"Technology moves at a lightning-fast pace. A brand new desktop
computer has an average lifespan of two to five years, after which
both its hardware and its software have become obsolete. For
businesses and other organizations, this poses a significant
challenge as they attempt to keep their IT purchasing budgets down
while simultaneously trying to keep their infrastructures up to
"Enter the thin client--either a repurposed desktop computer or
a brand-new terminal device. It has a monitor, keyboard, mouse,
CPU, CD-ROM and memory, but its hard drive has been removed.
Instead of running a full operating system [OS] and applications
directly from the hard drive, the OS and applications reside on a
central server accessible to all these machines..."