Thin Client

The Intel® NUC is your ideal thin client building block.

What Is Thin-Client Computing?

The following table clarifies various categories as they relate to desktop computing.

Station/Usage

Session

OS/Storage/Processing

Example

Rich-client (Desktop)

Local

Full OS on local storage, processing on local data

PC running desktop OS

Thin-client
(traditional definition)

Local + Remote

Full OS on local storage, processing on remote CPU/OS accessible via the network

Desktop OS launches thin client app to access remote desktop session

Zero-client

Remote

Minimal or no OS on local storage
(full OS/processing on remote server)

Device with embedded OS (or network boot OS) to access remote desktop session

Web thin-client

Web

Browser-focused OS on local storage
(access web pages/apps)

Kiosk or web-only access station

Note: The descriptions provided below are by our partner vendors and have not been verified by Intel.