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Thin clients can slash SME IT costs, say researchers

Small businesses could cut their IT costs in half by ditching PCs and replacing them with thin clients, according to research.

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Small businesses could cut their IT costs in half by ditching PCs and replacing them with thin clients, according to research.

Thin client computing is normally associated with large corporates, but research from Lancaster University reveals an advantage for SMEs.

The research, carried out on behalf of supplier Thinspace, focused on companies with between six and 100 members of staff.

It revealed that these companies can reduce overall costs by 50%. This includes a 71% reduction in IT maintenance and 61% reduction in capital expenditure.

Thin clients are basic terminals that connect to the central server with none of the applications and storage on the desktop.

The hardware costs less, consumes less power and it is easier to secure systems on the server rather than on each desktop. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is reducing desktop IT costs through thin client technology. This is part of a £300m contract with Fujitsu to provide support and services to 140,000 desktops across the UK.

"Small business success is critical to the UK economy as they comprise well over half of the UK's private sector employment and turnover, said Lisa Layzell, CEO at Thinspace. "Being able to cut IT costs by over half can potentially improve the health and prosperity of the SMB sector and generate a more positive economic outlook."

>> See what thin clients could do for your business with this online calculator, based on the study.

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