You don't hear much about thin client computing these days. As yet another new tool on the shelf, thin computing was the rage in the mid-1990s, as financial institutions clamored to provide control and security at the desktop by providing networked PCs that held and controlled data at the host.Not gone and certainly not forgotten, thin client computing is experiencing yet another surge in popularity.

By 2010, roughly 30% of U.S. financial institutions of all sizes will be using thin clients for at least a portion of their core business operations, notes Boston- based research firm Celent LLC, which predicts about 60,000 workstation installations overall. In the insurance sector, the increase may be more rapid: Approximately 10% of customer service reps and claims/underwriting processing clerks could move to thin-terminals before the end of 2008, predicts Celent.

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