Gartner Research

Decision Point for Thin-Client Selection

Published: 21 April 2014

ID: G00257628

Analyst(s): Gunnar Berger


Organizations deploying server-hosted virtual desktops or server-based computing solutions typically desire to replace the endpoint with a thin client. This Decision Point compares a variety of thin-client platforms, including Android, Chrome OS, Linux, Windows and zero clients.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Business Scenario

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • User Experience
    • Management
    • Security
    • Longevity
    • Flexibility
    • Cost


  • Repurposed PC
  • Windows Thin Clients
  • Zero/ASIC Clients
  • Custom "Zero" Clients
  • Linux x86 Clients
  • Linux SoC Clients
  • Android-Based Clients
  • Chrome OS as a Thin Client
  • Overview of Client Alternatives

Future Developments

  • Change in Application Development
  • Bring Your Own Device

Decision Tool

  • Directions
    • Getting Started
    • Qualifying Questions
    • Criteria Questions
    • Reading the Report

Decision Justification

  • Repurposed PC
  • Windows Thin Clients
  • Zero/ASIC Clients
  • Linux x86 Clients
  • Linux SoC Clients
  • Android-Based Clients
  • Chrome OS as a Thin Client

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