Do you know your thin clients from your thick clients? Extech Cloud unjumbles IT Jargon

IT Jargon

Do you know your thin clients from your thick clients? Extech Cloud unjumbles IT Jargon

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IT is very much an essential part of most everyday lives, yet much of the language used can be alienating. As much as we try to use simple language, as IT specialists, Extech Cloud is sometimes guilty of using terminology that is not familiar to everybody, so here we are going to break down a few commonly used IT terms.

Cloud Services Cloud services covers a range of different services that are provided to private customers and companies via the internet including data storage. Cloud services are designed to help customers access applications and resources quickly and easily, without using internal hardware or infrastructure. If you access email online, or share and collaborate on documents, for example, you are already using cloud services.

Extech Cloud has many years of experience with public cloud solutions, but did you know that we previously built and managed our own hosted service platforms and data centres in Sussex as early as 2011. This allows us to fully understand and utilise all the benefits of public cloud platforms and deliver the best infrastructure for your business needs.

Colocation Colocation facilities provide equipment, space, bandwidth, power, cooling, and physical security for the server, storage, and networking equipment of other firms. They also connect them to a variety of telecommunications and network service providers with minimum cost and complexity.

Cybersecurity You are likely already familiar with the word cybersecurity, but some people are not fully aware of what it covers. Also sometimes known as computer security, or information technology security (IT security), cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and networks from information disclosure. It also includes protection against the theft of or damage to hardware, software, or electronic data, and the disruption or misdirection of the services provided.

Extech Cloud fosters close industry links to authoritative cybersecurity and compliance organisations, and continually research, to ensure we understand all trends and developments to security threats and compliance. We are well placed to assist our customers in keeping up-to-date with IT Security and compliance measures.

Digital Transformation Digital transformation is the name given to the adoption of digital technology by a company in order to improve business processes, add value for customers and innovate the products and services offered by the company, as well as the company itself.

It is the process of going paperless and moving a business’s working practices to the cloud, enabling remote, flexible, and easy collaboration. Specifically, it helps to reduce capital expenditure and the need for businesses to own IT hardware.

At Extech Cloud we are Digital Transformers. We help businesses grow faster, keep the best staff, and optimise efficiency, creating a modern workplace.

Modern Workplace The Modern Workplace‘ supports collaborative working wherever you need to work, seamlessly across your devices. It shifts the working practice from traditional folder/email working to real-time collaboration through products such as Microsoft Teams as well as the co-authoring of documents with real-time chat and conferencing facilities. Microsoft’s Modern Workplace technologies deliver an enhanced level of security and compliance with integrated tools to protect your workforce and your company’s data.

Extech Cloud has been delivering innovative desktop solutions to clients for 20 years. In the journey to the cloud, we are often recognised by industry partners to be at the forefront of delivering innovative modern workplace solutions to clients to enhance productivity.

Thin Client A thin client is a simple (low-performance) computer that has been optimised for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. It is intended for working in a clientserver model, however, it has significant local processing power. This contrasts with a fat or thick client or a conventional personal computer, which aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thick / Fat Client A thick client is a type of client device in client-server architecture that has most hardware resources on board to perform computation operations, run applications and perform other functions independently. Although a thick client can perform most operations, it still needs to be connected to the primary server to download programs and data, and to update the operating system.

Thick clients are generally implemented in computing environments when the primary server has low network speeds, limited computing, and storage capacity to facilitate client machines, as well as if there is a requirement to work offline.

Talk to the IT Could specialists at Extech Cloud

We understand that the world of IT can be baffling, and as specialists we aim to remove the confusion, simplify processes, and to help businesses operate efficiently and effectively. Contact an Extech Cloud specialist for help with your Cloud IT system, today.

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