Thin clients of all kinds are doing well. Servers are where the ugly parts of computing reside so we can be cool, quiet and comfortable doing anything in IT optimally. Anyone who thinks the usual fat client is the way to do anything should explain how a single hard drive, limited to ~100 MB/s is better than a huge database residing in ECC RAM with many gB/s bandwidth in some distant server-warehouse. If you want power, servers are more powerful than any PC and they can be clustered if one is not enough. If you need flexible resources, servers can share loads and add and subtract from the cloud any way you want. It’s only a few cases where you are not online or where huge volumes of data need to be at your finger-tips that thin clients don’t work.
“today, there just isn’t that much that you can you do on a PC that you can’t do on a Chromebook. Indeed, some people, including yours truly and Computerworld’s J.R. Raphael, were already using Chromebooks all the time even before the recent refresh.”
Chromebooks are one of a dozen kinds of thin clients that are rapidly being put into service. Almost all smart thingies use cloud services much of the time. Millions of terminal servers and their clients work in organizations of any size with buildings full of people needing IT. It’s just too expensive to do IT any other way. Many thin clients need next to nothing for service and servers can be managed by the hundreds by a single human. Wintel wants to sell you a hard drive, a licence and a powerful CPU for every seat because that’s their business model, not yours. You want the best IT for the lowest price, right?
I don’t think it will take more than a year or two until all manners of thin clients are on top. It’s the right way to do IT.