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fat client

(networking)
Opposite of "thin client".

fat client

A user's computer that contains its own applications that are run in the machine. New programs are installed on the local hard disk. This is the typical way people use their computers. Contrast with thin client and fat server. See two-tier client/server.


A Fat Client
A client with a healthy appetite for processing. (Image courtesy of Originetics, Inc.)
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Terms such as cloud computing, hosted desk tops, thin client and fat clients are part of the concept that allows business people to access their computers from devices such as iPads and iPhones without being the office, explained Exocloud director Farrukh Choudhry.
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