“Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic” – Clarke’s Third Law
One of the magical things I love about thin client/server setups is that the IT people can watch fewer systems to judge the health of the whole system, preventing information overload. Dave Richards, head guy at Largo, FL, IT system notes that:
“The end user experience is improving too because now we know about issues before they are even noticed.”
I saw that on systems with just a few servers and more than 100 clients. His system is many times more expensive with several times more clients than mine had but the result is the same. One guy using the tools of GNU/Linux can manage a whole system better than with that other OS.
Further, the efficiency of the whole system is amazing. Expand the image in the article and you will see load averages greater than 1.0. Still users get improved performance on his $40K servers compared to thick clients not sharing resources. Essentially Dave can make the servers run under a heavy load instead of having the whole system idling to try to be responsive to users. That comes from using a true multi-user OS designed for the purpose. That other OS is descended from a single-user cripple-ware and is further burdened by the megalomaniacs at M$ trying to control the world instead of empowering users to control their hardware.