Organizations or businesses that require multiple computers to perform the same task can greatly reduce operational costs by using thin clients. However, if the central server fails for any reason, work processes come to a halt since every thin client connected to it becomes barely usable, and this greatly affects business-hour productivity.
The use of thin clients greatly simplifies the management of computer networks because software issues only have to be handled on a single server instead of on every individual machine. If application software needs a maintenance upgrade, there is no need to install the upgrade, update, patch or fix on each work station. Security measures like access levels for users can also be easily implemented using thin clients. Additionally, the chances of getting malware or viruses on the server from the thin client are low because input only comes from mouse and keyboard actions.
A common issue with thin clients is responsiveness. Even the fastest network connection is not as fast as a local machine. The network transmission speeds may affect the thin client application. Delay as data is being transmitted over the network is unavoidable, and the delay is likely to become greater if the distance between the servers and the thin clients is large.