Text Terminals, Thin Clients or PCs? Six Arguments in Favor of Choosing Text Terminals When Adding or Replacing Desktops
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Overview: The text terminal is alive and well in thriving organizations –- from giant banks to local credit unions. As these businesses grow and expand, they frequently need to add desktops to support more users. IT managers may be asked to justify their decision to stay with text terminals rather than “upgrading” to thin clients or personal computers with terminal emulation. This justification is simple when one looks at the significant advantages that text terminals offer: simplicity, security, stability and longevity. These advantages add up to a return on investment that exceeds the alternatives. We describe these advantages, and also consider the merits of purchasing new vs. refurbished text terminals.