Thin Clients Thrive In 2015

“Unlike ATMs today which are PCs with banking software and antivirus, the Kalpana is a just simple terminal – also known as thin client – that connects to the Cloud where the actual banking system resides.
 
As the system is on the Cloud, new services can be deployed to all Kalpana machines with ease – Harris claims 27% to 40% savings in total cost of ownership over a 12-month period.”
 
See NCR introduces Android-based ATMs
Yes! In 2015 folks all over the world have seen the light. For many purposes, thin clients provide substantial savings and a much easier to manage IT-structure, especially for ATMs, banks, military, schools, folks with rather focussed needs. Why have N copies of everything at great expense per copy when m copies will do where m might be a factor of 1K less to support? Servers can be managed by the best IT-guys in central locations for much better security. No more solitaire-playing workers too… It’s hard to beat the energy efficiency of a desktop PC running on Atom or ARMed CPUs with a small amount of RAM and no hard drive.

I’ve used thin clients in schools for a decade and rarely found their tendency to be weak for full-screen video a deficit, especially in labs with projectors available. With thin clients able to operate on gigabit/s networks and having >1gHz CPUs, some can handle video with much less difficulty by off-loading video-players to thin clients. Folks with few screens running some simple applications can handle huge numbers of thin clients per server. Largo, FL, specializes their servers with applications like LibreOffice or FireFox having their own servers. Imagine how simple it is to manage a server running a single application… and pleasing hundreds of users at the same time. Largo even donates resources from their new servers to FLOSS projects during break-in. On top of this they contribute patches and programming to FLOSS projects to fix bugs or provide features Largo wants. You bet thin clients work for people. The savings from using thing clients can go to doing really useful work in other places.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Thin Clients Thrive In 2015

  1. oiaohm says:

    https://github.com/IonicaBizau/node-cobol
    DrLoser really just to be horible it could be HTML5 front end with a cobol back-end.

  2. DrLoser says:

    Unlike ATMs today which are PCs with banking software and antivirus, the Kalpana is a just simple terminal – also known as thin client – that connects to the Cloud where the actual banking system resides.

    Well, this is fascinating, Robert.
    You, of course, have had at least four highly successful careers in IT. I lag behind with only one or two.
    One of those two was working for Visa for six years. A mere taradiddle, I have to admit. Visa never let me into the Inner Sanctum. I have practically no idea where the back-end of credit card authorizations and reconciliation sits.
    Silly me! I was under the absurd misapprehension that it was on a bunch of Big Iron mainframes running Cobol!
    Still, you’re the expert here, Robert. If you say it runs on the Cloud, then obviously it runs on the Cloud.

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