As the technology grows, so is the need of it in every operation or business, choosing the right system and processes can be tough. In a client-server environment, thick client (also called as fat client) is a network computer that can do its function without being dependent to the server, unlike the thin client which is like having several computers that shares only one hard drive. There are many advantages of using thick client than the thin client. Let usknow more about the difference of the two.

Thin client can operate without a hard drive. It processes data and run applications through the server. It needs to be constantly connected to the server to perform its task. It does not necessarily need any software to configure since web browsers can be used to access applications, and also, captured data are sent directly to the server which is being accessed remotely from the server as well, making thin client ideal for operation and business that has several offices or branches. However, it cannot process bulk of data so it consumes more time and if the network is not too fast, it would be a bit of a problem.

While the thick client, unlike the thin client, does not have to be constantly connected to a server as it can perform its tasks without using an application or program from the server and is very useful especially for processing large data – saving a lot of disk space on the server.It uses its own resources to process these programs and data independently. Thick client can also process multimedia-rich programs like video games which require intensive bandwidth support. Also, some applications and even operating systems do not run smoothly on thin client.

In the client-server architecture world, if your operation or business needs to be more secured when it comes to accessing data and system programs, you may choose thin client solution since users only share one hard drive and these clients can be accessed remotely from the server. It is also cheaper than the fat client and you can forget about losing papers in the mail. But the thick client is much more reliable when it comes to processing bulk data and can function efficiently without connecting to the server continuously.

So like any other assets of a business, you need to choose whether you are going to use thin or thick client solution depending on the budget, needs, and its benefits. You also have to look at the disadvantages.

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