What is a zero client?
A zero client is a type of thin client device that has a very small factor with little to no processing, storage, and storage components. It is a compact client-end PC used in a centralized computing infrastructure or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
A zero client is also known as an ultra-thin client.
A zero client generally has no built-in processor, memory, storage, or native operating system (OS). It usually has peripheral and communication ports (such as USB / VGA ports), as well as audio and network ports. A zero client works through a central dedicated server on which the operating system and applications are hosted. It sends and receives computation requests over a network and consumes very little power during full operation.
Exact specifications for can be difficult to remember when comparing zero-client devices versus thin clients, as technology changes rapidly, but the differentiating factor is usually thought of as the operating system for an ultra-thin client on the server is one Thin client on the device.