ThinLinc in media production


Valuable unreleased media assets spread out over a fleet of insecure employee devices; Limited remote-work opportunities due to security concerns and network bandwidth; Expensive and underutilized employee hardware; Limiting security policies to protect intellectual property – creative businesses face a number of practical challenges in their pursuit of success. ThinLinc is used by many high-profile media companies across the globe to secure their intellectual property, improve their collaborative workflows, enable remote work, and adhere to strict security policies without sacrificing their productivity.

Blender running inside a ThinLinc session

Blender running on a remote ThinLinc cluster. With support for GPU acceleration, ThinLinc manages even the most demanding graphical workloads.

In practice, this means creatives use ThinLinc to remotely access a graphical Linux environment. We typically see these businesses using ThinLinc in one of the following configurations:

Firstly, using the remote Linux environment provided through ThinLinc as the primary workspace, allowing centralization and better utilization of required powerful hardware, all while keeping valued assets contained within the data center. Moreover – ThinLinc also sees much use in this sector providing graphical Linux environments used as gateways to the internet, significantly hardening the security of the local machine. This is commonly referred to as browser isolation. Web browsing is an inherently insecure activity and therefore beneficially done on a remote machine that does not house valuable intellectual property.

End-user benefits

Doing all the heavy lifting in your creative workflow centrally has many benefits from an organizational point of view. In the case of ThinLinc, these benefits do not come at the expense of end-user experience.

  • In contrast to many other remote desktop solutions, ThinLinc effortlessly delivers a user experience almost indistinguishable from working on the local machine.
  • Supports in-session GPU acceleration through VirtualGL, lossless image compression and high quality synchronized audio, making ThinLinc suitable for the most demanding creative workloads.
  • Give users secure access to their creative workflow from the office, at home, or abroad.
  • Drastically simplifies collaboration in projects with large quantities of data.
  • Let users bring their own device without sacrificing security or risking data leaks.

Sysadmin benefits

ThinLinc also drastically simplifies support and maintenance of your organization’s device fleet.

  • Streamline administration and support efforts with a centrally managed homogenous Linux environment shared between all users.
  • ThinLinc is highly configurable, making compliance to strict security policies a breeze.
  • Cendio is a Linux-focused company by heart and puts great effort into providing software that strongly adheres to the design language of the rest of your Linux system. We strongly believe in the principle of least surprise. In short, getting ThinLinc into production will be a walk in the park.
  • World-class onboarding and support – we will make sure you succeed!

Organizational benefits

Lastly, ThinLinc brings several benefits for the organization at large.

  • Sensitive media assets are contained within your data center.
  • ThinLinc is built around sharing server-side hardware resources between users, meaning powerful and expensive per-employee hardware can be replaced by better utilized server-side hardware, reducing operational costs.
  • A ThinLinc cluster comfortably scales horizontally to thousands of concurrent users.

Do you believe ThinLinc has a place in your organization? Do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to give advice and answer any questions you may have:

Who uses ThinLinc in this context?

Ghost VFX Superprod Walt Disney Studios Technicolor – Moving Pictures

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