Business in particular has clung to the notion that PCs age and should be replaced periodically for efficiency and keeping up with current software and hardware. That notion changes severely when PCs are thin clients. With a thin client, the software on the thin client is a minimal OS that shows the pictures and sends the clicks. It doesn’t have to keep up with any trends in software except screen resolution and network speed. Screen resolutions and network speeds hang around for a decade or more. Can a thin client? Yes.
Of course many current PCs have hard drives and fans that do age, require maintenance and eventually need replacement. Failure of a motherboard that is no longer made is more problematic. Can you substitute something suitable as a thin client? Yes, a mini motherboard. Here’s one that only needs memory to make a good thin client: Intel Atomic BOXD410PT. That replacement would keep the user’s workspace looking the same. It is probably better to buy a new thin client that does the same job but takes up much less space for a similar cost. They come with x86 and ARM processors.
The modern fanless thin client will last ten years and we can upgrade the servers to stay current at much less cost than upgrading gazillions of PCs. It is nonsensical to replace thin clients at 3-year intervals.
(note – The HP t5325 runs ARM and ThinPro with RDP protocol. It has been out for a while and used and “opened-box” models are much cheaper. see eBay)
An inteview with a business that saves a bundle using thin clients follows:
Replacing your PCs every few years is a recipe for the continued success of Wintel, not your business. Don’t tie yourself down to legacy models of IT. Modern technology gives you much more flexibility.