtualization made simple with Pano Logic zero clients for VMware Virtual Desktop Instrastucture (VDI) or Microsoft Hyper-V as well as Citix.

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