A thin client solution is a replacement to your PC. It simply connects to the internet to allow access to your accountancy firms hosted desktop.
This means you can save money by replacing your traditional on premise desktop or laptop device. You connect your monitor(s), keyboard & mouse and they also has multiple USB ports. As well as these output devices, you can also have full multimedia for video conferencing and VOIP. A thin client terminal in conjunction with your virtual hosted desktop will give you a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) compared with a traditional solution. You will save money with a thin client, from the moment you replace you traditional PC, right the way through the whole life of the thin client box (up to 350K hours). It is not essential to deploy thin client technology if you move to a hosted desktop, you can continue utilising your existing hardware.
The main benefits of a thin client solution with a hosted desktop for accountants:
Cut costs compared to buying a new desktop or laptop
Rather than having to purchase a new desktop/laptop with the relevant licences for Microsoft Windows and Office, you can simply replace a traditional device with a thin client solution. Your hosted desktop solution comes with MS Windows and (optionally) Microsoft Office 2010.
Drives energy costs down compared with traditional devices.
You can rapidly deploy a replacement thin client terminal without having to re-configure the users settings. You can take them out of the box and be connected to your accountants hosted desktop for within minutes. As an accountancy firm this means you will experience increased chargeable hours compared with replacing a member of staff's PC.
As thin client devices do not have any moving parts and are a far simpler design than desktop PC’s this gives you more reliability. Measured in terms of MTBF (mean time between failure), PC’s offer 30 – 40K hours, but thin clients deliver far better value ratings are between 80 – 375K hours.
If you employ any part time/home workers, you won’t need to provide them with an expensive desktop/laptop with Microsoft Windows and Office. You can simply provide them with a thin client terminal for home use which will connect to the hosted desktop.
PC’s are prone to infection from viruses. A thin client solution in conjunction with a hosted desktop will mean that this concern is a thing of the past. Due to the enterprise class firewall and anti-virus software that is supplied with our hosted desktop for accountants solution.
After you switch on your thin client device, you will be working in your hosted desktop environment within 30 seconds.
As there is no hard disk drive nothing can be saved on to the Thin client, all your accountancy practice data is stored on the hosted desktop on the virtual server. Sarbanes Oxley regulations require data to be protected and centralised, a thin client device in conjunction with your hosted desktop guarantees this.
Sound, Power, Air Conditioning
Thin clients in conjunction with a hosted desktop use a fraction (less than 10 percent) of the electricity required to run traditional computers. As there are no moving parts there’s no noise. And as there’s less heat, there is less reliance on air conditioning in your accountancy firm.
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