Is thin Client really worth it ?
I mean in financial terms. I had a salesdrone from Sun call me, trying to convice me to buy their stuff. We've got (locally) about 10 years worth of falling rolls, although it does look like a slight upturn after that (which means less budget). I'm hoping to be able to save money (so I can spend it elsewhere).
I don't pay the electric bill, although they would be happy if I could reduce it, except when I check the shuttle KWH it's quite low.
1. How long do thin clients really last in schools ? they reckon 10-15 years, but do the students not pull them apart ?
2. We currently have shuttle computers which have very few mechanical parts, usually failures are motherboard related (the NIC, the PS/2 ports, are the main failures). So a thin client, which has no disk, is no better than this. Or is there something else that makes the Thin clients last longer ?
3. A lot of figures are bandied about, but what ratio of servers to clients is actually necessary for a computer room ? Considering we'll get 30-35 machines per room all logging on at the same time, do we need 3 servers for this ?
4. Is there anyone here that has had thin clients installed for 3-5 years in a school, AND is still happy ?