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Network Computing: Netier's NetXpress Makes a Strong Case for Thin Clients

Sep 05, 2000, 14:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Fudge JR.)

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"As more companies move to lower total cost of ownership (TCO), thin-client computing is becoming a more attractive solution. I tested Netier's NetXpress thin clients along with its Rapport 2.0 management software and found that the software allows for simple configuration and management for NetXpress clients. The simplicity of the solution makes it a good fit for terminal replacement, Web applications, remote desktop access and any other scenario where the overhead of a PC is not required."

"With the cost of a NetXpress workstation hovering around the price of a low-end business PC, the real benefit of this type of solution is not so much the upfront cost of the hardware but rather the overall decrease in TCO. Also, these thin-client systems take less time to administer, and you can hire less experienced people for the administration. This makes the thin-client solution ideal for those companies with consistent computing needs and standard desktop configurations. However, if your company requires a more intricate PC configuration involving many different software-setup scenarios, this solution isn't for you."

"A Netier thin client can be purchased with one of three embedded software options: Windows NT, Linux or NetWin-an embedded Windows for Workgroups designed to maintain backward compatibility with those installations where DOS and 16-bit Windows are still required. I tested the installation of all three OSes on my XL-1000 client. Regardless of the OS, a NetXpress client comes installed with a terminal-emulation suite (ANSI, 5250e, 3270, VT or Wyse) and a Web browser, and supports both the Citrix ICA and Microsoft RDP clients (for running applications on terminal servers). With the possible exception of an IMAP or POP mail client, the client has everything you need to be lean and mean PC user."

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