What is Stateless Computing?

"Stateless Computing" refers to computing devices that do not store any unique software configuration or state within them. Any configuration necessary comes from outside the device - the device being used solely for its computational resources.

To put it simply, devices that save state need to be maintained - stateless devices do not. Devices that save state can introduce security holes in your network - stateless devices may not.

IT professionals will welcome the reduced downtime, ease of maintenance, and network security that come with stateless devices. Money managers will embrace the vastly reduced total cost of ownership of the network at large and the dramatic impact of money spent on the performance of the network as a whole.

See below for more reasons why we say:

Keep it Simple. Keep it Stateless. Keep it Symbio.


  Never having to worry about data security
Stateless thin clients (also called zero clients) are the most secure desktop devices available. PCs have local storage, which can become corrupted, infected with viruses, or hijacked by hackers. Embedded thin clients also have software that stores information such as preferences and IP addresses.
Stateless or zero thin clients, however, are completely solid-state and record no information of any kind. With your data safely stored on your server, there is no information of any kind that thieves can obtain by stealing the desktop device or by hacking into it. In addition, stateless thin clients work only when they are attached to the network, so they are worthless to a potential thief.
  Managing your desktops remotely
With The Symbiont Boot Appliance, network managers can control and configure your workstations with a few simple clicks. They can even do it remotely from any machine that has Internet access. Centralized control means that updates and new applications can be deployed to everyone instantly. You no longer have to wait for a technician to physically touch a machine to update it. All data is stored on the server side, so it is all backed up on a regular basis.
  Programs that run as fast as your server on a virus-free network
PCs can work with information only as fast as their local processors will run.

With stateless thin clients, however, applications run at the speed of the server on which they are stored. Data is stored on the central server, so your end users can access their information from any workstation in the organization.
  Using programs regardless of their operating system
PCs come with an operating system. Your choice of computer commits you to programs that use that operating system.

With thin client technology, you can push applications from a variety of operating systems, be it Windows, Linux, Unix, etc., to the desktop simultaneously.
  No more broken workstations
Stateless thin clients function 99% of the time, because they have no internal parts that break and no embedded software that can become corrupted. No broken workstations translates into less downtime, improved productivity and reliability that every end user can count on.
  Having workstations that last for years
PCs generally last for 2 to 3 years before they must be replaced to accommodate changes in hardware and software. Embedded thin clients also contain software that can become outdated and will need to be replaced.

Stateless thin clients, however, have no embedded software and no internal moving parts that break, so they last and last.  What does a $200 thin client that lasts for 20 years really cost you? Certainly a lot less than the $12,000 a year that the Tolly Group estimates organizations pay per year to maintain a workstation.
  Slashing the total cost of owning your network
Over the lifespan of your PC, you'll pay 4 to 7 times what it cost for you to buy it just to maintain it. In fact, most IT budgets are devoted to maintaining the network because 75% of workstation expenses are recurring costs.

With their ease of maintenance, stateless thin clients can reduce your TCO by as much as 40%. You'll save on electricity as well, because stateless thin clients use only 5 watts of power, compared to the average 85 watts used by a PC.

That's the promise of stateless computing

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