PC vs. Thin Client
Rising demands on IT departments coupled with decreasing budgets are pressuring IT representatives and necessitate cost reductions as well as more efficient use of existing resources. On this basis, the term Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is discussed. TCO should give the IT representatives a single measured value to denote the cost of acquiring and operating an IT system in their area of responsibility.
TCO is also the variable used by manufacturers as "the" argument to promote their products and services in the field. Server Based Computing is also the focus of the cost discussion and is seen by its promoters as a very effective means for sustainably reducing the cost of IT departments.