Why a thin client is better than a workstation?

We explain why it is preferable to use a thin client (especially the updated Kaspersky Thin Client 2.0) in a virtual desktop infrastructure.

Many companies have long since moved from the traditional workstation model to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). VDI provides many advantages – a better cyber security (not least because the work data does not leave the corporate servers; it always resides in a virtual machine). However, despite a popular misconception, VDI alone does not guarantee security. It always matters how secure the endpoint device that connects to the virtual workplace is.

Broadly, there are two options for using VDI. The first is to employ traditional workstations. The second is to use thin clients. Common benefits of thin clients include the following:

No moving parts: They do not have active cooling systems or mechanical hard drives, which significantly increases the service life of thin clients (up to 7-10 years);
lower energy consumption, which leads directly to savings;
low cost and cost of ownership (even compared to desktops and laptops for office work);
Ease of maintenance and operation.
However, from our perspective, this is not the main benefit of using a thin client. Any workstation, be it a desktop PC or a laptop, should be provided with additional layers of protection. And a thin client can be similarly secured if its operating system is based on secure-by-design principles. This is exactly the operating system — Kaspersky Thin Client 2.0 — that we recommend using in thin clients connected to virtual desktop infrastructure.

What is Kaspersky Thin Client, and what’s new in version 2.0?

Basically, Kaspersky Thin Client 2.0 is an updated operating system for thin clients, built on our cyber immune approach. Thus, it does not require additional security measures. Kaspersky Thin Client is based on our KasperskyOS system, which reduces the risk of its compromise even in case of complex targeted attacks.

The updated Kaspersky Thin Client version 2.0 can connect to remote environments deployed on Citrix Workspace platform and VMware Horizon infrastructure using HTML5 technology. Kaspersky Thin Client 2.0 also supports connections to Microsoft Remote Desktop Services infrastructure, Windows Server, and individual business applications deployed on Terminal Servers running Windows 10/11.

Another major change in KTC 2.0 is performance enhancements. We were able to increase both the speed of application delivery and the speed of system updates (due to the compact size of the OS image). Deploying thin clients under KTC 2.0 via automatic connection now takes about two minutes.

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