4 Steps to Calculate the Cost of Thin Client/ Zero Client Computing

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When choosing what thin client/ zero client solution to use, businesses have to deal with the costs of every one of these units too. That is how they can ensure they are getting the best value for their money. The client of their choice should also have all the necessary computing power and features they need.

However, it is not impressive to note that most companies fail to realize the full cost of the zero clients they are getting until they are well into its use. That is why we have put up this piece to detail everything which goes into the determination of costs of a potential thin client computing solution.

1. Hardware Cost

This is usually a fixed price that can be obtained upfront from the vendor you are getting the zero client computing setup from. The hardware cost is the value of the thin client itself. Still, some vendors might throw in additional packages at a discounted/ free price for a start to sweeten the deal.

We recommend that you go via the official vendor for the best prices.

2. Back-end Software

The entire elaborate system scheme has a thin client as the access point, not the whole of the operational unit. It is, thus, useless to think that it can do all the jobs on the software side by itself. This is the reason why you need to consider the costs you would have to pay in authorizing supporting software, the windows software you would be using on that network, and the cost of the server infrastructure itself.

By so doing, you get an overview of how much to spend in running a zero client in the first place.

3. Hardware

Just like additional software, you need other hardware connections to access the services of the thin client. Work with your IT department to know what kinds of hardware units will be needed for the diverse zero clients out there to see which works best for you.

4. Usage

Not all thin clients work in the same way, according to YourStory.

If users have to go through zero clients (RDS protocol) before they have to share a server system, they do not need VDI software. In other words, they do not have to pay the fees associated with a VDI software, significantly driving down the price for them.

Speaking of driving down price, licensing fees to get Windows software working on the shared server will be much lower than before under this kind of connection protocol.

Should a VDI be used, the overall costs increase per user, on average, by more than $650. We don’t know about you, but that is so much money. It equals a lot more if you have many users on the same network.


Thus, we recommend that users embrace the vCloudPoint platform, which saves all those costs by connecting through the RDS or VDI protocol while still coming with free management software. The price of the terminal unit is only half of that of the conventional thin client. Also, users only need to buy vCloudPoint zero client as well as server hardware and Microsoft Licensing Right. They have no need to pay for the software, saving half of the cost while providing excellent performance experience for users.


With a knowledge of the above, your IT department can do a better long term cost estimation to know what works for the company’s pockets in the long-term.

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