While the IC’s research organization looks into adding security to cloud environments, in the here and now, intelligence agencies are sharing more data.
Like most projects that affect the daily lives of federal employees, strategy is not the key to success when rolling out a thin-client architecture.
It’s well established that these devices present an opportunity to both improve security and better manage cost, while providing a robust computing experience for users.
Rather, the challenge when deploying thin clients is change management.
For more than two decades, users have gained increasingly powerful PCs; they will be suspicious of any attempts to take away that capability. To assuage their fears, IT needs to take the following actions before, during and after deployment:
The cost of a thin device is roughly half that of a PC, so upgrading is less expensive. In addition, thin clients require refreshment roughly half as often as PCs, extending the cost savings. But most important, software resides on the servers, not the clients, significantly reducing the labor involved for upgrades and patches. CIOs realize the full benefit of remote client management from the data center. The bottom line? Thin clients yield a lower total cost of ownership.